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Bob Dylan to be honoured as 2015 Musicares Person of the Year

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Well-known American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan will be honoured as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year in Los Angeles on Febrary 6, 2015, two days before the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
 
Neil Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation, Board, announced that proceeds from the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert will provide essential support for MusiCares,which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
 
Performers at the tribute concert will include Grammy winners Beck; the Black Keys; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; John Mellencamp; Willie Nelson; Bonnie Raitt; Eddie Vedder; Jack White; and Neil Young; as well as singer/songwriter John Doe. 
 
Three-time Grammy-winning producer and recent Emmy winner Don Was will be the evening's musical director, a press release from the Recording Academy said.
 
"In celebrating the 25th anniversary of our MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, it is most fitting that we are honoring Bob Dylan, whose body of creative work has contributed to America's culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways," said Portnow.
 
"Bob Dylan's songwriting ability is unmatched, and it will be an extraordinary evening to hear his work showcased by such a remarkable group of artists," said Silva.
 
The 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert by renowned musicians. 
 
The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week. The celebration culminates with the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
 
The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments and medical expenses. It also offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects.
 
Established more than 20 years ago by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. 
 
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Geetu Mohandas' Liar's Dice chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars

Geetanjali Thapa and Manya Gupta in a still from the film, Liar's Dice
Geetanjali Thapa and Manya Gupta in a still from the film, Liar's Dice
Hindi film Liar's Dice, directed by well-known Malayalam actress and filmmaker Geetu Mohandas, has been selected as India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards, or Oscars as they are popularly called.
 
The film was selected by a jury of 12 members constituted by the Film Federation of India (FFI), chaired by eminent director T Hariharan.
 
A press release from FFI said the jury, comprising an eclectic mix of film professionals representing various crafts and languages, saw as many as 30 films before submitting its recommendation to FFI Vice-President C Kalyan.
 
The road drama film is about a young woman, Kamala (Geetanjali Thapa), who embarks on a journey to Delhi from her small village in the mountains in Himachal Pradesh, along with her three-year-old daughter (Manya Gupta) in search of her missing husband.
 
Along the way, she encounters an army deserter (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who decides to accompany them to their destination.
 
Geetu Mohandas
Geetu Mohandas
The film had won two awards at the 61st National Film Awards 2013 -- Best Actress for Thapa and Best Cinematographer for Rajeev Ravi, her husband.
 
Mohandas, 33, had written the script of the film much before her debut short movie Kelkunnundo, but could not raise the finance, partly because of the unusual storyline and the then relatively unknown cast. After the success of Kelkunnundo at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), she managed to get a project development grant of €10,000 from the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. Eventually the film was co-produced by her own production company, Unplugged, and Jar Pictures. 
 
Born Gayathri Mohandas and popularly called Geetu, she has acted in more than 30 films in Malayalam and Tamil after making a memorable debut as a child artiste in 1986 in Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare. 
 
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YuppTV launches Sun TV Network channels for audiences in UK, Europe

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Yupp TV, an over-the-top (OTT) content player for South Asian content, live TV and on-demand movies, has launched channels of the Sun TV Network for viewers in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.
 
A press release from the company said it would now offer the network's offerings in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada for viewership in the UK and across Europe. 
 
The channels include Sun TV, K TV, Sun Music and Adithya TV in Tamil, Gemini TV, Gemini Comedy and Gemini Movies in Telugu, Surya TV and Kiran TV in Malayalam and Udaya TV in Kannada.
 
Mr. Uday Reddy, CEO of YuppTV said, “The Sun TV Network adds strength to our increasing spectrum of channels and this launch is indeed the most awaited by the UK and Europe audiences. The premium content we are offering to the viewers across the world continues to grow and expand in its scope as we add leading channels to our repertoire. This launch, we trust, will be the source of much pleasure to viewers across these regions.”
 
Yupp TV is an eight-year-old company with its headquarters in Atlanta, United States, and branch offices in the USA and India.
 
It delivers more than 200 TV channels, 4500 videos (daily), movies and live events to the six screens for video content consumption -- Connected TVs, Internet STBs, Smart Blu-ray players, PCs, Smart Phones and Tablets, the release added.
 
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Exhibition on indigenous printmaking opens at NGMA in Delhi

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An exhibition of graphic prints from the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), "Celebrating Indigenous Printmaking" began here today.
 
The exhibition was opened by Minister of State for Culture Shripad Naik, who said that this was the first time that such an extensive show on printmaking was being held.
 
He said the prints on display included many which had rarely been displayed before.
 
He pointed out that the art collection of the NGMA is vast and eclectic with more than 17,000 works, including a major collection of prints by iconic Indian printmakers. 
 
The exhibition showcases over 200 iconic prints of more than 100 eminent artists mapping the history of printmaking from the colonial period till the contemporary times. 
 
A special section has been dedicated to international prints from NGMA's own collection which were made in India by the respective artists. 
 
The exhibition along with its accompanying texts, journals and printmaking tools on display will benefit students, researchers and scholars to get an intimate understanding of printmaking practices, techniques and developments of the last two centuries in India, an official press release said.
 
NGMA would also be organising printmaking workshops under the guidance of noted printmakers of India along with regular screenings of documentary films on the art of printmaking in India, it said.
 
A set of three portfolios showcasing the prints of some of the iconic masters among other memorabilia produced by NGMA was also released. 
 
A documentary film made by noted filmmaker Bikram Singh would be screened at the NGMA auditorium daily at 11.00 am and 3.00pm.
 
The exhibition will be on view for the public from tomorrow.
 
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Eros International, Sajid Nadiadwala come together again for Housefull 3

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Film entertainment major Eros International Media Limited today announced its continued partnership with fillm producer Sajid Nadiadwala to release the third instalment of the comedy franchise Housefull.
 
"Following the unprecedented success of the first two in the series, Eros once again teams up with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment for the much awaited Housefull 3, directed by writer-turned-director duo Sajid-Farhad," a press release from the company said.
 
Jyoti Deshpande, Group CEO - Eros International Media Ltd said, “We share a special relationship with Sajid that goes back several decades and are excited to have Sajid back with us. What better film to start with than the third instalment of the hit franchise Housefull. It promises to be a star studded laugh riot shot lavishly in the UK, Sajid Nadiadwala style.”
 
Nadiadwala added, “I’m happy to team up with Eros once more for this very popular series. Housefull 3 will be bigger and funnier and we are confident together we will once again successfully present some wholesome entertainment to audiences worldwide”.
 
The film is slated for a 2015 release.
 
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Oommen Chandy presents Kerala Govt.'s special award to singer Yesudas

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy presenting a special award of the State Government to well-known singer K J Yesudas in Thiruvananthapuram on September 11, 2014.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy presenting a special award of the State Government to well-known singer K J Yesudas in Thiruvananthapuram on September 11, 2014.
Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy presented well-known singer K J Yesudas with a special award of the State Government for his contribution in diverse fields at a function here today
 
Mr Chandy said Dr Yesudas was the pride of the state not ony as a singer but also as a person who involves himself in various socio-cultural activities. 
 
State Rural Development Minister K C Joseph presided over the function. The award comprised Rs 1 lakh and a citation.
 
Dr Yesudas congratulated the state government for its bold decision to ban liquor in the state also for implementing the Sruthitharangam project in the state, through which many children get back their ability to speak and hear thorough cochlear implantation.
 
Mr Chandy said the project would be extended to all places. He said the project had been initially planned for 100 children but more than 300 children had benefited from it so far.
 
