Pravasi Film Festival SpecialTHE FIRST EVER PRAVASI FILM FESTIVAL 2010, OPENS IN THE CAPITAL
A Report by BB Nagpal
Manoj Bajpai, Mauritian President Aneerood Jugnauth
The first Pravasi Film Festival is being organized with support of Mauritius High Commission in India.The Mookhesswur Choonee, High Commissioner of Mauritius in
India began celebrating Pravasi Divas almost a decade earlier, in an effort to link people of Indian origin and non-resident Indians with their homeland at least once a year, and with the expectation that those who have gone and settled overseas will make a meaningful contribution to the development of their motherland.
It is recognized that one of the best bonds that Indians living overseas have with their homeland is through Indian films and those made by PIOs living overseas.
To be organized by the periodical ‘Pravasi Today’ at the India Habitat Centre in collaboration with Pravasi Today,
The Mauritius President, His Excellency Sir Anerood Jugnauth was in Delhi last month to unveil the Awards that will be given away after the first-ever film festival featuring films made by those living overseas or made outside the country. Eminent guests such as Shri Raj Babbar, Shri Manoj Bajpai, Shri Shekhar Suman, Shri Ashok Chakradhar-Poet, Shri Rajiv Shukla-Member of Parliament, Shri Shabir Ali-Member of Parliament, Shri Milap Duggar-Vice Chancellor,
To grace the occasion, which launches the first ever effort to recognize films made by filmmakers living away from their homeland were Mr. Harish Rawat, Hon. Minister of State, Ministry of Labour and Employment as the chief guest. The occasion coincided with the launch of special issue of Pravasi Today-“Mauritius- The Diaspora Capital”.
The need for an international film festival where all the Diaspora filmmakers could showcase their films has long been envisioned. The urge to remain connected to their roots in
A large number of personalities who are expected to participate in the Film Festival. They include Meera Nair, Deepa Mehta, Gurinder Chadha Saeed Jaffrey, Sahrmila Tagore, Soha Ali Khan, Adoor Gopalakishnana, Poorva Bedi of American Desi fame, Nasreen Munni Kabeer, Shandell Prasad, Manoj Bajpai, Prakash Jha, Karan Razdan, Rahul Rawail and Satish Kaushik.
Of the almost twenty films to be screened at the Festival, some are Life Goes On, ‘Monsoon Wedding’, ‘
About ‘Pravasi Today’
‘Pravasi Today’ (www.pravasitoday.com) is an international bi-lingual monthly meant for NRIs and PIOs. With its presence in around 125 countries all over the world, Pravasi Today is dedicated to the Indian Diaspora readers who reside in countries across the globe. The India Diaspora, as we all know, is the brand ambassador of a changing, dynamic and vibrant
Full Length feature films by NRI filmmakers
Bhavishya The future - Starring - Saeed Jaffery – Director-Dr. Nikhil Kaushik
Film explores professional migration. The film features Saeed Jaffrey and members of the medical profession and puts across the roller coaster life such professionals lead. The film is to a large extent inspired by and focuses upon the lives of International Medial Graduates in the British National Health Service.
Flavours – Director:
The US-based director duo, Raj and DK write and direct their films together. Their first theatrical feature, FLAVORS won rave reviews from around the world. It remains a very popular film among expats. FLAVORS is a hilarious comedy film that weaves multiple stories about Indians in America, trying to underline the fact that world is really small if seen with a broad perspective of world-view. Large part of the film is in English language
Waterborne - Director - Ben Reikhi , Starring Shaban Azmi
Film follows the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the water supply of
Famous documentary work by NRI filmmakers
Bismillah of Benaras - a BBC production on Ustaad Bismillah Khan
Inner World of Shahrukh Khan – A Documentary on Shahrukh Khan
( Both directed by Nasreen Munni Kabeer)
A documentary on last days in England of Rajah Ram Mohan Roy- Aniruddho Sanyal’s maiden effort is not a straightforward biopic. In fact, as he tentatively embarks on his research into the last few weeks of RamMohun Roy’s life in
Beyond Partition’ - Dir- Lalit Mohan
The documentary on Partition as a subject in Hindi films., The film explores the trauma of Partition and how it impacted on filmmakers from the Indian subcontinent. Renowned filmmakers/writers, Gulzar, Govind Nihalani,M.S. Sathyu, Shama Zaidi, Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar interviewd for the film
Once More Removed – Dir - Shundell Prasad
About 150 years later, Shundell Prasad, a young decendant of two of laborers retraced the route her forefathers took from their homes in the Indian states of
In making the film Prasad met with many relatives that her family had left in
Short Films by NRI Film Maker
Shor – Director:
After the much-acclaimed feature, FLAVORS, directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK have come with a unique short film that is playing at various prestigious film festivals around the world. Shor (Noise), won the Best Short Film Award at the recently concluded Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) Film Festival in
EXTROSPECTION- Starring – Poorva Bedi of Americam Desi fame,Director : Manan Singh Katohora
Film is about the relationship between the mother and daughter and sharing their thoughts and revealing their true desires, which can have an everlasting effect on each other's lives.
Tea Shop On the Moon – Director- Anish Babu Verghese
Set against the backdrop of an alarming number of suicides by Indian workers in the Gulf, Chandranile Chayakada (Tea shop on the moon) follows the twin stories of expat workers, Pappan and Lonappan. Out of job and luck Pappan contemplates taking his own life. Even Lonappan decides to end it all before coming across Vasu, an enterprising Keralite who runs a mobile teashop on a remote sea shore.
Special session on Punjabi Diaspora
Assan Nu Maan Watan Da – Director - Manmohan Singh
Flying Sikh’, - A production of Sikh Art and Film Foundation. The film is about the brave Fighter pilots like Ambassador Hardit Singh Malik, Air Chief Marshall Arjan Singh and others who fought in the WW1 and WW2 and later on played a key role to establish the IAF. It is a 45 minute documentary
An NRI Film Business Forum with panel discussion on various issues by eminent NRI filmmakers, with representative of FICCI and ASSOCHAM and government representatives will also be held.
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