Monday, March 27, 2017

ITM University Gwalior Lake City International Film Festival 2017 happening on March 31st

Come March 31st and all roads will lead to the Heart of India into the City of Forts Gwalior where the ITM University Gwalior 2nd Lake City International Film Festival (LCIFF) 2017 is being held. To be held over two days (March 31st & 1st April) at the sprawling ITM University Gwalior campus and ITM Global School, LCIFF 2017 will be bringing in quality films from across the globe to the people of Gwalior for the first time.

Serving as Madhya Pradesh’s premier and upcoming International level Film Festival, the Lakecity International Film Festival (LCIFF) 2017 was founded to showcase Madhya Pradesh as a shooting destination in film making, and aims to exhibit the most captivating and innovative content. Though film festivals have become a regular affair in most countries yet most of them cater only to selected audience as well as entertain the commercially successful film makers and related personalities. However, LCIFF aims to connect the film fans and movies goers with the world, so as to bring about greater understanding of the art of film making.

Supported by ITM University Gwalior and ITM Global School, Hon’ble minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomarji has graciously consented to inaugurate the festival. Breaking all stereotypes, LCIFF's mission is to present quality films from around the world as well as support, recognize and honor indie film makers. With more than 180 films making it to the festival, the best of these films will be showcased here. BAFTA awarded Best Director Film Mantostaan that has travelled to various International Film Festivals across the globe will open the film alongside Ab To Pati Khol Do - A film on Swatch Bharat theme.

Some of the other notable films selected by the selection committee for screening include Indo Australia Sudama The Half Man, A Daughters Dream by Manto Pashupatinath, Rebellious Flower - An Award Winning film on Osho (Acharya Rajneesh) by Krishan Hooda, Rajeev Bhatia's National Award Winning Film Pagdi - The Honour, Murari - The Mad Gentleman, Beyond Blue (Cannes entry) by Zanane Rajsingh, Yaaron Samjha Karo by Dharmesh Pandit and others. In the international category, we have films like Final Project (China), The Third Eye (Mongolia / Thai), Capturing Happiness (Europe), The Eve (Italy), Alastair Tembylton (USA), Imphal 1944 (UK / Japan), September Sketch Book (USA), etc.

In the short film category, we have The Sunflower starring Surendra Rajan, The Magic of Giving starring Vaquar Shaikh (Sarbjit fame) & Shweta Gulati, Sandhya an Awakening starring Anurag Tomar (Prince), Mr. Clown, Ehsaas, Oneker Moddhe Ekjon, Café Irani Chai (Documentary), The Dinner (French), Ramadan in Bhopal by Troy Khan, Washakie (Italy), Selfish and Goodbye, Mayfly (Kashmiri) by Siddhartha Gigoo amongst others.

A celebrity event, it will be not only be attended by directors and film makers from across the globe but also known names from Bollywood including Sonal Sehgal (Radio / Damadamm) and Gauhar Khan (Rocket Singh / Badrinath Ki Dulhania / Ishaqzaade / Begum Jaan as well as the winner of Bigg Boss 7), and Actors like Nirbhay Wadhwa (Hanuman Serial playing the title role), Surendra Rajan (Jadoo ki Jhappi wala sweeper of Munnabhai MBBS), Vaquar Shaikh (Sarabjit),  Saurabbh Roy (Luv Phir Kabhie), Rishi Bhutani (Bolo Raam / Gandhigiri), RJ Mantra (Comedy Circus fame), Rahul Bhuchar and others. Renowned actress Moushumi Chatterjee will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Renowned Novelist Siddhartha Gigoo who was awarded the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2015 for Asia will also attend the event.

The festival will also organise workshop in the field of acting, direction and personality grooming by renowned director Manto Pashupatinath, International Fashion Stylist and Celebrity Designer Mumtaz Khan, Creative Director Jaya Bhargava, Actor Saurabh Roy, as well as Independent film producer Jenif Matthew Joseph amongst others. These workshops will be entirely Free for youths and aspiring film makers, models and actors to attend. There will be No Registration Charges. However, you have to pre-register as Seats are Limited.