He said that all those who apply for the benefit would be included under the project. He said it was Dr Yesudas who had suggested the project and the Governmet had gone ahead with it.
 
Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, Mr Palode Ravi, MLA, the state Chief Secretary and others were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
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Eros Music to release sound track of Murugadoss’ Kaththi starring Vijay

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Film entertainment major Eros International Media Limited today announced its music label Eros Music's foray into Tamil music with the release of its first Tamil album, Vijay starrer Kaththi, directed by A. R. Murugadoss with music by Anirudh Ravichander. 
 
Eros Music will release the sound track of this coming action thriller, one of the most anticipated Tamil films of 2014, on September 18, a press release from the company said.
 
According to it, the soundtrack of Kaththi consists of an eclectic mix of singers and six tracks – soulful melodies to folk songs with Vijay himself lending his voice to one of the tracks, "Selfie pulla”.
 
Ms Soundarya A Rajinikanth, Director - Creative & Head Eros Digital for south India said, “We are very excited to associate with the Kaththi team to release the music of this much awaited film. This move marks Eros’ debut in the Tamil music market and what can be more auspicious than joining hands with the stalwarts of Tamil cinema – Murugadoss, Vijay sir and youth icon Anirudh."
 
"With this move, we are looking forward to leveraging our strength in exclusively exploiting Tamil music content across all formats," she added.
 
The audio launch event of the movie is scheduled to take place on September 18 in Chennai.  After the success of Thuppakki, Murugadoss and Vijay are working together once again. Produced by Ayngaran International and Lyca Productions, Kaththi is scheduled to release on Diwali.
 
With this announcement, in addition to owning music rights of its Bollywood line up, Eros Music will retain, exploit and monetize the music rights of Kaththi across physical and digital formats, the release added.
 
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Eros International, Raj & DK to co-produce films starting with Farzi

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Film entertainment major Eros International Media Ltd today said it would co-produce films with Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s D2R Films, including their next directorial venture Farzi. 
 
With this multi-film alliance, the director duo popularly known as Raj & DK will make their debut as producers in the Hindi film industry.
 
"The tie-up signifies a long term association between Eros and D2R Films for future projects with other directors as well," a press release from the company said.
 
Mr Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd, said, “Tying up with Raj and DK enforces our commitment to make more content driven films. They are a creative and dynamic duo who have gathered a following for their distinctive style of filmmaking. After collaborating together on Go Goa Gone and our forthcoming Happy Ending, we are excited about Farzi which promises to be very unique and thoroughly entertaining."
 
Raj & DK added, “Farzi is one of our favorite scripts and we can’t wait to work on it. Our experience with Eros has been wonderful for the last two films. They have always supported our vision and we are very happy to partner with them to produce films together.”
 
According to the release, Farzi will be a crime thriller with a dose of humour. Besides Shahid Kapoor in the lead, versatile actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has also been signed up for the film.
 
Raj & DK co-wrote the script with their long time partner Sita Menon and debutant, Suman Kumar.  The film will go on the floors at the end of this year and will primarily be shot in India, the release added.
 
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President releases set of eight commemorative stamps on Indian musicians

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President Pranab Mukherjee released a set of eight commemorative postage stamps on eight of the greatest music maestros of contemporary India at a function here today and said music was at the core of the country's cultural and secular heritage.
 
The stamps feature sitarists Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan,  vocalists Bhimsen Joshi, D.K. Pattammal, Mallikarjun Mansur, Gangubai Hangal and Kumar Gandharva, Ustad Vilayat Khan and sarod player Ali Akbar Khan. 
 
"As we pay tribute to eight of the greatest music maestros of contemporary India, we celebrate their life and work and their matchless legacy. These eight maestros are, without a doubt, among the tallest luminaries in the history of world music," Mr Mukherjee said on the occasion.
 
"They have not only achieved personal perfection but have made extraordinary contributions, in their respective fields, to the development and evolution of the schools of music in which their talents were nurtured and honed. Their contribution and its enrichment of our cultural heritage cannot be quantified or estimated. It is infinite in its resonance and their names will be mentioned with great reverence. Their music will be cherished by the young and old, for many decades to come," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee congratulated the Department of Posts for its initiative in bringing out these stamps. 
 
"As these travel, pasted on letters and parcels and as they are added to the collections of stamp collectors and music connoisseurs and as they are used by people across the continents, these stamps will inform and remind all who see them of a golden era in musical achievements, a high point in the history of shastriya sangeet in India," he said.
 
The President said that, at this juncture, when Indians as a people were  deeply involved with so many things, political processes and economic growth and development, while also facing the challenges of a globalized world, it was comforting and invigorating to pause and reflect on the country's unique cultural heritage. 
 
"Music, in its pure form, is spiritual nourishment for our souls. It is at the core of our cultural and secular heritage. Our classical music, which has its origin in the Vedas, is said to be a gift of God himself; it is Nadabrahma, the sound of God, the music that pervades the universe," he added.
 
 "Ours is a generation that had the privilege of knowing and witnessing the awe-inspiring performances of these eight brilliant artistes. Future generations will marvel at their genius. Many among us have been blessed with the opportunity to have personally known and experienced their uncommon prowess.
 
"I, personally, do fervently believe that the music of India in all its diversity is one of the greatest gifts to human civilization," he said.
 
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Eros International announces partnership with Home Cable Network

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Film entertainment major Eros International Media Ltd today announced the launch of a partnership between Home Cable Network Private Ltd, one of the largest multiple system operators (MSOs) in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), and ErosNow, its online entertainment service.
 
This subscription-based broadband streaming service will enable Home Cable Network’s customer base to view content from Eros’ library of films and music on multiple devices like smart-TVs, PCs, laptops, tablets and mobiles, a press release from the company said.
 
“ErosNow is the only unique online streaming service in the world to offer both current and classic Bollywood blockbusters, music videos and popular television shows. We are pleased to be partnering with a leading player like Home Cable and make our extensive film content available to their vast subscriber base. With this pairing we continue to extend the reach of ErosNow as a leading digital entertainment brand," Rishika Lulla, CEO, ErosNow said.
 
The release said that, as a dedicated online streaming entertainment service, ErosNow showcases premium Bollywood content through a catalogue of current and classic Bollywood films, TV shows and music. The ErosNow platform currently offers users thousands of new and catalogue movies from Eros as well as other major Bollywood studios, a large selection of premium television content syndicated from major TV studios as well as thousands of music videos and audio tracks.
 
Home Cable delivers high speed 50 Mbps as the default minimum speed to its broadband subscribers.
 
The streaming services will be offered at attractive monthly subscription prices with a base price for unlimited viewing of movies, the release added.
 
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Soundarya Rajinikanth joins Eros International as Director Creative & Strategy

Soundarya Rajinikanth
Soundarya Rajinikanth
Film entertainment major Eros International Media Limited has announced the appointment of Soundarya A Rajinikanth as Director Creative & Strategy for Eros and head of the company’s digital initiatives including ErosNow in south India. 
 
In her dual role, Soundarya will be spearheading Eros Digital across all the new media platforms including ErosNow, it’s on demand entertainment portal and lend her creative expertise to the company’s filmed content, a press release from the company said.
 
“We are delighted to welcome Soundarya to the leadership team at Eros. We are in an exciting phase in the company with significant progress in the digital space including ErosNow, mobile, DTH, IPTV and broadband. Soundarya’s experience in the digital domain makes her an ideal candidate to spearhead Eros’ digital strategy and make strategic inroads in South India," Jyoti Deshpande, Group CEO - Eros International Media Ltd said.
 
