Category: Reel Spin

India-The All-in-One Destination to make films

Indian Cinema is so much more than Bollywood; different languages, styles and regional flavours add its richness: Mr. Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, TIFF

An India Breakfast Networking Session was hosted by I&B Ministry on the side-line of its participation at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2019. Ms Apoorva Srivastava, Consul General of India, Toronto; Mr Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director & Co-Head, TIFF and the Indian Delegation interacted with the participants at the Session.

The Indian Delegation apprised the participants about friendly policy initiatives and framework for filming in India  and also on the process and procedure for obtaining clearance for shooting through single window mechanism at Film Facilitation Office. The Delegation explored collaboration and partnerships for the Golden Jubilee Edition of IFFI 2019 and invited the world to be a part of the Celebrations in Goa this November.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Cameron Bailey said that there is a very strong bond between Indian Cinema and TIFF. He highlighted the range of Indian Cinema, stating that it is so much more than Bollywood. He talked about the  richness of Indian cinema with different styles, languages and regional flavours which are reflected in the large scale musicals, animations, serious dramas, comedies and other genres of films produced in India. He also stated that there is no country in the world that makes films like India does. Continue reading “India-The All-in-One Destination to make films”

Literature in Limelight! Films on Floodlight!

#TIFF19

Camera! Lights! Action! Tiff ’19 has officially begun! There’s something for everyone, like always.

For the literature enthusiasts, here’s a few films that are inspired from literary adaptations!

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Director Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin) brings his sardonic wit — and a stellar cast that includes Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw — to Charles Dickens’ classic autobiographical novel.

This brilliant adaptation adds aesthetic touch and diversity, thereby modernising the content. The dialogues are very witty, with some superb  direction and amazing performances by the actors.

The central idea of the film is that great art is born of great experience, and one’s true fortune can be measured in friends. Continue reading “Literature in Limelight! Films on Floodlight!”

‘Mission Mangal’ wins hearts all over: Critics call it the ‘Best Film of the Year’

India’s first space film Mission Mangal has received a unanimous thumbs up from the Indian media. The film that is based on India’s first interplanetary mission – the Mars Orbiter Mission – has opened to glowing reviews, with film buffs branding the film as the best film of 2019, with some critics even calling it Akshay Kumar’s best film to date! The film has received rave reviews for the incredible performances by the entire cast and the brilliant direction by debutant Jagan Shakti. The climax of the film has found a special mention with the gripping screenplay grabbing eyeballs. Some critics have even predicted that the film has the potential to be Akshay Kumar’s highest grossing film so far. The film has patriotic undertones as it narrates a tale of ordinary people doing extraordinary things making the nation proud.

After tales of heroism that were untold such as in films ‘Airlift’, ‘Rustom’ and ‘Kesari’, extending his fem-force messaging in films such as ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Pad Man’, in ‘Mission Mangal‘, Akshay Kumar celebrates the power of women scientist and their achievements.

Announcing the failed launch of GSLV-F06 on December 25, 2010, due to a small mistake by Project Director Tara Shinde, Rakesh Dhawan, a fellow scientist working with her, takes the blame for her, in the opening scene. As a result, he is relocated to work on Mangalyaan as punishment. The MoM (Mars Orbiter Mission) is thought of as an impossible mission by his coworkers due its aim of reaching Mars with its tight budget.

Vidya Balan, who is the Project Director is always bubbling with energy and ideas and she is the one to life up Akshay Kumar’s spirits with crazy ideas. Her motto is simply “Anything is possible.” The temporary scrapping of the then Chandrayan 2 mission takes Vidya Balan to experience a Eureka moment.   Mocked upon by their over-ambitious dreams, Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan are assigned a team of juniors comprising rookie scientists Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu and Nithya Menon.  The hardships faced by Akshay Kumar and his team and how they chose to overcome it is the crux of the story.

The MoM satellite is finally launched on PSLV on November 5, 2013, and is named Mangalyaan (Sanskrit: Mars-Craft) and is successfully inserted into Earth’s orbit. Scientist Rakesh Dhawan (Akshay Kumar) and his team celebrates the successful launch. After spending 298-day transit to Mars, MoM satellite is inserted into Mars orbit on 24 September 2014, making India the  4th country  in the world to do so and the first country to do it in the first attempt.

Continue reading “‘Mission Mangal’ wins hearts all over: Critics call it the ‘Best Film of the Year’”

Sofia Carson becomes Global Ambassador for the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today singer and actress Sofia Carson will become a global ambassador for the Foundation. Carson’s role will include advocating, promoting, and increasing awareness of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation’s mission and educational programs.  She will also participate in events to help raise funds and promote the Latin GRAMMY Foundation’s primary charitable focus: to provide scholarships to students interested in Latin music, grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and preservation of diverse Latin music genres, and music education programs, including musical instrument donations to schools in need.

Since its establishment five years ago, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has donated a remarkable $5 million USD in scholarships, grants, musical instrument donations, and educational events in the United States and Ibero-America.

“Sofia Carson is an exceptional role model for all”, said Becky Villaescusa, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Corporate Development, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “Her education, discipline, and dedication inspire the music makers of tomorrow and we are incredibly thankful for her passion and generosity toward the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. We know she will be an outstanding ambassador, helping us make strides in our awareness efforts and growth.”

