Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival hosts the ‘Women In Film’ panel discussion with eminent women from the world of cinema

 

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On Tuesday, November 3rd, Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India brought together distinguished women from Indian and international cinema.  Shabana Azmi, Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra and American filmmaker Ava DuVernay took part in a conversation on Women in Film that was powered by Lifebuoy and their initiative ‘Help a Child Reach 5’  that examined the position of women in film today.

The session commenced with the screening of a moving film about Lifebuoy’s ‘Help a Child Reach 5’ initiative. Made by acclaimed director Anand Gandhi, the film which deals with the issue of infant mortality left the audience visibly touched. The discussion was then kicked off by Anuvab Pal who moderated the conversation and touched upon important topics ranging from the relation between gender and characters to the wage disparity that still remains prevalent across many industries.

In response to a question, Kangana Ranaut expressed, “I feel it’s not about female or male centric characters, it is about a character that has lived and been loved.”

Vidya Balan shares her views stating that, “I have seen growth and I am happy with it. You have to look at the journey and not the destination.”

Talking about the portrayal of women in films, actor Shabana Azmi said, “It has been left to parallel cinema to portray women with any kind of complexity”.

Ava DuVernay spoke about the issues women face in Hollywood and said, “There is a definite kind of film a woman is allowed to make”. She then added, “because of economics women are not given the budget or trust to make films apart from romantic comedy.”

Kiran Rao also expressed that “women must stand up and know their worth and their value”

The panel was preceded by a brunch that celebrated women in film. Attended by women at the top of their game in media and film, the occasion was made even more special by Sula Vineyards which did a tasting of their new sparkling wine- Brut Tropicale.

The winners of Balaji’s GIFTH 2011-2012 film awards.


Balaji hosted its second GIFTH 2011-2012, a dream come true for millions of Colors’ viewers who can now witness their favorite film and television stars entertaining and being felicitated on the same platform.

The night glittered at Filmcity as the stalwarts in film and television sashayed down the red carpet for one of the biggest nights of the year.

The 15th March 2012 saw Balaji Telefilms Ltd., India’s leading creator of content in films, television and new media, host its second Global Indian Film & Television Honours (GIFTH)– the nation’s first joint film and television awards event.

Apart from the biggest names from the Balaji camp also making their presence felt were Bollywood stars Ranbir Kapoor,Saif Ali Khan,Vidya Balan,veterans Rishi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor,Kangana Ranaut,Bipasha Basu,Priyanka Chopra and Zareen Khan.

Anchored by effervescent director/producer Karan Johar , who had audiences in splits, the star studded night saw stupendous performances by Priyanka Chopra who grooved to Usha Uthap’s beats,Saif Ali Khan who performed to “Pyaar Ki Pungi” from his forthcoming release Agent Vinod,television’s favorite Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar,Shweta Tiwari and Muoni Roy and a special act by Akshay Kumar.

The GIFTH 2011-1012 honored 6 main categories namely Popular, Technical, Programming, Achievement, Special Honours and Voters’ Choice and 30 sub categories. The best of 2011 was decided entirely through a combination of jury and public voting.

It was a huge night for the production‘s in house film The Dirty Picture which bagged a whopping 9 awards including those for Best Film (Jury),Best Director (Jury),Best Dialogues, Best Playback Singing, Best Choreography ,Best Costume while lead and National Award winner Vidya Balan  walked away with the award for Best Actress ( Popular category) and the special honor of “Box Office Icon of the Year”.

 

Others to have graced the stage included Ranbir Kapoor who won the award for Best Actor (Popular Category) ,Hrithik Roshan Best Actor (Jury),Farhan Akhtar Best Supporting Actor ,Bipasha Basu and Akshay Kumar who won the Gitanjali Style Icon honors and Amitabh Bachchan for his Lifetime Achievement in films to name a few.

 

GIFTH 2011-2012 will be televised on Colors, India’s No.1 GEC on 15th April, 2012 with a special curtain raiser telecast on the 1st April.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAHURAT OF ‘SHOOTOUT AT WADALA”

BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Kangana Ranaut has definitely come a long way with her fashion style which clashed with her twangy accent. One did notice an improvement in Kangana’s English diction skills. Dressed almost like a show-stopper with an exclusive one-piece, Kangana will be seen in a typical Maharashtrian look and plays the love interest opposite John Abraham. Being the only female entity in this ‘male-to-order’ film, Kangana is sure she will stand out despite having played a Don’s love interest in her previous films.

Sonu Sood has no grouses over being a replacement actor for Vivek Oberoi who walked out of the film. It’s reported that Vivek wanted the director to flesh his role out more so he could stage a comeback at the box-office. Obviously Gupta refused. “When Sanjay narrated the script to me over a period of 3 hours, I was almost transported into the 70’s era. Having been a great fan of Sanjay Gupta’s films, I am sure he will do justice to all the character’s roles. And frankly I am not doing any special research for playing Dawood’s role since I am in safe hands with my director.”

And to end it off, Ekta Kapoor as usual was fashionably late and made an entry after the press conference had begun. Anil Kapoor did a paay laagu producerni-ji for her. Obviously Ekta has the knack of churning gold pots at the box-office with her recent hits. And Anil and the other star-cast definitely know which side of the bread needs to be buttered up. One can’t help but comment on the zillion coloured stone rings that adorn Ekta’s fingers with all the different coloured babaji ka dhaagas. Hope soon, one sees an engagement ring on the Czarina’s fingers too.