Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cinema Read! extracts from the latest issue of Film India Worldwide

Cinema Modern
The Story of Navketan
Sidharth Bhatia
Published by Harper-Collins
168 pages  999 Rupees (Hardbound)

Navketan is the name of the renowned studio  established by veteran actor/producer Dev Anand. This book, through the growth of this studio, spans a crucial phase in the Indian film industry, from its early, post-independence b&w phase to the music-filled colourful cinema of the '60s and '70s. It looks at the founding of Navketan in 1949, and describes how it became the training ground and home for many directors, producers, composers and technicians. The studio also launched several actors who became big stars. Quite a few landmark films in Indian cinema were made at Navketan, Chetan Anand's Taxi Driver (1954 classic) and the cult film by Dev Anand, Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) to the all-time entertainers, Vijay Anand's Jewel Thief (1967) and  Guide (1965). The author, a journalist with 15 years of experience, has used unique illustrations and photographs from Navketan’s films and interviewed several film professionals. His thorough research has brought to light creative partnerships. A regular contributor to newspapers and a commentator on TV, author Bhatia was awarded the Press Fellowship to Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1990 and was made an associate Fellow of this college in 2001.

Is it all about Hips?
Around the World with Bollywood
Sangita Shresthova 
Published by SAGE
268 pages  450 Rupees (Paperback)

The first comprehensive book on Bollywood dance culture, this entertaining book traces Bollywood dances as they are interpreted, created, and produced in three regions: Mumbai (India), Kathmandu (Nepal), and Los Angeles (USA). 
In this enterprising work, Sangita Shresthova brings alive the world of Bollywood dance through the chronicling and analyses of live performances, dance classes, film spectatorship and personal narratives. With a foreword by actor Kabir Bedi, the book includes topics such as ‘Dancing through the Decades: A Bit of Theory and History’, ‘Bombay and the Bodies of Bollywood Dance’, and ‘Under Bollywood’s Big Umbrella?’  Sangita Shresthova is currently the Research Director of the Media Activism and Participatory Politics Project (MAPP) at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She is a dancer and media artist who holds a PhD from the Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA. She earned an MSc degree from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program where she focused on Hindi film dance.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cinema Read: extract from Film India Worldwide latest issue

The Mad Tibetan – Stories From Then And Now
Deepti Naval
Published by Amaryllis, an imprint of Manjul Publishing
170 pages   395 Rupees (Hardbound)

Acclaimed actor, poet, painter and photographer Deepti Naval's new book, The Mad Tibetan - Stories From Then And Now was launched by Amitabh Bachchan at a star studded event held recently in October this year. Her book is a compendium of eleven stories. Naval made her debut with the movie, Ek Bar Phir in 1979 and featured in a string of hits like Chashme Buddoor, Kamla, Mirch Masala, Ankahi, Main Zinda Hoon and Panchvati. A multi-faceted persona, Naval is a photographer, painter, poet and women`s rights activist. She manages a trust for the education of the girl child. Naval says she owes the book to her parents. Her mother introduced her to the art of story telling, filling her up with stories from Myanmar. Her father taught her to sit still and get it “write". The writer says she began to work on the stories “one-and-a-half years ago".

Deep Focus - Reflections on Cinema
Satyajit Ray
Edited by Sandip Ray
with an Introduction by
Shyam Benegal
218 pages  450 Rupees(Hardbound)

Satyajit Ray is acknowledged as one of the world’s finest filmmakers. His films, from Pather Panchali in the mid-1950s to Agantuk in the 1990s, changed the way the world looked at Indian cinema. But Ray was not only a filmmaker. He was also a best-selling writer of novels and short stories, and possibly the only Indian filmmaker who wrote prolifically on cinema. This book brings together, for the first time in one volume, some of his most cerebral writings on film. With the economy and precision that marked his films, Ray writes on the art and craft of cinema, pens an ode to silent cinema, discusses the problems in adapting literary works to film, pays tributes to contemporaries like Godard and Uttam Kumar, and even gives us a peek into his experiences at film festivals, both as a jury member and as a contestant. Published in association with the Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Films, and including fascinating photographs by and of the master, Deep Focus not only reveals Ray’s engagement with cinema but also provides an invaluable insight into the mind of a genius. Satyajit Ray (1921–92) was one of the greatest filmmakers of his time. His first film Pather Panchali (1955) won an award at the Cannes Film Festival and established his reputation as a major director. Over the next forty years, he made a number of films, many of which went on to be acknowledged as all-time classics. He is the only Indian to receive the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. He was also awarded the Bharat Ratna. His other writings on cinema include Our Films Their Films and Speaking of Films, both bestsellers.