“I am very happy to get involved and be a part of the digital and creative processes at Eros.  Eros is an established global player with the advantage of a large content library and a vision to make quality content for the future. With a fantastic film slate lined up and such exciting digital opportunities, I am looking forward to bringing on board my experience with technology and creative inputs. With the growing south industry, its rich catalogue of content and a captive audience base, we are confident of driving further growth and making our presence felt strongly," Soundarya said.
 
Along with her new role at Eros, Soundarya will continue with her passion of directing films. She is presently scripting her next venture, to be produced by Eros, the release added.
 
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Rashtrapati Bhavan's In-Residence Programme to feature two artists, two writers in September

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The Rashtrapati Bhavan’s ‘In-Residence Programme’ will feature two artists -- Rahool Saksena and Pratap Sudhir Morey -- and two writers -- Yishey Doma Bhutia and Vempalli Gangadhar -- in September this year.
 
An official press release said the four, selected by an expert committee on the basis of a nationwide application process, will stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan from September 8 to 26.
 
Dr. Gangadhar, a writer in Telugu, was awarded theYuva Puraskar of Sahitya Academi in 2011 for his work Molakala Punnami. He has written many books and articles on issues of farmers, women and the drought prone area of Rayalaseema. 
 
Ms. Bhutia, winner of the Sikkim Sahitya Samman 2013, is a journalist and writer. Presently a copy editor with Sikkim Express, she has written several books including Legends of the Lepchas: Folktales from Sikkim; Sikkim: the Hidden Fruitful Valley; Sikkim A Traveller’s Companion; the Legacy Maker: Pawan Chamling’s Ideas that Shaped Sikkim, and so on.
 
Mr Saksena describes himself as an ‘artist of change’ who transforms everyday material into unexpected art forms.  He believes that this quest for transformation forms the core - a rock solid foundation for multiple possibilities. He became a full time artist after relinquishing a 15-year career in the corporate world with various MNCs.
 
Mr Morey is an artist who has received many awards.  His works have also been exhibited at various places in India and abroad.  The central idea of his work revolves around the body, urban space and the connection between both. Through his work, he addresses issues of redevelopment, displacement and radical growth of urban space. 
 
The ‘In-Residence’ Programme for writers and artists was launched by the President of India on December 11, 2013 with a view to encourage young and upcoming writers and artists by facilitating them to stay close to nature in the picturesque and serene surroundings of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The programme seeks to provide an environment which will inspire creative thinking and rejuvenate artistic impulses. 
 
Mr Jogen Chowdhary, MP (Rajya Sabha); former Keeper (Art), Rashtrapati Bhavan and Professor Emeritus of Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan was the first Artist In-Residence under the programme.
 
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ErosNow acquires worldwide rights to Zee TV premier TV content

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Film entertainment major Eros International Media Ltd has said that its on-demand entertainment portal ErosNow has acquired the worldwide rights of popular Zee TV shows. 
 
With this announcement, content from Zee will be available to ErosNow members with no extra subscription costs, a press release from the company said.
 
With a reach of more than 169 countries and access to more than 670 million viewers globally, Zee TV is the largest media franchise serving the South Asian diaspora.
 
"This partnership allows ErosNow to showcase Zee’s premier television content ranging from top rated serials and soaps to reality shows," the reease said.
 
The titles that will be available to subscribers include: Ek Mutti Aasmaan,         Pavitra Rishta, Fear Files, Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke, Jodha Akbar, Do Bandhe Ek Dori Se, Kumkum Bhagya, Qubool Hai, Aur Pyar Ho Gaya and        Armano ki Doli.
 
This would make ErosNow a one-stop destination for viewing quality Indian content online, the release said.
 
“We aim to provide a robust customer experience with an extensive content offering. We are thrilled to introduce prime television programming from Zee TV into our content mix," Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO, ErosNow said.
 
"Partnering with a leading television player like Zee for compelling content is a natural step to providing the very best of Indian entertainment to our consumers worldwide. We are very excited to bring these shows to the platform and are confident this content will be enjoyed worldwide on ErosNow," she added.
 
Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) said, “Zee has always been a leader in the media and entertainment space, having evolved from being a broadcaster to a content creator and aggregator. Our premium television content is enjoyed by a large global audience across diverse platforms, with a definitive surge in younger viewers who are more accustomed to consuming entertainment via digital platforms. It is therefore, a logical extension for us to make our popular programs available on leading online providers such as ErosNow. By partnering with ErosNow, we hope to capture viewers from around the world with the best shows from Zee’s library."
 
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Shripad Naik launches 60th anniversary celebrations of Lalit Kala Akademi

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Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Shripad Naik launched the year-long celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's national academy of art, here yesterday.
 
The academy was set up by the Government as an autonomous body on August 5, 1954 and is its apex cultural body in the field of visual arts in the country.
 
The academy consists of a General Council that comprises artists, art critics, architects, photographers, experts in folk, tribal and traditional arts, art administrators and representatives of various government organizations. 
 
The festivities commenced with an exhibition of works of art selected from the collection of the Akademi that show how artists have been viewing India in their own perspective. 
 
An installation ‘Secret Life of Memories’ consisting of photographic prints, videos and sounds of the cultural lineages of Tibet and Sikkim as well as some re-enactment of Kalimpong Tibetan Opera is also organised at Kaustubh Auditorium of the Lalit Kala Akademi. 
 
The installation has been conceived by Arghya Basu and Rajula Shah. Krishen Khanna, one of the senior most artists of the country and Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture were the guests of honour on the occasion. 
 
The inaugural function was followed by a musical concert by Abhay Rustum Sopori. The compositions which he presented were based on classical ragas and took the listeners on a journey of India. Mahua Mukherjee and her troupe performed ‘Gaudiya Nritya’, a classical dance from Bengal as a part of the celebrations. 
 
The festivities will be continue today with a dance performance titled ‘Nrutya Vitana’ visualised by Dinanath Pathy and choreographed by Meera Das. The performance discusses the inter-connectivity of various visual art forms. 
 
Tomorrow, R.S. Nanda Kumar and his troupe will present a dance performance titled ‘Rasonmeelana’ which will be an interpretation of the ideas of rasa in Indian poetics. 
 
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Jogen Chowdhury to be first artist-in-residence in Rashtrapati Bhavan

Jogen Chowdhury. Photo: Biswarup Ganguly (Wikimedia Commons)
Jogen Chowdhury. Photo: Biswarup Ganguly (Wikimedia Commons)
Well-known painter and Rajya Sabha member Jogen Chowdhury has been invited to be the inaugural artist to stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan under its "In-Residence Scheme for Writers and Artists".
 
Mr Chowdhury, 75, is Professor Emeritus of Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and former Keeper (Art) at Rashtrapat Bhavan (1972-87).
 
He will stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a period of 14 days beginning today, an official press release said. Several of his paintings already form part of the Rashtrapati Bhavan art collection.
 
The In-Residence Scheme for Writers and Artists was launched by President Pranab Mukherjee on December 11, 2013 with the aim of providing writers and artists an opportunity to stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan and be a part of the life of Rashtrapati Bhavan.  
 
The initiative is an attempt to encourage established as well as young and upcoming writers and artists by facilitating them stay close to nature in the picturesque and serene surroundings of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The programme seeks to provide an environment which will inspire creative thinking and rejuvenate artistic impulses.  Various activities like reading sessions, exhibitions of works of art and interaction with the residents of Rashtrapati Bhavan are also to be organized in consultation with the selected writers/artists under the scheme.
 
