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Highway, Diya Aur Baati Hum, Udann and Beti project honoured at Elevate 2015

Imtiaz Ali’s movie Highway, the Star Plus daily soap Diya Aur Baati Hum, Colors social message show Udann and Anu Ranjan’s Ngo Beti fighting for the cause of the girl child, were honoured with felicitations at The Third Eye’s program Elevate 2015, the second annual conclave held at The Club, Mumbai, this week.

In partnership with The Club, the event was marked by panel discussions and felicitations of various network and studio teams, Bollywood film and television writers, producers and directors, whose projects have made a profound impact on audiences.

Coinciding with the International Women’s Day, Garry Lyons of the University of Leeds, UK, along with activist-filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, presided over the conclave. Ms Vinta Nanda, CEO and managing director, Acee The Third Eye gave the opening address.

Prominent speakers including Amit Khanna, Ketan Mehta, Deepa Sahi, Sudhir Mishra, Dr. Sanjiv Badhwar, Sanjay Tripathy, Dr. Nikhil Datar,
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Passion Unfolds – Rang Rasiya

Rang Rasiya based on Ranjit Desai’s Marathi novel which depicts the love and life of India’s renowned painter Raja Ravi Varma, is finally hitting the theatres today. The film has won audience choice awards in many countries, has been one of the most awaited releases.

Actor Randeep Hooda, who plays the reel artist, says “I think it will be one of the most important films of my career. I’m glad it’s releasing now because had it come out before, it would have been ahead of its time.”

Nandana Sen, who portrays the role of legendary painter’s muse Sugandha, says, “When the content is so beautiful and your belief in it is strong, the courage to do it comes naturally.” Director Ketan Mehta says, “The reactions to the film made me feel that the journey has been worth it. Due to my family which has had freedom fighters,
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Rang Rasiya the film is a dramatized version of the novel “Raja Ravi Varma” by Ranjit Desai

Rang Rasiya the film, produced Maya Movies Pvt. Ltd. & Infinity Filmed Entertainment, and directed by the noted Indian filmmaker Ketan Mehta is a dramatized version of the novel “Raja Ravi Varma” by Ranjit Desai and does not claim to be a true story. The film produced by Deepa Sahi & Aanand Mahendroo is being distributed worldwide by Jayantilal Gada (Pen).

Though the film has been very well received across several noteworthy international film festivals and audiences across the globe has appreciated the film,certain individuals have taken objection to the portrayal of Raja Ravi Varma in the film and thereby to clarify the same the disclaimer has been added. Said director Ketan Mehta, “Rang Rasiya tells the story of a great artist. This film pays homage to Art and Artists and does not intend to malign the image of any person living or dead.

A special disclaimer has also been inserted
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Rang Rasiya touches the hearts of the Baroda Royal Family!

Post the screening of the film Rang Rasiya, the Royal family of the illustrious Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda, were the most impressed audience.

Given it was Sayajirao Gaekwad III who had built the studio for the artist in the palace grounds, their opinion brought smiles all over. Rajmata Shubhanginiraje who played host to the grand premiere for the film in Baroda, admitted the film left her feeling very emotional, “I remember six years back when Ketan had come to meet my husband about the film. Today, while seeing the film, I thought of my husband a lot. He was an artist and I wondered what his take would have been and I am sure he would have had his own sensitive outlook on it. It’s a very nice film.”

Alongside Rajmata, were her son Maharaja Samarjitsinh Gaekwad and his wife Radhikaraje Gaekwad.

While Radhikaraje was left impressed by Nanada Sen’s character,
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Ketan Mehta proves where there’s a will, there surely is a way!

Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya, which is soon to hit the theatres is said to be one of the most ambitious project the filmmaker has ever made. While he has made sure he ensure the best of everything for the project, the filmmaker recently confirmed the film had not one but two DOPs (Director of Photography) in the film. When asked what about the film based on Ranjit Desai’s book, Raja Ravi Varma, featuring Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen needed two Dops, Mehta said that they didn’t want to compromise on the cinematography of the film. Given it is a film based on the artistic, Raja Ravi Varma, a celebrated painter and his muse, the director was positive he wanted no one other than Rali Raltchev for the film.

