GANT Added Glamour to CN Wadia Gold Cup Million Race ~ Crème de la crème of the city gathered for GANT fashion show ~

GANT Added Glamour to CN Wadia Gold Cup Million Race

~ Crème de la crème of the city gathered for GANT fashion show ~

Mumbai, 10th March, 2013 – This race weekend witnessed a host of celebrities and socialites coming together at the city’s race course to watch the thrilling rivalry of men and horses competing for the prestigious title of the CN Wadia Million Cup. The most awaited race event of the year – The CN Wadia Million Cup gave the glitterati a chance to watch top notch racing action along with a fashion showing of an eclectic collection put together by GANT with Gladrags mega model Manhunt contestants.

Celebrities, fashionistas and pure racing aficionados from different walks of life were present to experience the thrilling derby. Post the first race, GANT showcased its Spring-Summer ‘13 collection which gave guests a glimpse of the upcoming trends of the season.

Gladrags mega model manhunt contestants sizzled the ramp showcasing GANT’s latest collection inspired from coastal cultures around the world. From the upbeat beaches of Brazil and iconic prints popular in India to the nautical prep of eastern Long Island, the collection dives into its eclectic heritage to deliver smart and casual summer staples that are both timeless and perfectly current. The collection is a global celebration of coastal life, delivering smart and casual summer staples that are crisp, fresh and sporty. The Fashion show was organized by Gladrags under the supervision of Mrs. Maureen Wadia, Editor & President, Gladrags Magazine & Beauty Pageants

The event was attended by the glitterati of Mumbai City; business tycoons including Sharon Prabhakar & Tara Sharma

GANT , the fashion partner for the Gladrags Mega Model hunt , surprised the guests with “ Gant best dressed couple” at the venue and handed over Gant merchandise and a lucky draw winner winner was chosen among the models.

The grand event was the perfect blend of glamour, sport and style!!!!!

About GANT

GANT is a lifestyle brand, with an American sportswear heritage, offering modern high quality casual wear with a European touch. Originating from the traditions and lifestyles of the American East Coast and reflecting a European way of thinking. GANT, the lifestyle brand is defined as American casualness with European elegance. The fusion of these two cultures is what shapes the GANT world. GANT is today established in over 60 countries through 600 GANT stores and a large number of selected premium retailers and with its same panache. GANT is currently available in Mumbai in Infinity Mall – Malad, Phoenix Marketcity – Kurla, R City Mall – Ghatkopar and will be opening 3 exclusive stores in Mumbai soon, namely Linking Road – Bandra, Palladium Mall – Lower Parel & Oberoi Mall – Goregaon East.

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SLT PEO TV launches Cartoon Network and POGO in Sri Lanka

~ More choice for kids as top kids’ channels were launched on 4th March 2013 ~

Mumbai, Monday, 11thMarch 2013: Pioneering IPTV services provider SLT PEO TV has taken kids entertainment a step further by introducing the two most popular children’s channels – Cartoon Network and POGO in Sri Lanka. The channels, launched on the 4th of March 2013, will bring children’s hit programmes such as Ben 10, Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry,M.A.D. (Music Art and Dance), etc. thereby adding action, fantasy, humour, arts and crafts and much more to the lives of kids across the country. Consumers will be able to watch both these channels in English.

Commenting on the new launch, Mr. MalrajBalapitiya – CEO of SLT VisionCom (Pvt) Ltd said,“We are excited to launch Cartoon Network and POGO – the two leading kids channels dedicated to young viewers. The launch is in response to our viewer preferences, which we at SLT PEO TV pay a lot of attention to. Every audience segment is important to us and we thrive in providing a varied choice to every single member of the family.”

Troy Lobo, Sr. Director Network & Content Distribution South Asia, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Sri Lanka is a focus market for Turner and we are happy to announce this strategic move to strengthen our presence in Sri Lanka. The ever-evolving kids’ entertainment genre that holds a remarkably high potential in Sri Lanka led us to expand our partnership with SLT PEO TV for Cartoon Network and POGO.”

SLT PEO TV gives viewersthe ideal platform to enjoy the best of local and international infotainment from around the world. They are committed to enhancing viewer experiences as well as meeting viewer demands with interactive personalized experiences. This launch will cater to younger audiences, enriching kid’s entertainment as well as providing them more programmes to choose from.