Mr Chowdhury has been elected to the Rajya Sabha as a candidate of the Trinamool Congress.
 
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Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan to launch Dilip Kumar’s biography

Actor Dilip Kumar and his actress wife Saira Bano
Actor Dilip Kumar and his actress wife Saira Bano
"Substance and Shadow", the biography of Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar will be launched here on June 9 by well-known actors Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.
 
The biography is written by author Uday Tara Nayar, who is also a close family friend of the veteran actor.
 
The book will be launched in the presence of Dilip Kumar, 91, his actress-wife Saira Banu Khan, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and Ms Nayar. 
 
The launch event is being arranged, managed and executed by Samara Productions, Astrus Talent and Event Management and MOH Entertainment. 
 
Glamsham.com is the Exclusive Digital Partner, Oye 104.8 FM is the Radio Partner while Zoom is the Channel Partner for Red Carpet coverage.
 
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I&B Ministry to release "India Film Guide" at Cannes Film Festival

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The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) will release an India Film Guide at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which will open today.
 
The guide, the first of its kind to be released at Cannes, is aimed at positioning India as a "filming destination" and has information on film policies, movies for sale and distribution.
 
The guide has exhaustive descriptions of the policy initiatives of the Ministry, its affiliated bodies; details of all India’s co-production agreements; all Indian films at Cannes and visiting Indian delegates; key databases pertaining to the sector and the winners of this year’s national awards.
 
An official press release said the resource book is expected to act as a catalyst in view of the branding of the India Pavilion, which will showcase Indian cinema across linguistic, cultural and regional diversity, with the aim of forging an increasing number of international partnerships in the realm of distribution, production, filming in India, script development and technology, and promoting film sales and syndication. 
 
The initiatives undertaken to promote co-production between stakeholders, viability of the Single Window Clearance mechanism and the possibility of enhanced cooperation within the domain of film archiving in the backdrop of the National Film Heritage Mission will be focus areas for interaction with foreign producers and organizations associated with the film industry.
 
"The India Pavilion aims to bring about substantial interest from the international community in exploiting India’s full potential as the largest film-making nation in the world. India has the most vibrant film sector and is currently occupying a significant space in the global arena. India produces over 1000 films in more than a dozen languages annually," the release said.
 
The India Pavilion will be will be inaugurated by Mr Bimal Julka, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Mr Arun K Singh, Indian Ambassador to France alongwith  Mr Jerome Paillard, Director, Marche du Film (the Cannes Film Market). 
 
Also expected to be present on the occasion is producer Uday Chopra, who is also one of the producers of the festival’s opening film, Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco. There will also be a  discussion and felicitation of Titli, India’s official selection at the festival along with the cast and crew including director Kanu Behl.
 
The release said the Ministry will be organizing interactive sessions with Indian and international film industry stakeholders at the India Pavilion. 
 
Some of the prominent speakers at the India Pavilion are expected to be  Dave Gibson, CEO, New Zealand Film Commission; Cindy Shyu, CEO Lighthouse Productions, China; Colin Burrows, CEO, Special Treats Productions; and crew members from Grace of Monaco, the opening film at the festival. 
 
The pavilion will also be showcasing trailers of recent Indian films and displaying brochures and other literature of Indian film companies.
 
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Megastar Rajnikanth is now on Twitter

Actor Rajnikanth in a still from his latest film Kochadaiyaan
Actor Rajnikanth in a still from his latest film Kochadaiyaan
Tamil film megastar Rajnikanth made his much-awaited debut on micro-blogging site Twitter today, marking his maiden foray into the digital space.
 
CA Media Digital’s first venture, Fluence, a celebrity digital network, will manage Rajinikanth’s digital interests to further create and leverage his  social media presence.
 
"Twitter users around the world can follow and converse live with India’s original superhero, superstar Rajinikanth by visiting Twitter.com/SuperStarRajini or @SuperStarRajini on their Twitter app," a press release from the company said.
 
Fans can also follow the actor's Twitter account by dialling, or giving a missed call at 080 6700 6666 to access his tweets, which is possible due to a global integration between Twitter India and ZipDial.
 
A cultural icon, the normally reticent superstar said he is looking forward to interacting with his fans on the platform.
 
“I have always believed that my career graph is a miracle I owe my fans. I have been contemplating joining the social media platform for a while to connect with them, hear what they have to say and share my thoughts.  Unfortunately I never got around to it until now. By partnering with Fluence I am confident that I have the best team and the best guides who will help me connect with my audience," he said.
 
"I decided to start with Twitter because I felt that the platform is abuzz with all the news and the trends that happen across the globe and I'm told that this is where all the best Rajini one liners are!” he added.
 
Mr Ashish Joshi, VP Digital & Business Head – Fluence said, “We are thrilled to partner with the enigmatic Rajinikanth. The digital landscape is exploding and when you work with Thalaivar the possibilities are endless. Twitter is the first step in building and growing his online presence and getting all the fans out there to directly engage with the phenomenon that is Rajinikanth. We will work closely with him to broaden the horizons of the digital landscape to create interesting and entertaining consumer facing properties that will engage the fans in a way that only Rajini sir can.”
 
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Twitter's India Market Director Rishi Jaitly said, "Twitter is the world's leading real-time information network where users discover and converse with the people, organizations and media that interest them. This is truly an 'only-on-Twitter' moment as Superstar Rajinikanth’s debut on Twitter also marks his debut in the digital space more generally. We welcome Rajinikanth to Twitter, are happy to support his launch on the platform and look forward to watching him use our mobile service to engage in live, public conversations with fans and other icons around the world."
 
To make Superstar Rajinikanth’s debut on Twitter more exciting; fans from all over the world, who follow him on twitter @SuperStarRajini in the first week, will receive a ‘WelcomeGraph’, a personalized welcome picture from the icon, the release added.
 
Fluence currently manages the digital life of many celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Sonu Nigam, Shaan and Karishma Kapoor which includes; their social media presence, their digital endorsements, online/mobile monetization and equity-linked investments in the digital space.
 
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Mukherjee says cinema is a vehicle of influence, persuasion for youth

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday pointed out that cinema, besides being a strong medium of expression, was a vehicle of influence and persuasion for the youth and said cinematic content of films should have a desirable impact on the social behaviour of people, especially the new generation.

Veteran film lyricist, director, screen writer and poet Gulzar with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013, presented by President Pranab Mukherjee, at the 61st National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on May 3, 2014.
Veteran film lyricist, director, screen writer and poet Gulzar with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013, presented by President Pranab Mukherjee, at the 61st National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on May 3, 2014.
President Pranab Mukherjee today pointed out that cinema, besides being a strong medium of expression, was a vehicle of influence and persuasion for the youth and said cinematic content of films should have a desirable impact on the social behaviour of people, especially the new generation.
 
"When our children witness scenes depicting violence and bloodshed, it does affect their psyche. It is incumbent on our film makers to make a concerted effort to distinguish between what clearly is an art form and what is not," he said after presenting the 61st National Film Awards.
 
"Faced with erosion of values in today’s context, cinema should play a catalytic role in resetting our moral compass. Our film makers should deploy their creative efforts to present and propagate core values such as patriotism, respect for women, compassion and tolerance, and honesty and discipline. I am hopeful that everyone associated with the film industry will use their talent, creativity and artistic pursuits to create meaningful and socially relevant cinema," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee congratulated the recipients of the awards, especially well-known lyricist and writer Gulzar, who was given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema for his outstanding contribution to the Indian film industry.
 
