An odd off-beat event is always fun. Therefore, when we were invited to Face Off – the Fashion Show and Convocation of Aashmeen Munjaal’s Star Hair and Makeup Academy, we attended. The star studded line-up, the models parading in elaborate attires and heavy make up and the high tea made the evening a huge success.
BRICS co-operation expands to various areas of socio economic activities of the member countries. As part of the BRICS movement, the 1st BRICS Film Festival is being held at Sirifort Auditorium. World cinemas from all the member countries are screened during multiple shows throughout the day. Alongside food from these countries, handicrafts are also on display.
The four day Iranian film festival that the Directorate of film festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting organized at Sirifort Auditorium celebrates the long history of cultural sharing between India and Iran. Iranian cinema has a documentary feel to it. Bereft of any effort to window dress or glamourise a plot, sets or casts, it is an authentic portrayal of the lives, dreams and aspirations of the average Iranian. We therefore find Iranian films most alluring.
Delhi is a hub for film festivals. The government as well as private organizations arrange these festivals. While most of these festivals have free entry, prior passes may have to be collected. The Jagran Film Festival (1-5 July, 2016) that is currently being held at Sirifort Auditorium is organised by Jagran Prakashan (House of Dainik Jagran Newspaper). To know how is it going, read on.
The summer vacation is still on in Delhi NCR. Disney – Pixar could not have worked out a better timing for releasing Finding Dory. Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane it is a sequel to Finding Nemo. While we shall always turn gooey when thinking about that one, Finding Dory also is all in all an enriching experience.
Film festival bring forth a plethora of productions that we would not have come across otherwise. In the recently concluded Habitat Film Festival, we watched a bunch of films, some of which, we didn’t know existed. “Jugni” is one such film that went unnoticed last year.
The much published Bengali film Praktan was released last week. It is running in many multiplexes in Delhi – Gurgaon – Noida etc. The film has great camera work, nice music, English subtitles and very little Bengali hangover. This foresight smoothens the process of connecting with the world audience.
The trailer of Nil Battey Sannata was encouraging and we were looking forward to watching this film. Given that this was a story without romance / action / typical song-dance sequences, we were not confident that it would run very long at cinemas. So, we watched it soon after its release in a 30% occupied auditorium in Gurgaon. Actually, that’s not so bad. Even if some audience turn up for experimental films, the going is good.