About PEO TV

Sri Lanka Telecom PLC introduced the IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) technology to Sri Lanka under the brand name PEO TV (Personalized Entertainment Option). SLT PEO TV offers a host of services to its customers including Live TV Services, Time Shift TV, Rewind TV, Video on Demand, Subscription Video on Demand and many Interactive Applications &Services. SLT PEO TV currently owns an active subscriber base over 70,000 around the island and presently customers can enjoy over 80 prime local and international TV channels.

About Turner Asia Pacific

Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, (Turner) creates and distributes award-winning, branded news and entertainment media environments on television, and other platforms around the Asia Pacific region and beyond. A leader in the Asian television and media business, we offer a total of 18 branded channels in nine languages reaching hundreds of millions of viewers in 31 countries via 29 feeds.

Our brands include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Cartoonito, Boomerang, Pogo, Toonami, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, WB, HBO, HBO HITS, HBO DEFINED, QTV, MONDO TV and TABI CHANNEL. The Turner brands are available in interactive, non-linear formats, reflecting the company’s innovative and industry-leading approach to delivering compelling content whenever, wherever.

Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS), a Time Warner company. For more information, visit www.turnerasiapacific.com.

About Cartoon Network Asia Pacific

Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated entertainment while drawing from the world’s most iconic cartoon library of Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna-Barbera titles. Original series showcased on Cartoon Network include the hit, award-winning series Ben 10, The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show and Adventure Time. Cartoon Network is available in 23 territories throughout Asia Pacific and is currently seen in more than 71 million cable homes. Online, Cartoon Network’s eight websites in the region reach nearly four million unique visitors a month with one million registered users, and eight million Facebook fans.

In Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network is owned and operated by Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner creates and distributes award-winning, branded news and entertainment media environments on television and other platforms. Turner is a leader in the Asian television and media business, offering a total of 18 branded channels in nine languages reaching hundreds of millions of viewers in 32 countries via 29 feeds.

About POGO

Catering to the generation of kids who bounce higher, play smarter, think louder and dream bigger, POGO is Turner’s only-for-India kids’ entertainment network. The channel features animated and live action content spanning multiple genres from comedy and art to games and curiosity. POGO inspires more than 27 million kids across the country with its exciting and highly engaging content portfolio.

Over the years, POGO has steadily paved its way to becoming the number 1 kids’ entertainment channel in India.

For further information, please contact:

Vishesh Verma

Turner International India Pvt. Ltd.

Tel: +91 22 42099189

Email:Vishesh.Verma@Turner.com

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ACK Media enters the ‘Young Audience’ category with the launch of Bright Start

March 2013, India: It is at a young age that a child begins to develop skills and forms a personality. To open new worlds and enrich the lives of these little masters, ACK Media, India’s leading education and entertainment conglomerate, which owns some of the most loved brands like Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle, Karadi Tales and Brainwave, announced its entry into the “Young Audience” category with the launch of their new brand ‘Bright Start’.

An early learning series from the house of ACK Media, the new brand Bright Start is aimed at making learning a pleasant and easy experience for young children from 2-6 years.The first lot of Bright Start books will be available throughout, from modern retail chains to mom & pop/stationery shops, from February 2013 onwards @ Rs.55/- each.

“Exposing kids to books at early age is an excellent way to stimulate their imaginations, concentration skills and encourage a solid love of books for the future. However when choosing books for young children, there are several factors to keep in mind, such as their attention span, their age and their interests. Bright Start, our new product for young children has been designed keeping all these factors in mind”, said Mr. Manas Mohan, COO, ACK Media. “With Amar Chitra Katha’s legacy of imparting knowledge to young minds, it was sort of a natural extension to start talking to a younger readership. For generations, readers have been asking us to plug this gap. Bright Start takes that first step with the aim at making learning a pleasant and easy experience for young children from 2-6 years”, he further added.

Bright Start includes all activities that combine knowledge with fun like copy colouring, jigsaw puzzles, mazes and dot-to-dot, among others. The wide collection of activity books under Bright Start will allow the child’s imagination to grow and will help them to develop new skills quickly and easily. These wonderful books will also develop the creativity of the children, and provide the right direction for the learning process while offering a fun-filled experience.

“Bright Start is much more than just an activity books imprint. We see it playing a big role in shaping the young minds; moulding and channelizing them at the right age. The company has an ambitious plan, with hundreds of titles to hit the stores in the coming years,” further addedMr. Rajesh M. Iyer, Vice President – Creative, ACK Media.