While Hotel Royal Inn, City Centre, Gwalior is Hospitality Partner to the event, Gwalior Abhi Tak News with Films & TV World is Media Partner to the event. The festival has also tied up with Giiffa - Global Impact International Film Festival & Awards as well as Darbhanga International Film Festival as Festival Partner to the event.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

AB & SRK - Two legends, one stage, an unforgettable conversation at the India Today Conclave.

It will be a magical cinematic experience at the India Today Conclave as Bollywood legends Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan engage in a never-before conversation at the most-awaited event of the year. The two-day event will also see talented actresses Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, and Kalki Koechlin, show us their depth and range. Karan Johar, director, producer, TV show host, author, will be on the other side of the coffee table for a change, being quizzed, not quizzing.

The Conclave will also touch upon the crucial topic of racial discrimination as actor, designer, WarisAhluwalia, sheds light on living in Donald Trump’s America. With a short movie, ‘Dear America’, he also makes a powerful statement against bigotry and xenophobia.  

The Conclave will also witness the worldwide premiere of short films bySudhir Mishra, Nandita Das, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Ram Madhvani.

That’s not all. In keeping with the theme of The Great Disruption, the Conclave will premiere a VR film produced by Anand Gandhi and directed by SooniTaraporewala, celebrating the spirit of Mumbai.

India Today Conclave is a unique platform where the sharpest minds from across the globe converge to discuss and debate ideas and issues. Taking a break from previous years, the India Today Group's signature event will be held in Mumbai for the first time on March 17 and March 18. The Great Disruption, the theme of the India Today Conclave this year, will feature ground-breaking ideas, innovative experiences and thought-provoking debates.

There will be two days of talking, listening, thinking, doing and experiencing. From former President of the French Republic (2007 -2012) Nicolas Sarkozy to President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, to titans of the corporate world, the list of speakers this year is bigger and bolder, heralding a wave of change.

As Conclave Director KalliPurie describes it, “This edition of the India Today Conclave is a progressive and directional platform that aims to contribute in rebuilding the disrupted social order. This specially designed multi-sensory experience, spread across two days will be a great opportunity to listen to some of the sharpest minds across the world, get inspired and take some meaningful memories back home. We believe that significant conversations are the way to generate solutions and the Conclave promotes just that. From mobile movie premieres, spell-binding stage performances, curated experiences and gourmet delights – there’s lots that one can enjoy at the Conclave, apart from a powerful thought flow.”

Come to India's busiest two days at the India Today Conclave 2017 with the world's best sharing one stage:

1.    Abhinav Bindra, Olympic Champion
2.    Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group
3.    Alia Bhatt, Actor
4.    Amitabh Bachchan, Actor
5.    Amitabh Kant, CEO, NitiAayog
6.    Anand Mahindra, Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra Group
7.    Ananya Birla, Founder, Svatantra Microfinance
8.    Anurag Kashyap, Writer and Director
9.    Anushka Sharma, Actor
10.  Arghya Sengupta, Research Director at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
11.  Asaduddin Owaisi, MP
12.  Abdul Basit, High Commissioner of Pakistan to India
13.  Chetan Bhagat, Author
14.  Deepa Malik, Paralympic Athlete
15.  Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Bank
16.  Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra
17.  Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas
18.  Dipankar Gupta, Sociologist
19.  El Had jAsSy, General Secretary of International Red Cross
20.  Harish Salve, Lawyer
21.  Kalki Koechlin, Actor
22.  Kapil Sibal, Lawyer, MP
23.  Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs
24.  Leela Samson, Bharatanatyam Dancer
25.  Liz Mohn, Vice-Chairwoman, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
26.  M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
27.  Manasi Kirloskar, Executive Director, Kirloskar Systems
28.  Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries
29.  Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (2007-2012)
30.  P. Chidambaram, Former Union Minister for Finance
31.  Pico Iyer, Author
32.  Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines
33.  Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
34.  Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law, Justice and IT
35.  RohanMurty, Founder, Murty Classical Library of India
36.  SabihaSumar, Filmmaker
37.  Sajad Lone, Minister, Jammu and Kashmir Government
38.  Shah Rukh Khan, Actor
39.  Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head, Spencer's Retail Ltd.
40.  Shivraj Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh
41.  SukhadeoThorat, Chairman, ICSSR
42.  Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, Paytm
43.  Waris Ahluwalia, Designer, Actor