"His contribution to cinema, as a writer, poet and a film maker of rare sensitivity, has been tremendous. The nation has honoured him with a Padma Bhushan and Hollywood with an Oscar. The Dada Saheb Phalke award is yet another feather in his cap. We are proud of you, Mr. Gulzar," he said.
 
Noting that a record 470 entries were received for this year's awards, he said this was indicative of the growth of quality cinema in the country.
 
"The vibrant Indian film industry produces over 1000 films in more than a dozen languages annually. Our cinema is not only a showcase of the multicultural diversity of our country but is also a tribute to our linguistic richness. It is a national treasure and our country’s 'soft power' in the true sense of the term, forging international ties and connecting global horizons with ease," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said India’s media and entertainment industry was today at the cusp of a transformation. 
 
"It is poised to leapfrog into a completely digital landscape. Indian cinema connects with millions of people – within the country and abroad, directly through theatres, close to two thousand multiplexes and through TV as well as the Internet. In 2013, the Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry registered a growth of 11.8 per cent over 2012 and did a gross business of around Rs. 92,000 crore. The industry is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 14.2 per cent to touch Rs. 1.8 lakh crore by 2018," he said.
 
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He said technology and scientific advancements of this digital decade had thrown open the floodgates of opportunities. 
 
"However, it is the triumph of the human spirit and the building of real talent that will always define the cinematic progress. We need storytellers to tell us the stories; artistes to translate these stories into celluloid; content creators and content editors to make our stories slick and cinematographers to speak to our souls through images. As we embrace the future, we must continue to draw inspiration from the cinematic greats of India - Dadasaheb Phalke, Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Bimal Roy, Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, M.S. Sathyu, Girish Kasaravalli, Guru Dutt and many others who have been torchbearers within the country and on the world stage," he said.
 
He expressed happiness that more and more young filmmakers were entering the field of documentaries.
 
"Documentaries provide an opportunity to address contemporary social subjects, many of which have been long swept under the carpet on account of the discomforting questions they raise," he said.
 
In all, 40 awards will be given in the Feature Films category, 41 in the Non-Feature Films category and three awards in Best Writing on Cinema.
 
Highlights of the ceremony, held at Vigyan Bhavan here, included live performances by Rupankar and Bela Shinde, who bagged the awards for the Best Male Playback Singer and Best Female Playback Singer, respectively.
 
The award for the Best Feature Film went to Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi), produced by Recyclewala Films Pvt Ltd and directed by Anand Gandhi.
 
Well-known Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu, who has earned a name for himself in comic roles, and Hindi actor Rajkumar Rao jointly received the Best Actor Award in the Feature Films category.
 
Venjaramoodu won the award for his "dignified and quiet portrayal" of a man on the lower margins of the society in the film Perariyathavar. "His turmoil struggles and sufferings are soulfully brought out with subtle body language and eyes which transcend word," the citation said.
 
Rajkumar was chosen for the award for his portrayal of the intriguing journey of a Muslim youth who is persecuted in Shahid. "He rebels and ultimately comes back to fight the injustice as a committed law abiding lawyer. Raj Kumar brings to life the soul of Shahid," the announcement said.
 
Shahid, which traces the true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer, Shahid Azmi, in the backdrop of communal violence in Mumbai, also won for Hansal Mehta the award for Best Director. 
 
"The story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rise above his circumstances. It is an inspiring testament to the human spirit," the citation said.
 
Geetanjali Thapa won the Best Actress Award for her role in Liar's Dice (Hindi)
 
"If ever an actress could merge completely into a role and look the character to perfection, it is Geetanjali Thapa. Her searching eyes and vulnerability are breath taking," the jury said.
 
The film tells the story of an unusual photographer, an erudite Jain monk and a young stock broker in different segments which finally unites them through a strange circumstance. In the process the film depicts issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of contradictions.
 
The Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director went to Fandry (Marathi) directed by Nagraj Manjule.
 
The award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment was given to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi), directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, for retaining the story and values of the great athlete, Milkha Singh, and translating it into the cinematic medium with aplomb.
 
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Thalaimuraigal (Tamil), directed by Balu Mahendra, was given the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
 
Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha was given the Award for the Best Film on Social Issues.
 
Malayalam film Perariyathavar, directed by Dr Biju, was in the limelight again when it won the award for the Best Film on Environment Conservation.
 
The award for Best Children's Film was given to Kaphal (Hindi), directed by Batul Mukhtiar.
 
Saurabh Shukla was given the Best Supporting Actor award for Jolly LLB (Hindi), while Amruta Subash got the award for Best Supporting Actress for Astu (Marathi) along with Aide El-Kashef for Ship of Theseus.
 
The Best Child Artiste award was shared by Somnath Avghade (Fandry-Marathi) and Sadhana ( Thanga Meengal-Tamil).
 
The following are the other awards:
 
BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Rupankar - Jaatishwar (Bengali) - for the song E Tumi Kemon Tumi
BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Bela Shende - Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi) - for the song Khura Khura
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rajeev Ravi - Liar's Dice 
BEST SCREENPLAY: 
i)  Screenplay Writer      (Original) : P. Sheshadri - December I (Kannada)
ii)  Screenplay Writer (Adapted) : Panchakshari - Prakruti (Kannada)
iii)  Dialogues :Sumitra Bhave - Astu (Marathi)
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY:
i)    Location Sound Recordist: Nihar Ranjan Samal - Madras Café (Hindi)
ii)   Sound Design: Bishwadeep Chatterjee -  Madras Café (Hindi) 
iii)  Re-recordist of the final mixed track: D Yuvaraj - Swapaanam (Malayalam)
BEST EDITING: V J Sabu Joseph -  Vallinam (Tamil)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi, Parichit Paralkar - Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER: Sabarni Das - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST: Vikram Gaikwad - Jaatishwar (Bengali) (for the make-up of actor Prasenjit)
BEST  MUSIC DIRECTION:
i)       Songs: Kabir Suman - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
ii)      Background Score: Shantanu Moitra - Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu)
BEST LYRICS: Na. Muthukumar for the lyric Ananda Yaazhai - Thanga Meengal (Tamil)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Yellow (Marathi) & Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Intermezzo Studio and Alien Sense Films Pvt Ltd - Jal (Hindi)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Ganesh Acharya for Maston ka Jhund - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)
 
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
 
ASSAMESE: Ajeyo
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BENGALI: Bakita Byaktigato
HINDI FILM: Jolly LLB
KANNADA: December 1
KONKANI: Baga Beach
MALAYALAM: North 24 Kaadham
MARATHI: Aajcha Diwas Majha
TAMIL: Thanga Meengal
TELUGU: Na Bangaaru Talli
 
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED OTHER THAN SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
 
ENGLISH: The Coffin Maker
KHASI: Ri
SHERDUKPEN: The Crossing Bridges
 
SPECIAL MENTION
Yellow (Marathi): Gauri Gadgil, Sanjana Rai
Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu): Anjali Patil
 
NON-FEATURE FILMS
 
BEST NON FEATURE FILM: Rangbhoomi (Hindi), Producer : Films Division,  
Director : Kamal Swaroop
BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: Kanyaka (Malayalam), Producer : Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Director : Christo Tomy
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION: The Last Adieu
(English), Producer : Films Division, Director : Shabnam Sukhdev
BEST ARTS /CULTURAL FILM: The Lost Behrupiya (Hindi) and O Friend, This Waiting ! (English, Telugu)
BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FILM: The Pad Piper (English)
BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM: Chasing The Rainbow (English) and Kush
(Hindi)
BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM  INCLUDING AGRICULTURE: Foresting Life
(Hindi, Assamese)
BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi) 
BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM: The Quantum Indians (English)
BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM: Katiyabaaz (Hindi,Urdu,English)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD:  Ananthamurthy – Not A Biography…But A Hypothesis (English) and Tamaash (Kashmiri)
BEST SHORT FICTION FILM: Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES: Heyro Party (Bengali)
BEST DIRECTION: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue) Director: Pranjal Dua
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kavin Jagtiani, Reliance Media Works,  Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue)
BEST EDITING: Arjun Gourisaria - Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION: Anurag Saikia - Yugadrashta (Assamese)
BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER: Lipika Singh Darai - Kankee O Saapo
(Odia)
SPECIAL MENTION: Accsex (English, Hindi), Candles In The Wind
(Punjabi, Hindi), Dharmam (Tamil) and t the Cross Roads :  Nondon Bagchi Life and Living (English, Bengali)
 
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA
 
Best Book on Cinema: Cinema Ga Cinema (Telugu), Nandagopal
Best Film Critic: Alaka Sahani (English).
 