About ACKMedia:

ACK Media is India’s leading entertainment and education conglomerate for young audiences. Some of India’s most-loved brands including Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle, Karadi Tales, Brainwave and well-known proprietary characters like Suppandi are part of ACK Media. ACK Media develops products for multiple platforms including print, online services, games, television, films, mobile and home videos. ACK Media is headquartered in Mumbai, has a design studio in Bengaluru and a subsidiary in Chennai.

For further information, please contact:

PRaxis Media:

Saima Gaziani- +91 9819795289,

RuchiBachani- +91 9769433110


Warm Regards,
Prathmesh Chavan
PRaxis Media
+919619287120
prathmesh.c@praxismedia.in

Mahim West,Mumbai 400016

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92.7 BIG FM KOLKATA CELEBRATES THE SPIRIT OF WOMANHOOD THIS WOMEN’S DAY ALONG WITH TOLLYWOOD’S FAVOURITE SUDIPTA CHAKRABORTY

FELICITATED SOME OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND ENIGMATIC WOMEN FROM SEVERAL UNCONVENTIONAL AND GENERALLY MALE-DOMINATED PROFESSIONS

Kolkata, March 8, 2013: 92.7 BIG FM Kolkata, brought in the International Women’s Day celebrations amidst much fanfare with Tollywood’s favourite actress Sudipta Chakraborty. The unique part of this celebration was the bringing together on one platform women from unconventional and male dominated professions to felicitate them. Those who were honoured today included Ms. Suchismita Misra (Inspector Kolkata Police, HQ), Ms. Zoe Talukdar (International Level Martial Art Champion), and Ms. Papiya Ganguli (Lady Taxi Driver) along with the chief guest, Sudipta Chakraborty. The ladies got together to discuss the challenges they face as professionals in their daily lives. The afternoon was hosted at Hotel Sonnet, Salt Lake.

Originally known as International Working Women’s Day, this day is celebrated across the globe where women from across different strata of the society are appreciated for their spirit; irrespective of their status or stature. On this eventful day 92.7 BIG FM rolled out its red carpet to felicitate some of the unsung champions of society.

With this initiative, BIG FM resolved to not just appreciate and applaud these charismatic women for their unvarying contribution to the society, but also establish the need of an atmosphere of constant dialogue and discussion when it comes to the rights and future of women in India.

As an extension to the initiative, 92.7 BIG FM, which has always been on the forefront of social awareness activities, culminated the discussion by gifting their guests and a select few women listeners with a sapling, with the message to facilitate and promote water and energy conservation. The guests also urged all the listeners to take a collective oath to plant a sapling and help save the health and serenity of our Mother Earth.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashwin Padmanabhan, Business Head, 92.7 BIG FM said, “We, at 92.7 BIG FM, are honored to have these women of substance with us today. International Women’s Day is a celebration of the spirit of womanhood and their contribution to the prosperity of society, both through personal evolution and professional contribution. We salute the spirit of these women who strive each day to make a mark for themselves in unconventional roles!”

About Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd.

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited is a media entertainment conglomerate with play across radio, television, intellectual properties and television production. It is part of the Reliance Group and specializes in creating and executing integrated media solutions for brands. The company houses the following verticals: 92.7 BIG FM – India’s largest FM Network with 45 stations, reaching over 4 crore Indians each week; BIG CBS Networks – A joint venture with CBS Studios International, offering 3 English Entertainment Channels – Prime, Love, Spark, as well as a regional General Entertainment Channel for the PCHP region called Spark Punjabi; BIG RTL THRILL – the first channel from the Company’s joint venture with Europe’s RTL Group, targeted at male audiences and is positioned as the ultimate action destination; BIG MAGIC – a regional General Entertainment Channel for the Hindi heartland, which has also expanded into the US, Canada and Australia under the brand name BIG MAGIC INTERNATIONAL; BIG PRODUCTIONS – the television content production division that caters to the creative needs of the diverse Indian television landscape. Reliance Broadcast Network also distributes Bloomberg TV India, the country’s premier business news channel as part of its television bouquet. For more information log on to www.reliancebroadcast.com

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NofelIzz’s new composition “Sonia” has an Instagram effect…

International Artist is at double-trouble with his profession by mixing business- music together, we call it Bussinger!

NofelIzz- a name that is creating a storm not just amongst the Desi music, but also by working with international brand names- David Guetta. Fans will get a first-hand release of this, in UK, USA, and India.