Started as part of India Today’s 25th anniversary, INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE was designed as a meeting point for the best minds from India and around the world to map the geopolitical and economic future of the country. In its inaugural year the theme was India Tomorrow 2002: Opportunities and Threats with Vice President of the USA Al Gore as the chief Guest. In its second year the theme was India Tomorrow 2003: Global Giant or Pygmy? The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States presided as the keynote speaker. The past 14 conclaves have been widely acclaimed and popular for the quality of speakers and discussion. The speakers who have been part of this conference each year are current and former heads of state, Nobel Laureates, spiritual leaders, industry captains, social workers, economists, authors, academics, scientist, strategists, activists, cine directors, actors and sportspersons. The past conferences can be accessed at

ग्वालियर निवासी देख सकेंगे हॉलीवुड और बॉलीवुड फ़िल्में

ग्वालियर में होने वाला है Lake City International Film Festival जो 31 March से 1 April 2017 को होगा , जिसमें दुनिया भर की क़रीब 180 फ़िल्म शामिल है। इनमे से कुछ फ़िल्में चीन, जापान, इटली, अमरीका और जर्मनी से भी हिस्सा ले रही हैं, हिंदुस्तान की भी कुछ चुनिंदा फ़िल्में जिन्हें काफ़ी इंटर्नैशनल अवार्ड्स मिल चुके है जैसे  कि  मंटो पशुपतिनाथ निर्देशित A DAUGHTER’S DREAM,  राजिब बल निर्देशित Sudama The Half Man, राहत काज़मी निर्देशित  Mantostaan और Ek Albela जिसमें की विद्या बालन ने बेहतरीन अभिनय किया है दिखाई जाएँगी। साथ ही साथ दर्शकों को चीन की फ़िल्म The Final Project, मंगोलिया की The Third Eye, इटली की The Eve, अमरीका की Alastair Tembylton और जापान की Imphal 1944 भी दिखाई जाएँगी। 

फ़ेस्टिवल के फ़ाउंडर डिरेक्टर मोहन दास कहते है की उनका इस फ़ेस्टिवल के पीछे ये मक़सद है की मध्य प्रदेश को दुनिया के सामने उजागर करना और यहाँ के कलाकारों को एक ऐसा मंच प्रदान करना जिससे वो अपनी पहचान पूरी दुनिया में बना सके। इस इंटर्नैशनल फ़िल्म फ़ेस्टिवल में शॉर्ट फ़िल्म्ज़ और डॉक्युमेंटरीज़ भी दिखाई जाएँगी जिसका ग्वालियर के निवासी ख़ूब आनन्द उठा सकेंगे। 

चेअर मैन ज़ूरी जयश्री भार्गव जो ख़ुद  मध्य प्रदेश से है उन्होंने बताया कि फ़ेस्टिवल में एंट्री फ़्री है कोई टिकट नहीं है और सभी ग्वालियर निवासी आमंत्रित है जिन्हें फ़िल्म देखने का शौक़ है । दो दिन चलने वाले इस फ़ेस्टिवल में मौशमी चैटर्जी को लाइफ़ टाइम अचीव्मेंट  अवार्ड से सम्मानित किया जाएगा, उनके अलवा काफ़ी फ़िल्म हस्तियाँ भी इस फ़ेस्टिवल में भाग लेने वाली है। 5 लोगों की ज़ूरी फ़िल्मों में से सर्वश्रेष्ट फ़िल्मों को सलेक्ट करेगी जिसको इस  फ़ेस्टिवल में दिखाया जाएगा और इनमे से ही सिलेक्टेड फ़िल्म्ज़ को 1 April 2017 में अवार्ड्स दिए जाएँगे।