God destined me to be a film star: Asha Parekh

asha-parekhIt was yesterday once more at IFFI-Goa today where Asha Parekh went down the memory lane and a formal press conference turned into a collective re-living of the days gone by. A gracefully resplendent Asha said unassumingly ‘perhaps god destined me to be a film star and I worked to fulfill that destiny.’ That humility was on display when someone asked her about her evolution as an actor. She said perhaps she was born with little bit of acting ability and learned on the job. ‘In my initial movies I was presented as a glamour doll but with Do Badan I achieved critical acclaim which was very satisfying’ she added.

Having no regrets about her life, she said that given a chance she would like to be born again as Asha Parekh, however she categorically denied any possibility of an autobiography. On being asked about her opinion about the films of today she said that they have become very superior from the point of view of technology but from the content angle things have become too western for her taste (Hum log kuch jyada angrez ho gaye hain). Similarly she said that she is not into making television serials as the format of a daily episode does not leave any scope for creativity as it is basically filming of a script that has been handed over to you.

She refused to rank her films but in a reply to a question on remakes, she said that Do Badan, Mai Tulasi Tere Angan Ki and Mera Gaon Mera Desh can be remade. Among new directors she said that directors like Suraj Barjatya , Priyadarshan and Farhan Akhtar have a lot of promise.

In reply to a question regarding censorship, the former chairperson of the Censor Board said that more than the Board it is for the parents to exercise restraint. They should guide their child and should be willing to sacrifice watching ‘A’ rated content.

God destined me to be a film star: Asha Parekh

asha-parekhIt was yesterday once more at IFFI-Goa today where Asha Parekh went down the memory lane and a formal press conference turned into a collective re-living of the days gone by. A gracefully resplendent Asha said unassumingly ‘perhaps god destined me to be a film star and I worked to fulfill that destiny.’ That humility was on display when someone asked her about her evolution as an actor. She said perhaps she was born with little bit of acting ability and learned on the job. ‘In my initial movies I was presented as a glamour doll but with Do Badan I achieved critical acclaim which was very satisfying’ she added.

Having no regrets about her life, she said that given a chance she would like to be born again as Asha Parekh, however she categorically denied any possibility of an autobiography. On being asked about her opinion about the films of today she said that they have become very superior from the point of view of technology but from the content angle things have become too western for her taste (Hum log kuch jyada angrez ho gaye hain). Similarly she said that she is not into making television serials as the format of a daily episode does not leave any scope for creativity as it is basically filming of a script that has been handed over to you.

She refused to rank her films but in a reply to a question on remakes, she said that Do Badan, Mai Tulasi Tere Angan Ki and Mera Gaon Mera Desh can be remade. Among new directors she said that directors like Suraj Barjatya , Priyadarshan and Farhan Akhtar have a lot of promise.

In reply to a question regarding censorship, the former chairperson of the Censor Board said that more than the Board it is for the parents to exercise restraint. They should guide their child and should be willing to sacrifice watching ‘A’ rated content.

God destined me to be a film star: Asha Parekh

asha-parekhIt was yesterday once more at IFFI-Goa today where Asha Parekh went down the memory lane and a formal press conference turned into a collective re-living of the days gone by. A gracefully resplendent Asha said unassumingly ‘perhaps god destined me to be a film star and I worked to fulfill that destiny.’ That humility was on display when someone asked her about her evolution as an actor. She said perhaps she was born with little bit of acting ability and learned on the job. ‘In my initial movies I was presented as a glamour doll but with Do Badan I achieved critical acclaim which was very satisfying’ she added.

Having no regrets about her life, she said that given a chance she would like to be born again as Asha Parekh, however she categorically denied any possibility of an autobiography. On being asked about her opinion about the films of today she said that they have become very superior from the point of view of technology but from the content angle things have become too western for her taste (Hum log kuch jyada angrez ho gaye hain). Similarly she said that she is not into making television serials as the format of a daily episode does not leave any scope for creativity as it is basically filming of a script that has been handed over to you.

She refused to rank her films but in a reply to a question on remakes, she said that Do Badan, Mai Tulasi Tere Angan Ki and Mera Gaon Mera Desh can be remade. Among new directors she said that directors like Suraj Barjatya , Priyadarshan and Farhan Akhtar have a lot of promise.

In reply to a question regarding censorship, the former chairperson of the Censor Board said that more than the Board it is for the parents to exercise restraint. They should guide their child and should be willing to sacrifice watching ‘A’ rated content.

