Saturday, April 30, 2022

The ICA Lifetime Achievement Award conferred to legendary director Saeed Mirza


Director of the popular TV serials Nukkad (Street Corner) and Intezaar (Wait) and the maker of notable parallel films such as Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai, Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro and Naseem which won two National Film Awards in 1996, Screenwriter and director Saeed Akhtar Mirza was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at ICA - International Cultural Artifact Film Festival. Though the Award was declared for the year 2020, it was conferred on him today by the ICA Team members including Festival Director Amandeep Singh, Founder Amarnath Singh, Milind Champanerkar, Dr. Ajay Doke, Subodh and Chairman Jury Prof. Dr. Mohan Das. 

The ICA Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred to a talented film maker who have made a their mark in the industry with a purposeful film with a strong social message. The award consists of a memento, a copy of the Indian Constitution, a shawl and a cash cheque of Rupees Eleven Thousand. Noted director Sagar Sarhadi who directed Bazar with Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah was the recipient of the award in 2019.

Saeed Akhtar Mirza started his career as a documentary film maker in 1976, graduating to films with the acclaimed Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978), about the frustrations of an idealistic youth caught in the trap of a feudal money culture. It won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for the year. This was followed by Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai (1980), about an angry youth, in search of his class and ethnic identifications. This too won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. Next in this series of his based on the urban middle class, came his satire on the Indian judicial system, Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984), an old couple which struggles for years in their legal case that runs for years under a corrupt judiciary, in nexus with real-estate developer. Set in the urban ‘middle class’, his film chronicled their struggles and search of identity in a rapidly changing landscape and economic conditions. Then finally in his angst-ridden movies came, Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989), starring Pawan Malhotra, an archetypal Muslim youth caught in the circle of crime and recrimination, and their collective state amidst growing communalism, ghetto mentality, and a search for an ethnic identity which does not clash with a national identity.

Meanwhile, he directed and produced popular TV serials Nukkad (Street Corner) (1986) and Intezaar (Wait) (1988), the first was set in lower middle class of various communities, which meet at a street corner in Mumbai suburb, shared their struggle of everyday survival in a harsh world, and was a big hit. He has lectured widely on Indian cinema at universities in India and The US. He contributes regularly to Indian newspapers and magazines on current political debates and through film reviews.

His last film Naseem was released way in 1995 set in collapsing secular structure post Babri Masjid demolition era. The film was featured in Avijit Ghosh's book, 40 Retakes, Bollywood Classics you May Have Missed. After that as he put it, "The demolition of the Babri Masjid was the last straw. Naseem was almost like an epitaph. After the film, I had really nothing to say. I needed to regain my faith and retain my sanity. So I decided to travel around India and document it on a video camera". Subsequently he devoted his time to travelling, writing and making documentaries. Later started on his autobiographical work,[6] finally released in 2008, as his maiden novel named Ammi: Letter to a Democratic Mother which is about the memories of his mother who died in 1990 and a series of vignettes comprising Sufi fables, childhood memories.

Saeed Akhtar Mirza is the life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television. Currently he is making film, Ek Tho Chance.

UV Films Guthlee premieres at Kolkata & Cameroon together


Debutante filmmaker Ishrat R Khan's feature film Guthlee Ladoo has made it to the prestigious 27th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). Premiered on April 26th at Nandan, Kolkat; Guthlee Ladoo is screened in the Indian Language Competition section. The first ever Bundeli language film to go to any film festival, Ishrat Khan is elated over his film’s entry into KIFF and feels proud to represent Bundelkhand and especially Bundeli language in a festival that’s acclaimed internationally. “This is my debut film and I am happy that Guthlee has made its way to the KIFF this year. Same time, I'm elated that Guthlee is also being premiered at Cameroon International Film Festival on the same dates.