Ravi Varma is such a part of our consciousness that I wanted a fresh pair of eyes to see,
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Manoj Muntashir miffed over being denied credits in Rang Rasiya

Manoj Muntashir miffed over being denied credits in Rang Rasiya
Lyricist Manoj Muntashir is very upset over the fact that he has not been mentioned in the credits of Rang Rasiya despite composing the lyrics for the film. Manoj Muntashir claimed that he had penned the lyrics for the Ketan Mehta directorial six years ago after which the film was stuck. But now, that the film will finally see the light of the day, the lyricist is miffed about his work not being acknowledged. Recalling a similar experience, Manoj further added that when he had written the lyrics for Ketan Mehta's another film Tere Mere Phere, his credits were missing from the film's print and when he had discussed the matter with the filmmaker, it was dismissed as an error. So Manoj decided to stay mum but once again, the error has been repeated and Manoj believes that this time around, the missing credits seems to be a consequence
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Trailer and music launch of film Rang Rasiya

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It was the trailer and music launch of the much awaited film Rang Rasiya and it turned out to be one of the most memorable event for the media. On this occasion Producer Anand Mahendroo and Deepa Sahi, Director Ketan Mehta and Presenter Jayantilal Gada were present. The cast of the film with actor Randeep Hooda playing the protagonist, and his three supporting ladies, actresses Trupta Parashar, Ferena Wazir and Rachna Shah made the event distinctly glitzy.

Also present were melody maestros Sonu Nigam, Kailash Kher, Roopkumar Rathod, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rajeshwari Pathak and Anwarbhai (King of Rajasthani Folk) with his team.

Staying true to the title of the film, Rang Rasiya music launched filled the evening was music and literature that colored the senses. Live performances by Sunidhi Chauhan and Roopkumar Rathod who did a duet with ‘Chaliya’, and Anwar Purkshis who came together with Kailash Kher and turned on
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Lunchbox, '71 producers selected for Omdc's Iff

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Forty Canadian and international producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.Scroll down for full list of projects

The ninth-annual International Financing Forum (Iff), a feature co-financing market for English-language projects, will run Sept 7-8 during Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).

The two-day event includes one-on-one meetings, an industry panel discussion, roundtable meetings, a networking luncheon, and a producers’ opening night networking reception.

Iff partners include Telefilm Canada, UK Trade and Investment (Ukti), and Toronto Film Commission & Entertainment Industries.

Among this year’s international projects are:

The Lunchbox producer Guneet Monga with sci-fi drama Punha, starring Kanal Nayyar of The Big Bang Theory;

Land Ho! producers Mynette Louie and Sara Murphy reteaming with director Aaron Katz on Settlers;

former Screen International Future Leader Sol Bondy of Germany’s One Two Films with Us-based Jennifer Fox with her thriller The Tale to star Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn and [link
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“Ketan and I were both bewildered to read about this fictitious Noc!” – Nandana Sen

It was reported that Nandana Sen, lead actress of Rang Rasiya, would have to give Noc (no objection certificate) to the makers of the film before releasing the erotic content of the film. Rang Rasiya, directed by Ketan Mehta, has finally got a clearance from the Censor Board to release.

Nandana is amused by the reports, she says, “This is not true at all. Ketan and I were both bewildered to read about this fictitious Noc! From the start of our talks, it was as much Ketan’s choice as mine that I should be comfortable with the content of the sensitive scenes. I took time to think it over and discuss it with my extremely supportive family, before making a decision. It would be deeply ironic to censor myself in a film that criticises censorship, wouldn’t it? Incidentally, no one from the producer’s, director’s or distributor
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Nawazuddin to play lead in Ketan Mehtas Mountain Man

Nawazuddin to play lead in Ketan Mehtas Mountain Man
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who impressed one and all by his fiery act as Faisal Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur, has been signed to play the main lead role in Ketan Mehta's next film titled Mountain Main. Mountain Man is the soul stirring story of the amazingly inspiring Dashrath Manjhi-famous for being the man who broke a mountain for love. The film was announced earlier today in Mumbai on the occasion of the 'Punyatithi' of this noble man. Mountain Man is a humble tribute to the power of the human will. It is the untold story of a hero, who achieved the unachievable, and conquered the unconquerable, benefitting generations from his selfless act. Set in 1960, the film tells the inspiring real story of a man who single-handedly, armed just with a hammer and chisel, worked day and night for 22 years and broke a mountain. He managed the feat of constructing a 360 feet long,
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Sholay to re-release in 3D in 2012

