Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar and Anuraadha Tewari present nuances of Indian filmmaking to packed audiences at two-day workshop ‘Ticket2Bollywood’ in New York

Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar and Anuraadha Tewari present nuances of Indian filmmaking to packed audiences at two-day workshop ‘Ticket2Bollywood’ in New York

October 08, 2012, New York: More than 150 people gathered at the Dream Downtown Hotel during the weekend to glean “insider” information about directing, producing, writing, and financing Bollywood films from A-list Indian filmmakers Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar, and screenwriter Anuraadha Tewari. Presented by Dar Motion Pictures (a division of DAR Media Pvt. Ltd.) and Mumbai and New York based Molecule Communications and supported by Vikram Chatwal the two-day educational conference titled Ticket2Bollywood was themed Bollywood: Beyond the Song and Dance. The event provided a platform for aspiring and established actors, directors, and producers to learn how they could potentially break into Bollywood.

“So many Bollywood directors are choosing to shoot their films abroad, whether in New York or other major cities around the world,” says Kiren Shrivastav, Director and CEO of Molecule Communications. “These filmmakers are always looking for local talent, production crews, writers, directors, and music composers to give their films an international flare and perspective. Bollywood has truly gone global, and the main agenda for this conference is to make the non indians aware about how much the Indian film industry impacts the world’s economy.”

The roster of powerhouse Bollywood “household” names at the conference included:

Imtiaz Ali: Nominated for Best Director for recent super hit Rockstar (Ranbir Kapoor) and 2007’s Jab We Met (Shahid Kapur & Kareena Kapoor). Ali also directed Love Aaj Kal and Socha Na Tha. Most recently, Ali wrote the script for Cocktail (Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone).
Zoya Akhtar: FilmFare Award for Best Director for Zindagi Na Milege Dobara (Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif). Also directed Luck by Chance (Konkana Sen Sharma) and writer of soon-to-be-released Taalash (Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, and Kareena Kapoor).
Anuraadha Tewari: Gold Medalist for Direction from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and script writer of Fashion, Jail, and Heroine.

Local New York talent who participated in the conference included: music composer Wayne Sharpe, DJ Rekha, Vikram Chatwal, Nandana Sen, and Melanie Kannokada, just to name a few.

Commenting on the event and the association with Molecule, Shahnaab Alam, Commissioning Producer, DAR Motion Pictures, said; “At DAR, right from our inception, we have been a firm believer in the globalization of Indian content and are confident that events such as Ticket2Bollywood will most definitely go a long way in enhancing awareness about Indian cinema and its nuances amongst both Diaspora and non-Diaspora audiences.

“ DAR MOTION PICTURES has always endeavored to move forward with high quality content in cinema and has encouraged new thoughts. All the speakers in the very first edition of Ticket2Bollywood are the ones who have established their own language of cinema very successfully. It is heartening to see these new industry leaders sharing their thoughts, which define the contemporary Indian cinema,” Shahnaab added

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About DAR Motion Pictures DAR Motion Pictures, a fully owned subsidiary of DAR Capital, operates a fully integrated production and distribution model, backed by strong in-house, institutional and partner-driven financial capabilities. DAR aspires to team up with and collaborate with likeminded entities to generate, promote and distribute bench-mark creative ventures. These include long-term creative and business partnerships with Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd. (AKFPL), Sudhir Mishra, Nikhil Advani to name a few. This apart, the company has also acquired a significant equity stake in iRock Media, a young film development and production company that is focused towards developing youth-oriented and edgy commercial content.

Apart from producing mainstream cinema DAR has branched out into other spheres of production, such as introducing the latest technology innovations like 3D in mainstream commercial cinema. DAR strongly believes in the crossover potential of Indian cinema reflected in several international co-productions currently under execution.

DAR has till date produced, marketed and/or released movies such as ‘City of Gold’, ‘Lalbaug Parel’, ‘Haunted 3D’ – India’s first stereoscopic 3D movie, ‘Teecha Baap Tycha Baap’, ‘Dangerous Ishq’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, amongst others. DAR Motion Pictures upcoming slate includes ‘Peddlers’, ‘D-Day’, ‘Dolly Lahore Mein’, ‘Driver’, ‘Ugly’, ‘Monsoon Shootout’, ‘Lunchbox (Dabba)’, ‘Haramkhor’, ‘Mickey Virus’, ‘The Phone Thief’, ‘Sindh, Gujarat, Maratha’ and ‘Haunted 2 (3D).

About Molecule Communications

Molecule Communications based in Mumbai and New York is a Event Management , Public Relations company and is now venturing into Film Production. From Big Ticket Events to unique out of the box promotional strategies. Molecule Communications is adept in providing all round solutions and strategies for any brand or brand related exercises. The team is well endowed to strategize and execute promotional and marketing related activities of any scale. The core philosophy of the team includes the protection of organization’s reputation, enhance its prestige and present a favorable image.

For Further details please contact:

Harshad Mishra: 9768282000

Preeti Koppikar: 9820007032

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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