Friday, April 15, 2011

TIFF and IIFA’s summer tribute to Raj Kapoor

On June 26, The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) will honour Raj Kapoor and the extraordinary film legacy he built in the name of his legendary father, Prithviraj Kapoor.

At this event, a choice 15 Raj Kapoor feature films will be screened.  The Tribute will run for six weeks at the new TIFF cinema house and art gallery, the BELL Lightbox, which is now the permanent home of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Noah Cowan, Artistic Director of TIFF, was in  Mumbai last week to meet the Press and announce the Gala Tribute being paid to Raj Kapoor and his legacy in Toronto.  The media meet was attended by Raj’s sons Randhir, Rishi and Rajiv Kapoor.  The family extended their appreciation of TIFF and IIFA honouring Raj Kapoor and said they will be in Toronto to extend their presence and support to the honour being paid to their celebrated family patriarch.

With a career spanning over five decades, Raj Kapoor achieved phenomenal success and became the youngest director of his time at age 24 when he opened his own studio, RK Films.

Memorabilia from Raj Kapoor films – such as costumes, cut-outs and props used in the making of his films -  will be on display in the TIFF Bell Lightbox gallery. Paintings inspired by Raj Kapoor films by acclaimed Goa-based artist Seema Sardesai‘s  will be showcased at this event..

The Gala opening on the 26th will be hosted by acclaimed director Karan Johar


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Monday, April 11, 2011

Amitabh Bachchan feted at Krakow’s on-going International Film Festival 'Off Plus Camera'

Amitabh Bachchan
is a very special guest at the OFF PLUS CAMERA 2011 being held in Krakow, Poland over April 8 to 17. Poland loves Indian cinema and Bollywood in particular. So, Bachchan’s presence in Krakow is a matter of esteem and pride for the festival and for the country. In his honour, Bachchan’s acclaimed film Black (2005) is being screened at the festival along with Govind Nihalani’s Dev (2004).

Amitabh Bachchan had accepted Krakow’s invitation extended to him last year but he was unable to take the flight because of the Icelandic volcano which had paralysed air traffic in 2010. A year later, he has once again accepted the festival’s renewed invitation. He is in Poland now accompanied by his wife Jaya Bacchan and his daughter Shweta. Joining the group is Wing Commander Ramesh Pulapaka, the CEO of AB Corps.

Amitabh Bachchan will also meet the festival participants in the STU Theatre in Krakow during a poetry evening, where he will present the poems of his late father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, who died in 2003. Amitabh Bachchan is a great advocate of his father's writings internationally, having presented them already in New York and Paris. His reading of the poems of his father were recorded and published as an album “Bachchan Recites Bachchan” in 1979.

On the festival's April 12th gala, Amitabh Bachchan is a prized member of the audience who will hear the vocal artist Michael Rudas.

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