Currently the singer is the process of releasing his new song, composed by Pakistani compose- IrfanSaleem , which is sung by muse of the new Babujeedherrechalna- ( Salaam Naamaste); SonuKakkar and Nofel himself. Suresh Thomas from Cresendo Music Group quoted; “ we were considering between ShriyaGhosal and SunidiChauhan, but then after meeting Sonu, he voice complimented the melody aptly.”

The first peek of this fresh release is a romantic duet called “ Meherbani” with soft rhythmic beats. A very first style for SonuKakkar.

When asked, why there has been a delay in his release he said “ I have been challenged with both my singing and business lifestyle. Travelling between Dubai and Canada is making it difficult to find spaced time for singing. I am in the process of completing some transactions, and then will completely dedicate my self into music”-NofelIzz.

The delay in his music, has not affected his fan list, whom he responds to on a daily basis online. With over a quarter million followers, he spends three hours daily talking to them through mails.

Joining hands with COKE STUDIO, India. He is thrilled to be performing for the youth as he believes they are constantly synced to their music, appreciating all styles and genres.

His recent composition is an unplugged version- “ Sonia” a Punjabi song with an Instagram stop motion video, the concept has been shot in Dubai, and can be viewed on his Facebook fan page.

NofelIzz- a brand name that has been able to sing on the same platform with famous Pakistani Singer, SanamMarvi, is definitely one of the most searched names on Google today. His music can be enjoyed by all age groups, and there is always a story telling in each composition. He has several projects lined up for the year 2013.

Mahendra Gaddam.

Piicture N Kraft
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Andheri (West) Mumbai-400053
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Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today joined Indian Film Festival of Melbourne ambassador and one of India’s leading actors, Vidya Balan, to launch the 2013 festival program in India’s film heartland, Mumbai.

“The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a wonderful demonstration of our growing cultural links and shows the creativity and innovation that Melbourne and Mumbai are both famous for,” Ms Asher said.

“To be held from 3-15 May, the 2013 festival will celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema and will showcase and provide audiences some of the most celebrated films of the last century including the very first Indian film Raja Harishchandra (1913).

“I’m also delighted to announce that the festival will close with the Australian premiere of The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012).

“In addition to screening a diverse array of films from India, the festival will also showcase a number of films from the sub-continent.

“The festival will host prominent Indian filmmakers and screen professionals and also provide an interactive program of master classes.”

For the second year, Indian film star Vidya Balan will return to Melbourne as the festival’s ambassador.

Ms Asher said Ms Balan’s love of India and Victoria promotes the festival to a far-reaching and diverse audience.

“We all know Ms Balan has a great love for her homeland, and she also has a love for Melbourne,” Ms Asher said.

Among the guests of the 2013 festival will be Mrs Pamela Chopra, visiting Melbourne to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late husband, Mr Yash Chopra. The award will acknowledge his contribution to film and his special relationship with Victoria. The festival will pay rich tribute to the legendary filmmaker, including screening his final film Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Other esteemed guests from the industry joining the festival will be Simi Garewal, Prabhudeva, Kabir Khan, Farha Khan, Avtar Panesar and Onir.

Ms Asher said the Victorian Government is committed to strengthening Victoria’s association with India as well as developing mutual understanding of our respective screen industries.

The festival plays a significant role in promoting Victoria as a cosmopolitan multicultural centre for screen excellence.

“Victoria’s diverse locations have a lot to offer Indian productions. Victoria is renowned for its striking modern and historic architecture. And we enjoy some of the world’s most spectacular scenery,” Ms Asher said.

Ms Asher highlighted the link between the festival and recent initiatives undertaken by the Victoria Government in support of the local film industry.

“The festival complements a number of initiatives the government has implemented to strengthen ties between the Victorian and Indian film industries,” she said.

“Last year, the Victorian Government launched a new three-year fellowship program, the Screen Skills – International Fellowships, to support Victorian screen practitioners to gain international experience with production companies in India, North America and the United Kingdom.

“The Victorian Government, through Film Victoria, also delivers the Victoria/India Co-production initiative, aimed at fostering relationships and encouraging co-production or joint partnerships between the Victorian and Indian film and television industries.”

Mitu Bhowmick-Lange, Festival Director of Mind Blowing Films said she wasvery excited to be showcasing such a dynamic program that not only delivers the best of Indian films over the last year but also captures its journey over the last 100 years.

“We are certain that audiences will be delighted with this year’s program and take the opportunity to engage with some of India’s most celebrated film makers”, Ms Bhowmick-Lange said.