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Mukherjee to confer National Film Awards on May 3

Suraj Venjaramoodu in a still from the film Perariyathavar
Suraj Venjaramoodu in a still from the film Perariyathavar
President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the 61st National Film Awards at a ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan here on May 3.
 
In all, 40 awards will be given in the Feature Films category, 41 in the Non-Feature Films category and three awards in Best Writing on Cinema.
 
Eminent lyricist Gulzar to be given the 45th Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the Year 2013 at the ceremony, at which Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari will also be present.
 
Highlights of the ceremony will include live performances by Rupankar and Bela Shinde, who bagged the awards for the Best Male Playback Singer and Best Female Playback Singer, respectively.
 
The winners of the awards were announced on April 16.
 
The award for the Best Feature Film will go to Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi), produced by Recyclewala Films Pvt Ltd and directed by Anand Gandhi.
 
Well-known Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu, who has earned a name for himself in comic roles, and Hindi actor Rajkumar Rao have been jointly chosen for the Best Actor Award in the Feature Films category.
 
Venjaramoodu won the award for his "dignified and quiet portrayal" of a man on the lower margins of the society in the film Perariyathavar. "His turmoil struggles and sufferings are soulfully brought out with subtle body language and eyes which transcend word," the citation said.
 
Rajkumar was chosen for the award for his portrayal of the intriguing journey of a Muslim youth who is persecuted in Shahid. "He rebels and ultimately comes back to fight the injustice as a committed law abiding lawyer. Raj Kumar brings to life the soul of Shahid," the announcement said.
 
Shahid, which traces the true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer, Shahid Azmi, in the backdrop of communal violence in Mumbai, also won for Hansal Mehta the award for Best Director. 
 
"The story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rise above his circumstances. It is an inspiring testament to the human spirit," the citation said.
 
Geetanjali Thapa was chosen for the Best Actress Award for her role in Liar's Dice (Hindi)
 
"If ever an actress could merge completely into a role and look the character to perfection, it is Geetanjali Thapa. Her searching eyes and vulnerability are breath taking," the jury said.
 
The film tells the story of an unusual photographer, an erudite Jain monk and a young stock broker in different segments which finally unites them through a strange circumstance. In the process the film depicts issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of contradictions.
 
The Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director will go to Fandry (Marathi) directed to Nagraj Manjule.
 
The award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment will be given to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi), directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, for retaining the story and values of the great athlete, Milkha Singh, and translating it into the cinematic medium with aplomb.
 
Thalaimuraigal (Tamil), directed by Balu Mahendra, was chosen for the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
 
Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha was given the Award for the Best Film on Social Issues.
 
Rajkumar Rao
Rajkumar Rao
Malayalam film Perariyathavar, directed by Dr Biju, was in the limelight again when it won the award for the Best Film on Environment Conservation.
 
The award for Best Children's Film will be given to Kaphal (Hindi), directed by Batul Mukhtiar.
 
Saurabh Shukla was chosen for the Best Supporting Actor award for Jolly LLB (Hindi), while Amruta Subash got the award for Best Supporting Actress for Astu (Marathi) along with Aide El-Kashef for Ship of Theseus.
 
The Best Child Artiste award was shared by Somnath Avghade (Fandry-Marathi) and Sadhana ( Thanga Meengal-Tamil).
 
The following are the other awards:
 
BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Rupankar - Jaatishwar (Bengali) - for the song E Tumi Kemon Tumi
BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Bela Shende - Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi) - for the song Khura Khura
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rajeev Ravi - Liar's Dice 
BEST SCREENPLAY: 
i)  Screenplay Writer      (Original) : P. Sheshadri - December I (Kannada)
ii)  Screenplay Writer (Adapted) : Panchakshari - Prakruti (Kannada)
iii)  Dialogues :Sumitra Bhave - Astu (Marathi)
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY:
i)    Location Sound Recordist: Nihar Ranjan Samal - Madras Café (Hindi)
ii)   Sound Design: Bishwadeep Chatterjee -  Madras Café (Hindi) 
iii)  Re-recordist of the final mixed track: D Yuvaraj - Swapaanam (Malayalam)
BEST EDITING: V J Sabu Joseph -  Vallinam (Tamil)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi, Parichit Paralkar - Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER: Sabarni Das - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST: Vikram Gaikwad - Jaatishwar (Bengali) (for the make-up of actor Prasenjit)
BEST  MUSIC DIRECTION:
i)       Songs: Kabir Suman - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
ii)      Background Score: Shantanu Moitra - Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu)
BEST LYRICS: Na. Muthukumar for the lyric Ananda Yaazhai - Thanga Meengal (Tamil)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Yellow (Marathi) & Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Intermezzo Studio and Alien Sense Films Pvt Ltd - Jal (Hindi)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Ganesh Acharya for Maston ka Jhund - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)
 
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
 
ASSAMESE: Ajeyo
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BENGALI: Bakita Byaktigato
HINDI FILM: Jolly LLB
KANNADA: December 1
KONKANI: Baga Beach
MALAYALAM: North 24 Kaadham
MARATHI: Aajcha Diwas Majha
TAMIL: Thanga Meengal
TELUGU: Na Bangaaru Talli
 
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BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED OTHER THAN SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
 
ENGLISH: The Coffin Maker
KHASI: Ri
SHERDUKPEN: The Crossing Bridges
 
SPECIAL MENTION
Yellow (Marathi): Gauri Gadgil, Sanjana Rai
Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu): Anjali Patil
 
NON-FEATURE FILMS
 
BEST NON FEATURE FILM: Rangbhoomi (Hindi), Producer : Films Division,  
Director : Kamal Swaroop
BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: Kanyaka (Malayalam), Producer : Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Director : Christo Tomy
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION: The Last Adieu
(English), Producer : Films Division, Director : Shabnam Sukhdev
BEST ARTS /CULTURAL FILM: The Lost Behrupiya (Hindi) and O Friend, This Waiting ! (English, Telugu)
BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FILM: The Pad Piper (English)
BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM: Chasing The Rainbow (English) and Kush
(Hindi)
BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM  INCLUDING AGRICULTURE: Foresting Life
(Hindi, Assamese)
BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi) 
BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM: The Quantum Indians (English)
BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM: Katiyabaaz (Hindi,Urdu,English)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD:  Ananthamurthy – Not A Biography…But A Hypothesis (English) and Tamaash (Kashmiri)
BEST SHORT FICTION FILM: Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES: Heyro Party (Bengali)
BEST DIRECTION: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue) Director: Pranjal Dua
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kavin Jagtiani, Reliance Media Works,  Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue)
BEST EDITING: Arjun Gourisaria - Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION: Anurag Saikia - Yugadrashta (Assamese)
BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER: Lipika Singh Darai - Kankee O Saapo
(Odia)
SPECIAL MENTION: Accsex (English, Hindi), Candles In The Wind
(Punjabi, Hindi), Dharmam (Tamil) and t the Cross Roads :  Nondon Bagchi Life and Living (English, Bengali)
 
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA
 
Best Book on Cinema: Cinema Ga Cinema (Telugu), Nandagopal
Best Film Critic: Alaka Sahani (English).
 
