Thursday, 22 October 2009
Fun never ends in Mumbai!
Diwali festival came and went (oooh! That was fun!!!). Election season came and went..(Yeah!!! Congress is here once again) now for the next dose of excitement, and this time it will be films. Mumbaikar need regular dose of stress busters and what can be better than watching a film???
Mumbai is all set for Mumbai Festival from October 26th to November 6th 2009. It kicks off on Oct. 29 with American filmmaker Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant" and ends on Nov. 5 with Greek director Theo Angelopoulus's "The Dust of Time".
Over the period of seven days there will be 200 films from 56 countries shown in three main theatres. Delegates can watch festival films at all three venues -Fun Cinema, Andheri, Metro Cinema at Churchgate and Big Cinema at Ghatkopar.
During the festival veteran Indian actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor will be honoured along with Hollywood screenwriter Paul Schrader. The festival will also pay tribute to the late legendary filmmaker B R Chopra with a screening of his film, Naya Daur.
This film festival has come a long way. India's first independent International Film Festival was in November 1997 that showcased 65 films from 23 countries, and created a platform for the FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) award , which was instituted for the first time at an Indian Festival.
This year, the annual event's budget has been boosted with 40 million rupees from Reliance Big Entertainment, a division of Reliance ADA Group.
"As the capital of India's film industry, we felt that Mumbai should have a festival that will be worthy of its status," Reliance Big Entertainment chairman Amit Khanna said on Tuesday.
Uummph! Did anyone talk of recession in Mumbai? Nah!!!
The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),
.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” .....as it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.
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