Sholay to re-release in 3D in 2012
Imagine Gabbar Singh from Sholay cutting Thakur's hands saying, "Yeh haath mujhe de de Thakur" and the sword jabbing near your eyes. Maya Digital Studios, producer-director Ketan Mehta's high-tech effects studio, is now slated to bring the acclaimed movie directed by Ramesh Sippy to theatres in 3D format early next year. Frank Foster, Senior Director and Chief Operating Officer, Maya Digital Studios, is helming the project and has been in India for over a year overseeing the movie's conversion. "The democratisation of visual effects means that India has become the go-to destination for all kinds of post-production work," he said. Foster, who founded and worked with Sony Pictures Imageworks, first met Mehta during the filming of the latter's Maya Memsaab, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepa Sahi, over 16 years ago. At that time, Foster recalls, there was no special effects-focussed company in the country. "Only a few ad films
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Sholay to re-release in 3D in 2012

Sholay to re-release in 3D in 2012
Imagine Gabbar Singh from Sholay cutting Thakur's hands saying, "Yeh haath mujhe de de Thakur" and the sword jabbing near your eyes. Maya Digital Studios, producer-director Ketan Mehta's high-tech effects studio, is now slated to bring the acclaimed movie directed by Ramesh Sippy to theatres in 3D format early next year. Frank Foster, Senior Director and Chief Operating Officer, Maya Digital Studios, is helming the project and has been in India for over a year overseeing the movie's conversion. "The democratisation of visual effects means that India has become the go-to destination for all kinds of post-production work," he said. Foster, who founded and worked with Sony Pictures Imageworks, first met Mehta during the filming of the latter's Maya Memsaab, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepa Sahi, over 16 years ago. At that time, Foster recalls, there was no special effects-focussed company in the country. "Only a few ad films
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Amitabh Bachchan launches Deepti Naval's book The Mad Tibetan

Amitabh Bachchan launches Deepti Naval's book The Mad Tibetan
Acclaimed actor, poet, painter and photographer Deepti Naval's new book 'The Mad Tibetan- Stories From Then And Now' was launched by Amitabh Bachchan at a suburban five-star in Mumbai. The Mad Tibetan, a collection of short stories which is said to be based on her personal experiences, not only displays her talent as a writer put also as a painter. Each story begins with one of her paintings and carries a visual and emotional impact. Amitabh Bachchan, who launched the book, admitted that he had not yet read the book but was looking forward to it. He posted on his blog, "In an age and generation when all reading is confined to the net and the mobile phone, it is a pleasure to be invited for the release of a book. And so I go and release it. I am not adequately prepared for it, for I have not
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New Jersey Independent South-Asian Cinefest to showcase women-centric films from India

New Jersey Independent South-Asian Cinefest 2011 which will be held from October 21-23 will screen films by women or about women from India and other south-asian countries. The lineup includes Amit Dutta’s Aadmi Ki Aurat Aur Anya Kahaniyan, Sonali Gulati’s I Am, Natasha Mendonca’s Jan Villa and Lalit Marathe’s Shabri.

The three day festival aims to introduce new and established independent women film artists, from South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest (Njisacf) was created as a part of the Asian American Film and Theater Project, a non-profit organization based in USA.