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Dia Mirza announces engagement with Sahil Sangha

Sahil Sangha and Dia Mirza
Sahil Sangha and Dia Mirza
Bollywood actress and model Dia Mirza today announced that she was officially engaged to long-time friend Sahil Sangha, with whom she co-owns a production house, Born Free Entertainment.
 
"Officially engaged :)," she posted on micro-blogging site Twitter, along with a picture of them at IIFA.
 
Dia is a former Miss Asia Pacific International. 
 
Born Free Entertainment's first film was Love Breakups Zindagi. Their next film is Bobby Jasoos, starring Vidya Balan.
 
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Rani Mukherjee gets married to Aditya Chopra at quiet Italian wedding

Rani Mukherjee
Rani Mukherjee
Popular Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee today confirmed that she got married to Aditya Chopra, son of the late legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra and head of Yash Raj Films, at a quiet wedding in Italy last night.
 
"We are very happy to announce that Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukherjee got married last night on 21 April in Italy. The wedding was a very small intimate affair with very close family & friends. We wish the couple a very happy married life," a brief message posted on the 36-year-old actress's official Facebook page said.
 
The 36-year-old actress also put out a brief statement, confirming the wedding.
 
"I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years. 
 
"I know that all my well-wishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me. It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us," she said.
 
"The one person I missed terribly was Yash Uncle, but I know he was there with us in spirit and his love and blessings will always be with Adi and me. 
 
"I have always believed in fairy-tales and with God's grace my life has been exactly like one, and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life - the fairy-tale continues," she added.
 
Ms Mukherjee has starred in films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Black, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Bunty aur Babli and No One Killed Jessica. 
 
Mr Chopra, 42, has directed successful films such as Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Mohabbatein. He is a divorcee.
 
There was speculation about the relationship between the two for the past few years, but they never talked about it and were rarely spotted together.
 
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Fahad Faasil, Lal share Best Actor award in Kerala Film Awards

Fahad Faasil and Ann Augustine in a still from the movie Artist.
Fahad Faasil and Ann Augustine in a still from the movie Artist.
CR No. 89, directed by P P Sudevan, bagged the Best Film Award in the 46th Kerala State Film Awards announced here today by Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.
 
Anil Radhakrishnan's North 24 Kaatham was chosen as the second best film, while Shyamaprasad won the Best Director Award for Artist.
 
Fahad Faasil (Artist and North 24 Kaatham) and Lal (Ayaal and Zachariayude Garbhinikal) shared the Best Actor Award while Ann Augustine bagged the Best Actress award for her role in Artist.
 
Suraj Venaramoodu, who has won a name for himself in comic roles and who won this year's Best Actor award in the National Film Awards, was chosen the 
Best Comedian for his roles in Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus and Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum.
 
Several of this year's awards went to younger artistes, Mr Radhakrishnan pointed out.
 
The awards were finalised by a jury headed by well-known Tamil filmmaker Bharathi Raja.
 
The following is the list of awardees:
 
Best Film: CR No 89, Director: Sudevan
Second Best Film: North 24 Kaatham, Director: Anil C Radhakrishnan
Best Actor: Fahad Faasil (Artist and North 24 Kaatham), Lal (Ayal and Zachariayude Garbhinikal)
Best Actress: Ann Augustine (Artist)
Best Director: Shayamaprasad (Artist)
Second Best Actor: Ashok Kumar (CR No 89)
Second Best Actress: Lena (Left Right Left)
Best Child Artist: Sanoop Santhosh (Philips and the Monkey Pen), Baby Anika (5 Sundarikal)
Best Comedian: Suraj Venjaramoodu (Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus, Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum)
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Best Story: Aneesh Anwar (Zachariyayude Garbhinikal)
Best Screenplay: Bobby-Sanjay (Mumbai Police)
Best Cinematography: Sudeep Vasudevan (Ayaal)
Best Lyrics: Prabha Varma, Madhu Vasudev (Nadan)
Best Music Director: Ouseppachan (Ottakku Padunna Poonkuyile - Nadan)
Best Background Music Director: Bijibal (Balyakalasakhi)
Best Male Playback Singer: Karthik (Janmandarangalil - Orissa)
Best Female Playback Singer: Vaikom Vijayalakshmi  (Ottakku Padunna Poonkuyile - Nadan)
Best Film Editor: K. Rajagopal (Oru Indian Pranayakatha)
Best Art Director: M. Bava (Amen)
Best Sound Recordist: Harikumar
Best Colourist: Raghuraman (Ayaal) 
Best Makeup Artist: Pattanam Rasheed
Best Costume Designer:  Siji Thomas
Best Dubbing Artist: Ambooty (male), Sreeja Ravi (female)
Best Choreography: Kumar-Shanti
Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value: Drishyam, Director: Jeethu Joseph
Best Children's Film: Philips and the Monkey Pen, Directors: Rojin Thomas and Shanil Muhammed
Best Debut Director: K. R. Manoj (Kanyaka Talkies)
Special Jury Awards
Aneesh Anwar: Direction, (Zachariyayude Garbhinikal)
Suresh Unnithan: Direction (Ayaal)
Kalabhavan Shajon: Acting (Drishyam)
Sanusha: Acting (Zachariyayude Garbhinikal)
Mridula Warrier: Singing (Kalimannu)
Afzal Yusuf: Music Direction (Immanuel, God for Sale)
 
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Suraj Venjaramoodu, Rajkumar Rao share Best Actor prize at National Film Awards

Suraj Venjaramoodu in a still from the film Perariyathavar
Suraj Venjaramoodu in a still from the film Perariyathavar
Well-known Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu, who has earned a name for himself in comic roles, and Hindi actor Rajkumar Rao have been jointly chosen for the Best Actor Award in the Feature Films category at the 61st National Film Awards for 2013 announced here today.
 
Venjaramoodu won the award for his "dignified and quiet portrayal" of a man on the lower margins of the society in the film Perariyathavar. "His turmoil struggles and sufferings are soulfully brought out with subtle body language and eyes which transcend word," the citation said.
 
Rajkumar was chosen for the award for his portrayal of the intriguing journey of a Muslim youth who is persecuted in Shahid. "He rebels and ultimately comes back to fight the injustice as a committed law abiding lawyer. Raj Kumar brings to life the soul of Shahid," the announcement said.
 
Shahid, which traces the true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer, Shahid Azmi, in the backdrop of communal violence in Mumbai, also won for Hansal Mehta the award for Best Director. 
 
"The story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rise above his circumstances. It is an inspiring testament to the human spirit," the citation said.
 
Geetanjali Thapa was chosen for the Best Actress Award for her role in Liar's Dice (Hindi)
 
"If ever an actress could merge completely into a role and look the character to perfection, it is Geetanjali Thapa. Her searching eyes and vulnerability are breath taking," the jury said.
 
The award for the Best Feature Film went to Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi), produced by Recyclewala Films Pvt Ltd and directed by Anand Gandhi.
 