Mr Asher is in Mumbai, India, as part of the Victorian Government’s current Super Trade Mission to India, which includes delegates representing more than 150 leading Victorian organisations and businesses.

For more information on the 2013 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne visit www.iffm.com.au/.

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Swapna Patker launches Saffron 12, a multi-cuisine delight, in stlye

Mumbai opens is arms to welcome Dr Swapna Patker’s Saffron 12, a multi-cuisine fine-dining family restaurant and a state-of-art food n drink place in Mahim.

Apart from the global cuisine including Chinese, Thai and Continental, besides Indian varieties, Saffron 12 boasts of authentic over three century old Pathare Prabhu recipes, the aroma of the secret special spice-recipe is simply amazing.

“This is but a humble beginning,” says Dr Swapna Patker, the woman behind Saffron 12. “The idea behind Saffron 12 is to have 12 lounges, a la Saffron style.” An engineer with a PhD from Harvard Business School, Dr Swapna Patker is an entrepreneur in the true sense with multiple businesses of engineering, corporate training, counseling, spiritual training and now, the restaurant adds another feather to her cap. “I am who I am because of my parents. They stood by me and supported my dreams and aspirations at every step,” avers Dr Patker.

“The idea behind Saffron 12,” elaborates Dr Patker, “is to have a great ambience, great food and prices that suit your pockets.” Looking at the way, the celebs relished the food and the Safron safa alike at the opening, it looks like Saffron 12 is surely here to stay.

The celebs who graced the event included Sanjay Raut, Sanjay Dutt, Uddhav Thackeray, Bappi Lahiri, Bappa Lahiri, Hrishitaa Bhatt, sufi singer Mudasir Ali, Tajdar Amrohi, Shalini Thackeray, Suresh Wadkar and wife Padma, Bhoop Yadvanshi, Sonalika Pradhan, Sanjeev Jaiswal, Manasi Rachh, Dalip Tahil, Gary Richardson, Murli Sharma, Akshay Bardpurkar, Vikram Gaikwad, Nilesh Gaikwad, Audrey D’Silva and a horde of others.

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Mohan Mirchandani’s “Hum log awards on “Maha Shivratri” an annual event

Hum Log Showbiz Awards 2013, for past 36 yrs. Convened by Hum Log Foundation President Mr. Mohan Mirchandani at Radio Club 2013 Awardees include star pop singer zabardast Zubair Ahmed (Composer Guitarist and Singer), Sandhya Shetty, Swaroop (Indian Idol Fame) Raika (Newcomer Actress), Ravinderr (Pop-Singer) , Jayashree T (Veteran actress-dancer) Jaiprakash K (Noted Film-Maker) , Shravan Rathod (Music Director) Pahlaj Nìhalani (Producer and Director), Sudhakar Bokade (Producer) and many more awardees graced the evening .

The event was as successful as every year !!!

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Rahul Vaidya gives a soulful performance on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

On the pious occasion of “Maha shivratri ,shiv ganesh trust organised an evening with Rahul Vaidya and the event witnessed Jaiwant Parab and marathi singer Bela Shende

Rahul vaidya was the highlight of the evening ,where he perfomed his favourite songs ,rahul wore a blue shirt and was indeed the blue eyed boy for all present with his soulful performance.

It was an outstanding performance true to the occasion.

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Eight Feature Film Projects Selected for Second

Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab

Mumbai, India – Mumbai Mantra, the media and entertainment division of the Mahindra Group, in collaboration with Sundance Institute, has selected eight Indian Screenwriters and their feature film projects for the second annual Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab scheduled from March 10-15 at a Club Mahindra Resort.

This year’s Screenwriting Fellows, selected from submissions from around the world, are: Sarthak Dasgupta (The Music Teacher); Pratim D. Gupta (Ink); Nitin Kakkar (Black Freedom); Abhijit Mazumdar (Delirium); Terrie Samundra (Betamax); Renuka Shahane (Tribhanga); Kavanjit Singh (Television); and Neha Sinha (Forgiven).

At the Lab, Screenwriting Fellows will engage in an artistically demanding process that offers indispensable lessons in craft, a fresh perspective on their work and a platform to fully realize their material. Screenwriting Fellows will have the opportunity to work intensely on their feature film scripts in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking, with the support of a distinguished group of established Screenwriters and Directors serving as Creative Advisors.