The complete list of films to be screened at the festival:

Aadmi Ki Aurat Aur Anya Kahaniyan

Director: Amit Dutta

At the Stairs

Director: Rajesh S. Jala

Banshiwala

Director: Anjan Das

Beyond Grace

Director: Sara & Urs Baur

The Desire – A Journey of a Woman

Director: R. Sarath

Flying
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Force forces other films out of theatres

Force forces other films out of theatres
It's probably never happened before. One film released this week has jostled all the other releases of the week from the theatres on Sunday. According to reports from Fox-Star Studios, their production Force has taken over the shows in certain theatres allotted to Hum Tum Shabana, Chargesheet and Tere Mere Phere. Understandably the producers/directors of the affected films are fuming. Says Sunil Bohra, the producer of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, "We are not affected. In fact our film has a growth of 40 percent over the weekend. It is the other three films (Hum Tum Shabana, Chargesheet and Tere Mere Phere) which are affected. They had no opening on Friday and no shows in some theatres." Fumes Sagar Ballary, the director of Hum Tum Shabana, "I am glad that Force and John Abraham have appealed to the audiences. But it's sad that Tamil remakes dominate Hindi cinema. Once upon a
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Force forces other films out of theatres

Force forces other films out of theatres
It's probably never happened before. One film released this week has jostled all the other releases of the week from the theatres on Sunday. According to reports from Fox-Star Studios, their production Force has taken over the shows in certain theatres allotted to Hum Tum Shabana, Chargesheet and Tere Mere Phere. Understandably the producers/directors of the affected films are fuming. Says Sunil Bohra, the producer of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, "We are not affected. In fact our film has a growth of 40 percent over the weekend. It is the other three films (Hum Tum Shabana, Chargesheet and Tere Mere Phere) which are affected. They had no opening on Friday and no shows in some theatres." Fumes Sagar Ballary, the director of Hum Tum Shabana, "I am glad that Force and John Abraham have appealed to the audiences. But it's sad that Tamil remakes dominate Hindi cinema. Once upon a
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Vinay Pathak shops to win over vertigo!

They say women are shopaholics. But actor Vinay Pathak is one man who believes that shopping is therapeutic. In fact, whenever he got time off shooting Deepa Sahi.s road film, Tere Mere Phere, produced by Ketan Mehta and Anup Jalota, Vinay Pathak used to find a local market and shop till he drops.It was after a nasty fall was averted during the shoot that Vinay felt shaken. So the time he got a break, Vinay sneaked out with Sasha Goradia who got Riya Sen into the game and the trio took way to a local market to buy scarves, shawls, jackets et al..Vinay found the whole exercise such a stress-buster,. grins Sasha Goradia. But alas! When she brandished his scarves and shawls and jackets purchased by her and Vinay, Deepa Sahi was only too excited. She had found the costume accessories for her lead actor!!!.All the stuff we bought,
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Vinay Pathak shops to win over vertigo!

They say women are shopaholics. But actor Vinay Pathak is one man who believes that shopping is therapeutic. In fact, whenever he got time off shooting Deepa Sahi's road film, Tere Mere Phere, produced by Ketan Mehta and Anup Jalota, Vinay Pathak used to find a local market and shop till he drops. It was after a nasty fall was averted during the shoot that Vinay felt shaken. So the time he got a break, Vinay sneaked out with Sasha Goradia who got Riya Sen into the game and the
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Tere Mere Phere-a combination of love and war!

She has always essayed serious award-winning roles, and yet, her husband and acclaimed film-maker Ketan Mehta admits that it is her sense of humor that has contributed a lot to the marriage remaining so firm through life's roller-coaster ride. It is this same Deepa Sahi's uncanny sense of humor and looking at life as an adventure in the lighter spirit prompted her to make Tere Mere Phere her maiden feature film. Says she, "Two things are exciting in life, love and war. I though
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Jalota sings Sufi-club song for 'Tere Mere Phere'

Ghazal and bhajan singer Anup Jalota has tried something different for .Tere Mere Phere. . for the first time he has crooned a sufi-club song for his debut production venture..I sing ghazal, bhajan on regular basis. Every month there is a album coming out. For the song, Deepaji (actor-turned-director Deepa Sahi) explained me the situation and the kind of tune she wanted. I loved the song and that.s why I sang it,. Jalota told Ians..I don.t do playback singing because I am very, very busy with my live concerts across the globe. But this is my film, so I wanted to beautify,. said Jalota who has co-produced the film with Ketan Mehta..Tere Mere Phere., which is Deepa Sahi.s directorial debut, is a light-hearted look at marriage trivia, which has Vinay Pathak and Riya Sen in pivotal roles along with debutants Jagrat Desai and Sasha Goradia.
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