Rajkumar Rao
Rajkumar Rao
The film tells the story of an unusual photographer, an erudite Jain monk and a young stock broker in different segments which finally unites them through a strange circumstance. In the process the film depicts issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of contradictions.
 
The Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director was given to Fandry (Marathi) directed to Nagraj Manjule.
 
The award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment was given to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi), directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, for retaining the story and values of the great athlete, Milkha Singh, and translating it into the cinematic medium with aplomb.
 
Thalaimuraigal (Tamil), directed by Balu Mahendra, was chosen for the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
 
Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha was given the Award for the Best Film on Social Issues.
 
Malayalam film Perariyathavar, directed by Dr Biju, was in the limelight again when it won the award for the Best Film on Environment Conservation.
 
The award for Best Children's Film was given to Kaphal (Hindi), directed by Batul Mukhtiar.
 
Saurabh Shukla was chosen for the Best Supporting Actor award for Jolly LLB (Hindi), while Amruta Subash got the award for Best Supporting Actress for Astu (Marathi) along with Aide El-Kashef for Ship of Theseus.
 
The Best Child Artiste award was shared by Somnath Avghade (Fandry-Marathi) and Sadhana ( Thanga Meengal-Tamil).
 
The following are the other awards:
 
BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Rupankar - Jaatishwar (Bengali) - for the song E Tumi Kemon Tumi
BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Bela Shende - Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi) - for the song Khura Khura
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rajeev Ravi - Liar's Dice 
BEST SCREENPLAY: 
i)  Screenplay Writer      (Original) : P. Sheshadri - December I (Kannada)
ii)  Screenplay Writer (Adapted) : Panchakshari - Prakruti (Kannada)
iii)  Dialogues :Sumitra Bhave - Astu (Marathi)
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY:
i)    Location Sound Recordist: Nihar Ranjan Samal - Madras Café (Hindi)
ii)   Sound Design: Bishwadeep Chatterjee -  Madras Café (Hindi) 
iii)  Re-recordist of the final mixed track: D Yuvaraj - Swapaanam (Malayalam)
BEST EDITING: V J Sabu Joseph -  Vallinam (Tamil)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi, Parichit Paralkar - Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER: Sabarni Das - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST: Vikram Gaikwad - Jaatishwar (Bengali) (for the make-up of actor Prasenjit)
BEST  MUSIC DIRECTION:
i)       Songs: Kabir Suman - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
ii)      Background Score: Shantanu Moitra - Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu)
BEST LYRICS: Na. Muthukumar for the lyric Ananda Yaazhai - Thanga Meengal (Tamil)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Yellow (Marathi) & Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Intermezzo Studio and Alien Sense Films Pvt Ltd - Jal (Hindi)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Ganesh Acharya for Maston ka Jhund - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)
 
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
 
ASSAMESE: Ajeyo
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BENGALI: Bakita Byaktigato
HINDI FILM: Jolly LLB
KANNADA: December 1
KONKANI: Baga Beach
MALAYALAM: North 24 Kaadham
MARATHI: Aajcha Diwas Majha
TAMIL: Thanga Meengal
TELUGU: Na Bangaaru Talli
 
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED OTHER THAN SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
 
ENGLISH: The Coffin Maker
KHASI: Ri
SHERDUKPEN: The Crossing Bridges
 
SPECIAL MENTION
Yellow (Marathi): Gauri Gadgil, Sanjana Rai
Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu): Anjali Patil
 
NON-FEATURE FILMS
 
BEST NON FEATURE FILM: Rangbhoomi (Hindi), Producer : Films Division,  
Director : Kamal Swaroop
BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: Kanyaka (Malayalam), Producer : Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Director : Christo Tomy
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION: The Last Adieu
(English), Producer : Films Division, Director : Shabnam Sukhdev
BEST ARTS /CULTURAL FILM: The Lost Behrupiya (Hindi) and O Friend, This Waiting ! (English, Telugu)
BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FILM: The Pad Piper (English)
BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM: Chasing The Rainbow (English) and Kush
(Hindi)
BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM  INCLUDING AGRICULTURE: Foresting Life
(Hindi, Assamese)
BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi) 
BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM: The Quantum Indians (English)
BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM: Katiyabaaz (Hindi,Urdu,English)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD:  Ananthamurthy – Not A Biography…But A Hypothesis (English) and Tamaash (Kashmiri)
BEST SHORT FICTION FILM: Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES: Heyro Party (Bengali)
BEST DIRECTION: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue) Director: Pranjal Dua
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kavin Jagtiani, Reliance Media Works,  Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue)
BEST EDITING: Arjun Gourisaria - Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION: Anurag Saikia - Yugadrashta (Assamese)
BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER: Lipika Singh Darai - Kankee O Saapo
(Odia)
SPECIAL MENTION: Accsex (English, Hindi), Candles In The Wind
(Punjabi, Hindi), Dharmam (Tamil) and t the Cross Roads :  Nondon Bagchi Life and Living (English, Bengali)
 
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA
 
Best Book on Cinema: Cinema Ga Cinema (Telugu), Nandagopal
Best Film Critic: Alaka Sahani (English).
 
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Renowned lyricist, director Gulzar chosen for Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Gulzar
Gulzar
Renowned Hindi film lyricist, director, screenplay writer, producer and poet Gulzar has been chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013 -- the top honour in Indian cinema -- for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the industry.
 
Gulzar is the 45th winner of the award, which is conferred annually by the Government of India on the basis of the recommendations of a committee of eminent persons. This year's award was decided by a seven-member jury, consisting of eminent artistes, who unanimously recommended Gulzar for the coveted award, an official press release said.
 
Gulzar is the pen name of Sampooran Singh Kalra, who was born on August 18, 1934 in Punjab in pre-partition India. He started his career in 1956. As a lyricist, he got his first break in Bimal Roy’s ‘Bandini’. He has worked with leading music directors including Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik, and Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy. He has had outstanding partnerships with Rahul Dev Burman, A. R. Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj. 
 
Along with lyrics, he has also contributed to several films as script, story and dialogue writer. Films directed by Gulzar have won numerous awards and critical acclaim. Among them are ‘Mere Apne’, ‘Koshish’, Áandhi’ ‘Kinara’, ‘Khushboo’, Ángoor’, ‘Libaas’,  ‘Meera’, ‘Lekin’and ’Maachis’. 
 
He has worked on the small screen as well and created outstanding series like ‘Mirza Ghalib’ and ‘Tahreer Munshi Premchand ki’. He wrote lyrics for several Doordarshan serials including ‘Hello Zindagi’, ‘Potli Baba ki’ and ‘Jungle Book’. 
 
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Gulzar was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, one of the most prestigious literary awards in India, in 2002, and the Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian honour, in 2004 . 
 
He has also won a number of National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards. At the 81st Oscars in 2009, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Jai Ho" (shared with A.R. Rahman), for the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. In 2010, the same song won him a Grammy Award in the category of ‘Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media’. 
 
Gulzar's poetry has been published in three compilations: ‘Chand Pukhraaj Ka’, ‘Raat Pashminey Ki’ and ‘Pandrah Paanch Pachattar’. His short stories are published in ‘Raavi Paar’ (also known as ‘Dustkhat’ in Pakistan) and ‘Dhuan‘ (smoke). He is also credited with having created a new type of stanza in Urdu poetry named ‘Triveni’ (stanza of 3 lines). 
 
"Gulzar’s contribution to mainstream cinema is well recognized, assuring him a place in the annals of Indian cinema," the release added.
 
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