Creative Advisors include: Bill Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Hoax), Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace), Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna), Habib Faisal (Do Dooni Chaar, Ishaqzaade – Born to Hate… Destined to Love), Sabrina Dhawan (Monsoon Wedding), Anjum Rajabali (Rajneeti, Aaraakshan), Marti Noxon (Mad Men, Glee), Carlos Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Rudo Y Cursi), and Malia Scotch-Marmo (Hook, Once Around).

The Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab was announced and inaugurated today during a star studded brunch at JW Marriott, Mumbai. The ones seen included Anil Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Irrfan Khan, Rahul Bose, Tisca Chopra, Kunal Kapoor, Siddharath Basu, Meeta Vashishtha, Sanjay Suri, Onir, Swara Bhaskar, Sushma Reddy, Sridhar Raghavan, Tanuja Chandra, Sidharath Kak amongst others.

Rohit Khattar, Chairman, Mumbai Mantra, said, “We are at an exciting storytelling stage in the history of Independent Cinema in India. With the help of our exceptional partner, Sundance Institute, we are keen to recognize, nurture and hone talent in India and across the world. We welcome to the Lab the 9 remarkably talented Screenwriters and Directors who are sparing their valuable time to guide the Screenwriting Fellows. We congratulate the 8 Screenwriting Fellows selected for the second Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and look forward to their next films with great anticipation. I thank the Advisory Committee members for so generously giving back to the Indian Film Industry by reading innumerable screenplays in order to arrive at this shortlist.”

Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, and Paul Federbush, International Director, Feature Film Program, said, “Sundance Institute and Mumbai Mantra share a commitment to supporting the growth of independent artists in India and we look forward with excitement to our second Screenwriters Lab together. We are grateful to the accomplished screenwriters who are bringing their expertise and generosity to the Lab as Creative Advisors and the very talented group of Indian screenwriters who have been selected for the Lab.”

Mumbai Mantra received over 500 applications for the Lab from Indian screenwriters across the globe. After intense debate and deliberation and consultation with the Sundance Institute, the final 8 projects were decided.

The Selection Advisory Committee included Dev Benegal, Ira Bhaskar, Pubali Chaudhuri, Uma Da Cunha, Rashmi Doraiswamy, Habib Faisal, K. Hariharan, Deven Khote, Prakash Kovelamudi, Ram Madhvani, Neeru Nanda, Sriram Raghavan, Anjum Rajabali, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Mahesh Samat, Meenakshi Shedde, and Anahita Uberoi.

The Lab is one facet of a creative and strategic collaboration between Sundance Institute and Mahindra Group that helps Indian filmmakers connect to ever-increasing global audiences. The inaugural Lab that was held last year was an overwhelming success. Last year’s Screenwriting Fellows and their projects included – Charudutt Acharya (Sonali Cable Centre), Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar (Margarita, With a Straw), Vikas Chandra (Toothache), Rajnesh Domalpalli (Avani), Prashant Nair (Umrica), Anusha Rizvi & Mahmood Farooqui (Opium), Ajitpal Singh (Manjhi) and Kartik Singh (Public School).

At the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., Sundance Institute and Mahindra announced four recipients of the Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards, which includes a cash award of $10,000 and attendance at the Sundance Film Festival for a specially curated five-day program of targeted creative and industry meetings, screenings and panels. The 2013 award winners are Sarthak Dasgupta / THE MUSIC TEACHER (India), Etienne Jonas Carpignano / A CHJANA (Italy/US), Vendela Vida & Eva Weber / LET THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ERASE YOUR NAME (UK/Germany) and Aly Muritiba / THE MAN WHO KILLED MY DEAD BELOVED (Brazil).

The Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award Nomination Committee for the Indian Award winner included Anil Kapoor (Actor), Anjum Rajabali (Screenwriter, Film Professor), K. Hariharan (Film Academy Head), Ira Bhaskar (Film Professor), Rajkumar Hirani (Writer – Director), Ramesh Sippy (Director-Producer), Sharmila Tagore (Actor), Shabana Azmi (Actor-Activist) and Shyam Benegal (Director).

Now in its third year, the award has proved to be a vital platform for some of the most promising international filmmakers. In the past year, three former award winners wrapped production on their projects – Bogdan Mustata’s Wolf (Romania), Seng Tat Liew’s In What City Does It Live (Malaysia), and Tayla Lavie’s Zero Motivation (Israel) – with several others poised to begin production this year.

PROJECTS AND SCREENWRITERS SELECTED

The Music Teacher / India

LOGLINE

The life of a small town music teacher takes a sharp turn when one of his ex-students, now estranged, a big celebrity in the far-away city today, is slated to visit the town after many years. The teacher, now lovelorn, prepares to meet her not knowing if she still bears the same feelings about him as she did those many years back.

