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Indias lost silent film gets new life and sound

26 April 2013 3:55 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

In what could be considered the rarest of rare cinematic retrievals, the 1929 Indian classic A Throw Of Dice has been refurbished restored cleaned out and it will be screened for the first time at the Sirifort Complex auditorium in Delhi to commemorate a 100 years of cinema.

This would be the first public screening of this rare Silent film which has not been seen by a public audience in India in the last 50 years.

According to a senior member of the Minister Of Information & Broadcasting, "It wasn't easy getting this rare print. Bollywood has no interest in the Silent Era. The stars today are completely cut off from the vintage classics. The restoration of A Throw Of Dice was of no interest to Bollywood."

What makes this historical restoration of the Franz Osten classic even more monumental is the live orchestral background music and songs that have been added to the »

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Dff to host film festival in Delhi to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema

11 April 2013 11:57 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A still from “Prapancha Pash” (A throw of dice)

The Directorate of Film Festivals (Dff) is organizing a film festival in New Delhi from April 25th to 30th to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema; Rajeev Kumar Jain, director of Dff told

German-born director Franz Osten’s silent classic “Prapancha Pash” (A Throw of Dice) will open the festival.  The film stars Himanshu Rai in lead role. Rai, one of the pioneers of Indian cinema, founded Bombay Talkies-the first organized and public listed film production company in India-in 1934.

Prapancha Pash” will be brought to life with live music accompaniment by Sitar maestro Ustad Nishat Khan.

The film is based on a story from the epic Mahabharata. Made in 1929, “Prapancha Pash” was digitally restored in 2006 and has been screening at various international film festivals.

A retrospective of Satyajit Ray’s films will also be presented as part of the festival. »

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Bradford International Film Festival 2013 to celebrate Indian Cinema

11 March 2013 9:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Still from Raja Harishchandra

The 19th Bradford International Film Festival will celebrate the centenary year of Indian Cinema with the screening of 12 Indian films. The festival will be held from April 11 – 21, 2013, across cities in the UK.

“100 years on, the 19th Bradford International Film Festival wishes Indian cinema a happy centenary by devoting a large chunk of our programming to this inexhaustibly fertile source of astonishing films,” said Tom Vincent and Neil Young, Co-Directors of the festival.

The festival has lined up a wide range of Indian films from Raja Harishchandra to Mumbai Cha Raja.

The line-up includes:

Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra (1913),

Franz Osten’s India – UK – Germany production Prapancha Pash (1929),

Uday Shankar’s Kalpana (1948),

Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957) and Mughal-e-Azam (1957),

Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977),

Yash Chopra’s Silsila (1981),

Deepa Dhanraj’s Kya Hua Iss Shehar Ko? (1986),

Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995),

Sandeep Ray’s »

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