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IFFI 2015 promises global cinematic gems, with Spain in focus

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New Delhi: The 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which begins in Goa later this month, will have Spain as its focus country.

The event’s opening ceremony will have popular Bollywood actor-producer Anil Kapoor who has made inroads into Hollywood, as the chief guest.

The 10-day IFFI begins on November 20.

“The Kingdom of Spain is the focus country of IFFI 2015. This will provide an opportunity to screen Spanish films. The films of master Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura and Pedro Almadovar along with contemporary filmmakers like Alejandro Amenabar will be screened at the festival. The section will also feature Spanish actress Leticia Dolera’s directorial debut ‘Requirements to Be a Normal Person’,” Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said during the curtain raiser press conference here on Tuesday.

Matthew Brown’s 118 minute-long movie “The Man Who Knew Infinity”, starring British actor with Indian roots Dev Patel, will be the opening film of IFFI 2015.

“It is a true story of friendship between Ramanujan (Indian mathematics genius) and Professor G.H. Hardy,” Jaitley said while describing the movie, and added that “Mr.India” star Anil Kapoor will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony.

The film festival will showcase 187 films from 89 countries in World Cinema section along with 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films in Indian Panorama section.

“The International Competition will have 15 films, including two films from Indian Panorama section. The jury for International Competition includes chairperson Shekhar Kapur along with Michael Radford from UK, Julia Jentsch from Germany, Israel based Palestinian filmmaker Suha Arraf, and Jeon Kyu-Hwan from South Korea,” said the minister.

IFFI, in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT), Paris and Unesco will be presenting the ICFT-Unesco Fellini Prize to a film which reflects the ideals of peace, tolerance, non-violence and friendship promoted by Unesco. IFFI 2015 will also be conducting a special seminar on Film and Cultural diversity.

The Indian Panorama will have films from different languages and states. The 13-member Feature jury for selection was headed by chairperson, Aribam Syam Sharma while the seven-member Non-Feature jury was led by chairperson Rajendra Janglay.

This year, the section ‘Focus on North East Cinema’ will have a Special Retrospective on Sharma, an eminent filmmaker, actor and music composer from Manipur, along with a unique segment featuring next generation filmmakers from the northeast region.

Commencing a special feature this year, the festival in association with the Oscar Academy, will organize master classes with Academy members Mark Mangini, Milt Shefter and Humphrey Dixon on varied topics like sound designing, film archive and film editing.

“IFFI will also recognise young talent of cinema through the ‘First Cut’ section,” said Jaitley. The section would feature emerging filmmakers including Brian Perkins (“Golden Kingdom”, US), Michael Klette (“Solness”, Germany) and Piotr Chrzan (“Moskvich-My Love”, Poland).

In a special series titled ‘In Conversation’, Indian filmmakers Shyam Benegal, Vettrimaran, Kaushik Ganguli and Anand L. Rai will be present to discuss films and the art of filmmaking with the audience.

IFFI 2015 will feature a special section ‘World Cinema Restored Classics’ to highlight the idea of film restoration. The fest will also have a package of classics to put the spotlight on the National Film Heritage Mission.

 (IANS)

 

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Rajkummar Rao kickstarts ‘Fanney Khan’ shoot

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Mumbai, Oct 3 : Actor Rajkummar Rao on Tuesday started shooting for “Fanney Khan”, which will also star Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Rajkummar tweeted a photograph of the film’s clapboard along with a caption that read: “Day 1 on the sets of ‘Fanney Khan’ with wonderful Anil Kapoor sir. Brilliant energy on set.”

The upcoming musical comedy film is being directed by Atul Manjrekar.

“Fanney Khan”, which is being produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, KriArj Entertainment and T-Series, is the official remake of the Oscar-nominated 2000 Dutch film “Everybody’s Famous!”.

It is scheduled for a worldwide release on April 13, 2018.

Rajkummar is currently riding high on the success of his latest film “Newton”, which is India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards.(IANS)

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Court Asked Arvind Kejriwal if He Lied about Calling Arun Jaitley, a Crook

The court asked Kejriwal to abstain from "scandalous" and "indecent language"

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia
  • Arvind Kejriwal was asked to clarify if he lied about calling Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley a crook
  • The Chief Minister is now supposed to offer his defense to the Delhi High Court
  • Jethmalani says that the Chief Minister owes him two crores for his appearances

New Delhi, Aug 23, 2017:  Aam Admi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal was asked to clarify if he lied in court by pretending that he did not ask for abusive language to be used against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, mentioned NDTV report.

Previously, Kejriwal stated in the court that he had not instructed his former counsel Ram Jethmalani to use  “crook” to describe the union minister in court. But Jethmalani claims that the Chief Minister used harshly insulting words to attack Jaitley.

Jethmalani declared that according to Jaitley, Kejriwal had misled the court by denying the allegations. In fact, he says Jethmalani has written to him to insist that was the case.
The Chief Minister is now supposed to offer his defense to the Delhi High Court.

In 2015, Jaitley sued Kejriwal and five top leaders of his Aam Aadmi Party for defamation after they accused him of corruption during his 13-year tenure as the top boss of the DDCA, the powerful cricket association that handles Delhi and its surrounding areas.  In two separate cases – criminal and civil – Jaitley has sought damages of 10 crores.

Also Read: Ram Jethmalani Exposes Arvind Kejriwal. Says, Kejriwal was Fixated on calling Jaitley Crooked 

During court the proceedings last month, Jaitley complained to Jethmalani’s language and said ‘Kejriwal’s team is delaying hearings in the Delhi High Court.’

The court asked Kejriwal to abstain from “scandalous” and “indecent language.”

After the Chief Minister said that he had not approved the abusive words, the lawyer riposted in a blog: “Ask your conscience how many times you used worse abuses than a mere ‘crook.’ You have hundred times asked me to teach this crook a lesson.”

Jethmalani says that the Chief Minister owes him two crores for his appearances. It seems that, in his new enmity with Kejriwal, he has become an indirect ally of Jaitley.


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Indian Army vows to take Revenge on Mutilation of 2 Soldiers by Pakistan

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Jammu, May 3, 2017: Last week on Monday at 8:30 am, two Indian soldiers along with their captain were killed after Pakistani terrorists attacked an army camp in Kupwara.

The soldiers who were killed, trapped and ambushed were Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, an army soldier, and Prem Sagar, a Border Security Force constable. Indian army’s Northern command reported that Pakistan used rockets and mortar bombs on 2 posts along Line of Control where these soldiers were patrolling.

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“Pakistan fired unprovoked on two army posts in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch along the Line of Control,” said the army. Following Pakistan firing that killed 2 soldiers, India retaliated with heavy mortar firing immediately.

Pakistan mutilated 2 Indian soldiers along the Line of Control when they were patrolling.(Twitter)

Calling India’s allegation as “false”, Pakistan has denied violating ceasefire and disrespecting Indian army. After India vowed revenge for the mutilation of its two soldiers killed in firing along the LOC and promised to respond strongly as well as firmly.

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According to NDTV report, Indian Union Minister Arun Jaitley has described the mutilation as “reprehensible and inhuman” calling them to be unfit even during wars. He further continued, “the incident is set to worsen ties between the two countries, which have been deeply strained after repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the death sentence handed to Indian man Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in Pakistan last year.”

It is to be noted that last year in September, Indian soldiers have crossed the Line of Control late at night to attack staging areas for terrorists in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and returned home safely before dawn under the banner of “Surgical strike”. This action came 10 days after “Uri Pakistani attacks” which left 19 military personnel dead.

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, Twitter: @himanshi1104