Writer/director: Sarthak Dasgupta

With a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, a Master’s degree in Business Management, and five years in the corporate world of Mumbai, Sarthak Dasgupta realized life needed a different definition than the one he was living. Sarthak left his cushy job and set out to become a filmmaker. His debut feature The Great Indian Butterfly has screened at various international film festivals.

Ink / India

LOGLINE

A struggling journalist chances upon a scandalous story which has the potential to rock the world of showbiz.

Writer/director: Pratim D. Gupta

Pratim D. Gupta has been the resident film critic for The Telegraph newspaper in Kolkata, the largest selling English daily in east India, for eight years. His screenplay The Deaths of Ray was selected from India for the Binger Script Lab at the 2009 Locarno International Film Festival. Paanch Adhyay (Afterglow) was Pratim’s first feature film as writer-director.The 2012 romantic drama was selected as the Centrepiece Premiere at the South Asian International Film Festival in New York and was picked as the New Voice in Indian Cinema at the Mumbai International Film Festival. It also won the Best Film Award at Kalakar Awards, one of the oldest and most prestigious award ceremonies in India.

Black Freedom / India

LOGLINE

Black Freedom is a collection of five short stories woven in one film. It is dedicated to the memory of Saadat Hasan Manto. It’s about his dream of a sub-continent where people will still live as people, irrespective of religion, caste or color, where hatred shall stand abolished, where religion shall only ennoble those who follow it, not divide them into warring tribes. Sixty-five years after independence, Manto’s dream remains a dream…

The 5 short stories of Manto that the film is inspired from are Toba Tek Singh, Khol Do, Tetwaal Ka Kutta, Sharifan and The Last Salute.

Writer-director: Nitin Kakkar

After gaining experience as an assistant director for various Hindi movies, Nitin Kakkar made his directorial debut with the award-winning short film, Black Freedom (2004). Since then, he has worked on a number of television projects including Prayaschit, Jersey No 10, and CID. Nitin’s debut feature film Filmistaan received a Special Jury Mention during its World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival. Thefilm also won Nitin the Best Debut Director at the International Film Festival of Kerala and Jaipur film Festival

Delirium / India

LOGLINE

A story about six people and their manic missions…six specs of dust crisscross paths, ready to raise a storm in the endless city of Mumbai.

Writer/director: Abhijit Mazumdar

Abhijit Mazumdar is a Direction graduate from Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. He has made a number of short films, documentaries and commercials. His films have received both national and international awards. His latest medium-length film Vanishing Point is an official selection in Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013, Glasgow Short Film Festival (Competition Section “Adrift”) 2013, International Film Festival of India (Indian Panorama) 2012, International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kerala (Focus Section) 2012.

Betamax / India-US

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With the release of the first home video camcorder, a teenage Sikh boy and a squatter Punk girl become unlikely friends and filmmaking collaborators as London sits on the brink of race riots and a youth uprising in the summer of 1976.

Writer/director: Terrie Samundra

Terrie Samundra grew up between a rural village in India, a small farming town in Missouri, and the California coast. She is the director of the award-winning short films Kunjo and A Short Tale of Xuanand is co-writer of Pooja’s Honor, the first screenplay in The Ballad of Pooja trilogy. She is a Princess Grace Award recipient, a National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant recipient, and is currently the Head Programmer at the 2013 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

Tribhanga / India

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The film Tribhanga is a story of three women, from the same family, of three different generations. The lives of these three women overlap each other’s like concentric circles… each determining the shape of the other… each contributing to the other’s life in a very deep manner… each becoming the other’s strength in key times in their life. Their lives are like ‘Tribhanga’, the Odissi dance pose that is so disjointed, yet so beautiful, magical and mesmerising.

Writer/director: Renuka Shahane

Renuka Shahane has been an actress in Indian theatre, television and film for the past 25 years. Her work in television includes Lifeline, Surabhi, Circus, Imtihaan, Sailaab, Close-up Antakshari, Kora Kaagaz and the celebrity dance competition Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. In her film work, she is best known for the Bollywood blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Kaun? Her first feature as director was the critically acclaimed Rita for which she won Best director for a Marathi film at the 16th Nokia Star-Screen Awards 2010. She also received the Best Screenplay Award in Marathi Films competitive section of the 8th Pune International Film Festival.