“I am immensely proud to be the first Global Ambassador for the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, a foundation whose goal is to provide the Latin youth of the world with the precious gift of music education, and the priceless opportunity to share their music,” said Carson. “The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and the incredible team behind its heart, offer life-changing opportunities to youth who are deeply committed to their art and are driven by their desire to leave behind a lasting musical legacy. I am deeply grateful. It is truly my privilege to be a part of this most worthy cause.”

In the world of entertainment, Carson is a force of nature, rising to the top of all she endeavors with grace and style. Carson was featured on the soundtrack to the Walt Disney film Descendants, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Continue reading “Sofia Carson becomes Global Ambassador for the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation”

“Deeply moved by the movie-Super30”-Vice President of India

Education plays a key role in empowering people; Appreciates mathematician Shri Anand for starting Super30 to train underprivileged students for IIT-JEE entrance; 
Watches the Movie Super30 along with Shri Hrithik Roshan

The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that he was deeply moved by the movie- Super30 starring Hrithik Roshan in the lead role.

‘I was deeply moved by the inspirational story of Anand, who fought against all odds to provide a brighter future for impoverished children,’ he said after watching the special screening of the movie along with the lead actor of the film Shri. Hrithik Roshan, Producer Shri. Sajid Nadiadwala, Shri. Anand Kumar, and his family members at Upa Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi today.

The Vice President congratulated the makers of the movie Super30 for showcasing the dedication, commitment and the missionary zeal of a teacher who worked tirelessly to realize the dreams of scores of bright and talented students.

Shri Naidu also lauded the efforts of Shri Anand for starting Super 30 coaching center and appreciated his efforts in tracking the talented students from economically backward sections of the society and for honing their skills by providing training.

‘This noble gesture done by him is worthy of emulation by others,’ he added.

The movie- Super30 depicts the life and struggles of a brilliant mathematician Anand Kumar who coaches 30 underprivileged students for IIT-JEE entrance exam each year.

The Vice President said that education plays a key role in empowering people and development of the society and the nation.

Shri Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO, Reliance Entertainment, Producers of Super30, Shri Madhu Mantena, Chairman of Prasar Bharati, Shri A. Surya Prakash, and others were present. Continue reading ““Deeply moved by the movie-Super30”-Vice President of India”

#BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy to kick off the monstrous festival

The largest South Asian festival in Canada is kicking off this year with #BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy on July 18. The Launch Party will be held at C Banquets inside the Mississauga Civic Centre, starting at 6 PM, and will feature a side-splitting comedy show, silent disco, and more.

#BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy will be hosted by comedian Amish Patel, and will feature Faisal Butt – an award-winning stand-up comic, Jennifer Hsiung – the only female comedian to reach the finals of 2017 Hong Kong International Comedy Competition, Foad Hassanpoor of Just for Laughs in Montreal fame, Moe Ismail – an honest, raw & energetic comedian, Keesha Brownie – one of North America’s candid comedians and Toronto-based comedian Neema Nazeri, who has performed at venues across the GTA like the Corner Comedy Club.

  The #BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy also presents the opportunity to meet and mingle with the 2019 #BollywoodMonster Mashup headliners, Yasser Desai (singer of the hit songs “Naino Ne Baandhi” and “Pallo Latke”) and Nikhita Gandhi (singer of the chartbusters “Raabta” and “Qaafirana”), as well as other performers from this year’s festival.

“We are excited to celebrate all our fantastic sponsors, funders, media partners, artists and collaborators at the #BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy, for helping our team put together this great festival for the people of the GTA,” says Artistic Director of MonstrARTity, Vikas Kohli. “We are also particularly excited to not only provide attendees with the opportunity to meet and speak with movers and shakers but also remain committed to being an innovative, monstrous festival by presenting a silent disco for the first time ever. Join us on July 18th to be a part of it all!” Continue reading “#BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy to kick off the monstrous festival”

Madaari Mania Hits North America

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir – In Cinemas June 21

Madaari Mania is hitting fans from the across the world with millions of hits from people of all demographics and crossing all age barriers.  Sung by Vishal Dadlani and Nikhita Gandhi and music by Amit Trivedi, the Madaari song, that has everyone swinging and tapping their toes, is from the film The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir that will be released in cinemas in Canada June 21.

Renowned actor Dhanush stars as the lead in the international film co-produced by France, India and Belgium. Directed by Ken Scott, the film also features Berenice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi, Erin Moriarty and Abel Jafri as well as Gérard Jugnot, Ben Miller, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, and Stefano Cassetti.

Dhanush plays Ajatashatru Lavash Patel, a poor boy who grows up to be a street magician and embarks on an extraordinary voyage across Europe in search of his estranged father. During his trip, he finds love in a Swedish furniture store in Paris, but danger with Somalian migrants ensues and he ends up in London, then more threats follow the young man until he finds himself in Rome, where an unlikely threat shadows the hustler on to a hot-air balloon that rides across the Med.

The film has been adapted from Romain Puértolas’ best-selling novel The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Caught In An Ikea Wardrobe.  The screenplay of the film was written by Puértolas and Luc Bossi who is also producing through his Paris-based company Brio Films. Other co-producers include Vamonos Films, Little Red Car Films, Scope Pictures, M! Capital Ventures, Impact Films and Golden Ratio Films.

The film has won many awards, distributed in Canada by A-Z films and will be in cinemas across Canada on June 21.

Dhanush speaks candidly to his fans and audiences about the film:

The screenplay

It had a fantastic message to send out to the world, combined with irresistible humor. It was also the promise of a journey I hadn’t yet dared to take in my career. You rarely get the chance of being offered a role like that. Continue reading “Madaari Mania Hits North America”