Thursday, October 20, 2016

Meet the creative team of 'Anatomy of Violence' at Jio MAMI!

18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
October 20 - 27, 2016

Discovering India section 
Opening Film
 Deepa Mehta’s Anatomy of Violence
2016, India-Canada, 93 min, Hindi

 Friday, October 21 at 8:55 pm, PVR ICON 3
followed by Q&A session with 
Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry
 Workshop Director for 'Anatomy of Violence'
Chris McDonald 
President of Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival and market, and Jury member, International Competition, 2016 Jio MAMI Festival
           Interact with the dynamic team of Anatomy of Violence at the screening

Dr Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry is a Chandigarh based theatre artist. She has received multiple prestigious awards including the 2003 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the 2004 Shiromani Bhasha Vibhag Award of Government of Punjab. In 2011 the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri Award.
Dr Chowdhry has taught at Panjab University, Chandigarh and worked at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
With her theatre group called The Company she has produced numerous plays and staged them across many cities of the world including London, Perth, Los Angeles, etc. Her most recent work has been with the artists of the National School of Drama, Delhi.

Vansh Bhardwaj
is an Indian actor who has collaborated with Deepa Mehta on ‘Heaven on Earth’ (2008) and ‘Midnight’s Children’ (2012). His other work includes
Dilip Mehta’s ‘Cooking with Stella’ (2009), ‘Punjab 1984’ (2014) directed by Anurag Singh and the recent Bollywood outing in Abhishek Chaubey’s ‘Udta Punjab’ (2016). Bhardwaj has conducted theatre workshops focusing on acting and body movement in school, colleges and universities. His group Holy Theatre was formed in 2003, and has since been engaged in promoting and popularising the use of theatre as a medium of communication for the welfare and upliftment of the society. Holy theatre has been performing various forms of street shows on burning social issues like the environment, Aids, female feticide, dowry, drugs and women empowerment.

Ramanjit Kaur is the artistic director at The Creative Arts, a theatre actor and a film actor and director who holds a master’s in instrumental music from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She has acted in Deepa Mehta’s ‘Heaven on Earth’(2008)  and‘Fire’ (1996) and in Samir Mahenich’s Indo-UK project ‘Anant’. Ramanjit’s journey as an actor started while she was still in school, when she was selected as a delegate for the International Children’s Film Festival. She has been a part of Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry’s theatre group The Company since she was fifteen and trained under her as an actress. This exciting collaboration with Dr Chowdhry has spanned almost 20 years, and resulted in lead roles for Ramanjit in almost all the productions, which have travelled all over India and International Festivals in UK (LIFT), France (Festival d’Avignon), Germany, Pakistan, Singapore, Japan, Australia, etc.

Suman Jha
 was born in a small village called Baliya in Madhubani, Bihar and went to the holy city of Varanasi, for further studies post his basic education in the village. It was here that the spirituality of the surroundings had a profound impact on him and led him to reflect on himself and his life. He then joined a theatre company, Nagri Natak Mandali  and realised that acting was his life’s calling. His first step was the play Dekh Tumhari Kashi and by the end of that year he had acted in 12 plays. After completing his graduation in 2013 Jha moved to Chandigarh for an MA in theatre at the Department of Indian Theatre. “Theatre has helped me enlarge my vision and has helped me understand different philosophical and technical dimensions of acting which in turn have transformed me as an actor and as a human being”, says Jha. ‘Anatomy of Violence’ is his debut film.

Mukti Ravi Das has conducted acting workshops with the aspiring artists across India, including Ekta School of Drama (Jammu and Kashmir), Athlete Art Group (Kerala), Mother Teresa Senior Secondary School (Delhi), Kala Niketan (Jharkhand), Five Sense Group (Mumbai) and many private schools.
He acted in the short film ‘Sound of Solitude’ directed by Gabbu, in the NDTV production ‘Chhupa Rustam’ and in the short film ‘9/11’ made by India TV.
 He has two upcoming film projects that he has acted in ‘One Last Time’ directed by Mohinder Pratap Singh and ‘Arthpurush’ directed by Abhinau Aditya

Mahesh Saini was born and brought up in a village called Garhkhera in Faridabad, Haryana. He has a BSc, a master’s in Hindi Literature, and a diploma in acting from National School of Drama, New Delhi and is one of the founder members of Brij Nat Mandli, Faridabad (a non-profit organization for theatre and culture). Saini has worked with various theatre groups across the country and acted in more than 45 plays directed by various national and international directors. Anatomy of Violence is his debut film.  


The director Deepa Mehta could not be present in Mumbai for personal reasons 

2nd screening of  'Anatomy of Violence'
Monday, October 23,t 2:30 pm, PVR Phoenix, Audi 4

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