Television / India

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Television is a story about three men – Vijay, who is about to get married and start a new life; Ravi, who wants best for his 3-year old son and must decide between his principals and the ways of world; and Malik, who is now retired and wants to live a peaceful life.

Unforeseen circumstances have put these three men at crossroads. They must decide what path to choose.

Writer/director: Kavanjit Singh

Kavanjit Singh is a screenwriter and director from Pune, India. Kavan started his film career at Whistling Woods, graduating in Film Direction. A former Infosys Project Manager with an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering, Kavan is pursuing his passion for cinema.

His short film Jagjeet has won nine Best Short Film Awards across the world.

Forgiven / India

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Amidst the socio political unrest of 1987 in Kerala, a rebellious daughter from an upper caste family and her impressionable young niece set into motion a series of events that lead to betrayal and a dramatic death. 16 years on, with the patriarch on his deathbed, the disintegrated family is forced to come together, re-visit their past and find forgiveness.

Writer-director: Neha Sinha

After studying Philosophy at Lady Shri Ram College and film at the National Institute of Design, Neha Sinha has worked as a documentary filmmaker and as art director at the advertising firm JWT. She has also been a creative assistant to adman Ram Madhvani on various commercials, including the Cannes Lions 2007-winning ‘Palace’ for Happydent White, and assisted Abhinay Deo on Aamir Khan Production’s acclaimed film Delhi Belly. Currently, she works with Siddharth Basu in Big Synergy where she develops content and fiction based TV shows. Forgiven is her first original screenplay.

Mumbai Mantra Media Ltd

Mumbai Mantra Media Ltd, the Media & Entertainment vertical of the Mahindra Group, is actively evaluating opportunities in content and infrastructure in the domestic as well as international media and entertainment space. Mumbai Mantra’s ‘Antaheen’, won 4 National Awards including Best Feature Film in 2009. It has also co-produced the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ directed by Julie Taymor. Several other films are in development.

Mumbai Mantra has also made a commitment towards providing a platform for independent voices in Indian cinema to champion an emerging generation of exciting film makers. The first step in this direction is the forging of a partnership with the renowned Sundance Institute founded by Robert Redford, for the establishment of the Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab which is planned to be an annual event in India, and the Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award to be awarded to 4 international film makers annually at Park City..www.mumbaimantra.com

Mahindra & Mahindra

Mahindra embarked on its journey in 1945 by assembling the Willys Jeep in India and is now a US $14.4 billion Indian multinational. It employs over 1,44,000 people across the globe and enjoys a leadership position in utility vehicles, tractors and information technology, with a significant and growing presence in financial services, tourism, infrastructure development, trade logistics and, recently, the entertainment industry.

The Mahindra Group has a long standing commitment to the arts and humanities. The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) were created to encourage both emerging and established theatre and celebrated its Sixth Anniversary in 2011. The Group’s encouragement and support to world music will be at its fore at the second annual Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai in February 2012 – the largest festival of its kind in Asia, showcasing the best international Blues artists and providing a common platform for emerging Indian Blues bands.

To encourage and support the ‘young and the unknown’ and to give back to the communities it operates in, has been the core of the Mahindra Group’s involvement in art and culture. www.mahindra.com

Sundance Institute Feature Film Program

Since 1981, the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program (FFP) has supported more than 600 independent filmmakers whose distinctive, singular work has engaged audiences worldwide. The program’s approach to the discovery and development of independent artists has become a model for creative development programs internationally. Program staff fully embraces the unique vision of each filmmaker, encouraging a rigorous creative process with a focus on original and deeply personal storytelling. Each year, up to 30 emerging filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world participate in a year-round continuum of support which can include the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Composers Lab, Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab, Creative Producing Summit, a Work-in-Progress Screening Initiative, a Screenplay Reading Series, the Feature Film Program Fund, offering direct financial support through named grants, awards, and artist fellowships, the Artist Services program, a new initiative providing strategic resources for crowd funding and digital distribution, and ongoing creative and strategic advice. In 2011, the FFP created the New Frontier Story Lab, supporting innovative artists developing projects across multiple platforms, emphasizing the convergence of storytelling and technology.

Over its 30-year history, the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program has supported an extensive list of award-winning and groundbreaking independent films. Notable films supported over the program’s history include Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, Josh Marston’s Maria Full of Grace, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, Walter Salles’ Central Station, and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, amongst others. www.sundance.org/featurefilm

Sundance Institute

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform and inspire, regardless of geo-political, social, religious or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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