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Corporate houses have a responsibility towards the cultural focus – Shaji Karun

Shaji N. Karun

Shaji N. Karun

Corporate houses have a responsibility towards cultural focus of the country said veteran filmmakers at IFFI-Goa 2009 today. At the combined press conference of Shaji Karun’s Kutty Srank, Ijjodu of M S Sathyu and Rituparno Ghosh’s Shob Charitro Kalponik the directors expressed their views on working for projects of corporate film making organizations, in this case Reliance Big Picture. Shaji Karun was clear that films are the cultural expression of a society and corporate houses have a responsibility towards the cultural focus. As for his own experience he said that once the creative independence of the director is recognized and he is trusted then there is no problem. He found his experience of making Kutty Srank totally free of any interference, a sentiment shared by M S Sathyu and Rituparno Ghosh. Sathyu liked the transparent nature of the arrangement and said “even for new filmmaker this type of funding will be of great benefit.” In case of Rituparno, he found it to be ‘a normal healthy relationship between the director and his producer.’

Talking about his experience of coming back to direction after a long gap M S Sathyu said that new technology has changed the scenario and quick cutting has become a norm however ‘ I stick to my way of narration allowing a shot to have its impact’. He revealed that the idea of Ijjodu was conceived 30 years ago and his director of photography Bhasker said that it appeared that time stood still to keep the location ready for realization of Ijjodu.

Shaji Karun’s lead actress Padmapriya found the experience of working with him an elevating experience emotionally and spiritually. The director of Photography Anjali Shukla said that it was an honour to work with Shaji whose films were the foundation of her learning as cinematographer.

On being asked about working with stars like Bipasha Basu, Rituparno Ghosh said the challenge was to free her from the limitations imposed by the notion of her body being her artistic context. For his hero Prosenjit, who played a poet, Rituparno had only one brief -write a page every day. ‘The film required luster, spectacle and intricacies of visual complexity which were successfully executed by the cinematographer Saumik Halder’ added Rituparno Ghosh.

Corporate houses have a responsibility towards the cultural focus – Shaji Karun

Shaji N. Karun

Shaji N. Karun

Corporate houses have a responsibility towards cultural focus of the country said veteran filmmakers at IFFI-Goa 2009 today. At the combined press conference of Shaji Karun’s Kutty Srank, Ijjodu of M S Sathyu and Rituparno Ghosh’s Shob Charitro Kalponik the directors expressed their views on working for projects of corporate film making organizations, in this case Reliance Big Picture. Shaji Karun was clear that films are the cultural expression of a society and corporate houses have a responsibility towards the cultural focus. As for his own experience he said that once the creative independence of the director is recognized and he is trusted then there is no problem. He found his experience of making Kutty Srank totally free of any interference, a sentiment shared by M S Sathyu and Rituparno Ghosh. Sathyu liked the transparent nature of the arrangement and said “even for new filmmaker this type of funding will be of great benefit.” In case of Rituparno, he found it to be ‘a normal healthy relationship between the director and his producer.’

Talking about his experience of coming back to direction after a long gap M S Sathyu said that new technology has changed the scenario and quick cutting has become a norm however ‘ I stick to my way of narration allowing a shot to have its impact’. He revealed that the idea of Ijjodu was conceived 30 years ago and his director of photography Bhasker said that it appeared that time stood still to keep the location ready for realization of Ijjodu.

Shaji Karun’s lead actress Padmapriya found the experience of working with him an elevating experience emotionally and spiritually. The director of Photography Anjali Shukla said that it was an honour to work with Shaji whose films were the foundation of her learning as cinematographer.

On being asked about working with stars like Bipasha Basu, Rituparno Ghosh said the challenge was to free her from the limitations imposed by the notion of her body being her artistic context. For his hero Prosenjit, who played a poet, Rituparno had only one brief -write a page every day. ‘The film required luster, spectacle and intricacies of visual complexity which were successfully executed by the cinematographer Saumik Halder’ added Rituparno Ghosh.

Corporate houses have a responsibility towards the cultural focus – Shaji Karun

Shaji N. Karun

Shaji N. Karun

Corporate houses have a responsibility towards cultural focus of the country said veteran filmmakers at IFFI-Goa 2009 today. At the combined press conference of Shaji Karun’s Kutty Srank, Ijjodu of M S Sathyu and Rituparno Ghosh’s Shob Charitro Kalponik the directors expressed their views on working for projects of corporate film making organizations, in this case Reliance Big Picture. Shaji Karun was clear that films are the cultural expression of a society and corporate houses have a responsibility towards the cultural focus. As for his own experience he said that once the creative independence of the director is recognized and he is trusted then there is no problem. He found his experience of making Kutty Srank totally free of any interference, a sentiment shared by M S Sathyu and Rituparno Ghosh. Sathyu liked the transparent nature of the arrangement and said “even for new filmmaker this type of funding will be of great benefit.” In case of Rituparno, he found it to be ‘a normal healthy relationship between the director and his producer.’