Ishrat started his innings assisting renowned director like Anees Bazmee with whom he graduated from 1st Ad to the associate director in a span of time. Some of the movies that he assisted Anees includes Welcome Back, Thank You, No Problem, Welcome, Sandwich, No Entry and Deewangee.  Later he went on to associate with Raaj Shaandilyaa for Dream Girl, Prerna Wadhawan for Ishqeria and Amberdeep Singh for Lahoriye. 

However it’s quite unnatural of someone to venture into such a hard hitting domain about the state of education and the caste system in rural India in today's age when he has majorly been involved with comedies. Normally anyone would have preferred doing something that they have mastered in, but Ishrat not only chose to be different but also preferred dealing in a subject that was not the mainstream language - Hindi. Ishrat says, “I understand that’s how anyone would have done it. However, I wanted my debut to stand out on the marquee. We are premiering it at KIFF and plans are afoot to take it to Cannes and other major festivals across the globe including Toronto, London and others."

With over 20 years of experience in Bollywood, Ishrat Khan is considered one of the most efficient film makers of this era. His attention to detail, thorough pre-production & clear vision sets him apart, which can be seen in Guthlee. With a simple to seem storyline, the film is multi-layered. It’s about Guthlee, the son of a poor sweeper, has a dream - to go to school. But the major obstacle is his caste. A headmaster is sympathetic to him but powerless against caste discrimination. When they develop an unspoken bond, Guthlee's dream sees hope. 

Speaking about the film, Ishrat says, “Guthlee is a film that speaks volumes about the state of education and the caste system in rural India in today's age. Of course, there have been massive improvements in this respect by the government, but still there are untold stories that highlight the plight of the lower caste people and their inability to get education for their children. This film is an attempt to bring this matter to the forefront. It's a story of a small boy, son of a low caste sweeper, who wants to go to school. The film has been treated realistically, so as to make the viewer’s feel the rustic reality of a north Indian village. The film does not try to portray any of the higher caste people in a negative light, it's not an attempt to antagonize, but rather to make people think about the fact that something that is so easy for us to provide to our children - a school education - can remain an unfulfilled dream for so many deserving children just because they belong to low castes.” 

Produced by Pradeep Rangwani under the banner of UV Films, Guthlee Ladoo features an ensemble cast that includes Sanjay Mishra, Subrat Dutta, Kalyanee Mulay and Dhanay Seth in the titular role. The film has been shot by Anil Akki and edited by Steven H. Bernard. Amar Mohile has provided the background score for the movie.

An exciting range of haute couture makeup lip liner and filler by Manish Malhotra

Indulge in the world of hues to partner your impeccable style, with the launch of Lip Liner and Filler from Manish Malhotra Beauty exclusively by MyGlamm. Draw the line between the usual and the opulent, and let your lips make a statement. No matter who you are beneath it all -pick your pair and pout it out for the world to see your true colours with the new Manish Malhotra Lip Liners and Fillers. Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup Collection, exclusively by MyGlamm brings you a little bit of couture for everyday glamour carefully curated with India's leading fashion designer, Manish Malhotra. 

From bold to basic, glamm to the goddess and more - pick the shade that defines you. In 5 sumptuous shades that perfectly compliment the classic, beloved and bestselling Hi-Shine Lipsticks, Get a luxuriously plump, show-stopping pout in one stroke with Manish Malhotra Beauty Lip Liner & Filler. It is an ultra-hydrating, high-definition lip contour, enriched with hyaluronic acid, argan oil and vitamin B5. It is intensely pigmented with a creamy matte finish. It doesn’t smudge and lasts from dusk to dawn and gives a 3D effect to lips. Skip the bleed and pair up with your favourite Manish Malhotra Hi-Shine Lipstick to steal the show.  

Outline your lips with gilded ease starting from your cupid’s bow to the outer corners of your lips. Fill them up and smack your lips together and get ready to flaunt the fuller-looking pout. The Manish Malhotra Lip liners and fillers are vegan, paraben and sulphate free, gluten and alcohol-free keeping intact the creamy texture, blendable with no residue of feathering. Make a statement now with these amazing smudge-proof, ultra-precise lip liners and fillers.

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