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Veteran actor Farooque Shaikh passes away

27 December 2013 11:06 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Veteran actor Farooque Shaikh, 65, died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai on Friday night. The actor was well known for his contribution to parallel or alternative cinema, having worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, M.S. Sathyu and Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

His most notable performances include M.S. Sathyu’s Garam Hawa, Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Sai Paranjpye’s Chashme Buddoor and Muzaffar Ali’s Umrao Jaan. He was successfully paired with actress Deepti Naval in memorable films like Chashme Buddoor, Saath Saath, Katha and Faasle.

He recently appeared in Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai, Ayan Mukherjee’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Avinash Kumar Singh’s Listen…Amaya.


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Deepa Mehta Curates Toronto Tribute to Indian Cinema

6 September 2013 6:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Choosing a handful of movies from a hundred years of filmmaking is not easy, but Deepa Mehta (“Midnight’s Children”) took a stab at it for Toronto’s celebration of a centenary of Indian cinema, which includes a gala on Saturday.

The Toronto-based helmer of Indian origin said the task of curating the section fell to her after she suggested the theme at a Tiff board meeting.

“Somehow, between suggesting the theme and leaving the meeting I was talked into designing the gala,” Mehta said. “Thankfully I have an excellent team and there has been an immense amount of work done by a great number of people to bring this whole production together.”

The fundraising gala on Saturday at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts is only the second one following on last year’s marking the anni of the James Bond franchise, which netted $700,000. The fest is »

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Incredible India! presents 100 years of Indian Cinema at Nyiff

22 April 2013 8:20 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Recently, the 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the lineup for their “100 Years of Indian Cinema” series presented by Incredible India! Ever since pioneer filmmaker D.G Phalke released his first feature film Raja Harishchandra on May 3, 1913, India has continued to be the most prolific and diverse film industry in the world. To mark the global celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema, Nyiff is featuring an exceptionally compelling array of films preceding Cannes. The lineup includes three rarely seen masterpieces from different time periods, as well as two world-premiere documentaries that explore different facets of Indian filmmaking.

These classic films will celebrate recent efforts at film restoration, which are bringing some of India’s greatest cinematic treasures to an international audience. According to Film Festival Director Aseem Chhabra, “In the recent years, many scholars, film programmers and archivists have expressed deep concerns about the state of old Indian films. »

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