Talking about his experience of coming back to direction after a long gap M S Sathyu said that new technology has changed the scenario and quick cutting has become a norm however ‘ I stick to my way of narration allowing a shot to have its impact’. He revealed that the idea of Ijjodu was conceived 30 years ago and his director of photography Bhasker said that it appeared that time stood still to keep the location ready for realization of Ijjodu.

Shaji Karun’s lead actress Padmapriya found the experience of working with him an elevating experience emotionally and spiritually. The director of Photography Anjali Shukla said that it was an honour to work with Shaji whose films were the foundation of her learning as cinematographer.

On being asked about working with stars like Bipasha Basu, Rituparno Ghosh said the challenge was to free her from the limitations imposed by the notion of her body being her artistic context. For his hero Prosenjit, who played a poet, Rituparno had only one brief -write a page every day. ‘The film required luster, spectacle and intricacies of visual complexity which were successfully executed by the cinematographer Saumik Halder’ added Rituparno Ghosh.

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Shaji N. Karun

Shri Shaji N. Karun, Director of the film ‘Kutty Shrank’, at the presentation of the film, during the 40th International Film Festival (IFFI-2009), at Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2009.

Where is wholesome family cinema in India asks Disney veteran

iffiLamenting the absence of middle ground between the high brow ‘art films’ and big commercial ventures, Umakanth Thumrugoti, director of 7 Days in Slow Motion said that people want to see good movies which can be seen with entire family and we have to provide means to do that. Producer Ms. Soumya Sriraman also wondered where have films like ‘Chupke Chupke’ have gone. Talking about his film Umakanth said that it’s a movie on severe academic pressure on children and it has been told in an entertaining manner. ‘It is a feel good movie’ added Ms. Soumya Sriraman.

The director producer duo also felt that exorbitant ticket price is another reason that families are staying away from theatres. Variable pricing for different shows and other incentives to encourage families to watch films are needed along with wholesome family entertainers, added the director.

15 year veteran of Disney Feature Animation, Umakanth visualizes his stories in art palettes and story panels. He began his career at Disney training on Lion King and proceeding to earn credits on such films as Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, Treasure Planet, Chicken Little. He took a one year sabbatical to shoot his first feature film 7 days in Slow Motion in India.

A family film on the academic pressures on children in middle-class India, it uses comedy juxtaposed with drama, and has been making the film festival rounds with distinction. Having won the audience award at Stuttgart’s Bollywood & Beyond, New Jersey’s South Asian Festival and the Special Recognition Award at Houston’s inaugural Indian Film Festival, it has garnered significant interest by word of mouth.

Where is wholesome family cinema in India asks Disney veteran

iffiLamenting the absence of middle ground between the high brow ‘art films’ and big commercial ventures, Umakanth Thumrugoti, director of 7 Days in Slow Motion said that people want to see good movies which can be seen with entire family and we have to provide means to do that. Producer Ms. Soumya Sriraman also wondered where have films like ‘Chupke Chupke’ have gone. Talking about his film Umakanth said that it’s a movie on severe academic pressure on children and it has been told in an entertaining manner. ‘It is a feel good movie’ added Ms. Soumya Sriraman.

The director producer duo also felt that exorbitant ticket price is another reason that families are staying away from theatres. Variable pricing for different shows and other incentives to encourage families to watch films are needed along with wholesome family entertainers, added the director.

15 year veteran of Disney Feature Animation, Umakanth visualizes his stories in art palettes and story panels. He began his career at Disney training on Lion King and proceeding to earn credits on such films as Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, Treasure Planet, Chicken Little. He took a one year sabbatical to shoot his first feature film 7 days in Slow Motion in India.

A family film on the academic pressures on children in middle-class India, it uses comedy juxtaposed with drama, and has been making the film festival rounds with distinction. Having won the audience award at Stuttgart’s Bollywood & Beyond, New Jersey’s South Asian Festival and the Special Recognition Award at Houston’s inaugural Indian Film Festival, it has garnered significant interest by word of mouth.

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