Vol XLIV June 2000 No. 6

  • Hema Malini is new NFDC chief.
  • Juries appointed for the 47th National Film Awards.
  • "Malli" wins award at Poland.
  • Basant Chowdhury and Pu La Deshpande are no more.






Hema Malini is NFDC chief

Celebrated artiste, Hema Malini has been appointed Chairperson of the National film Development Corporation, the premier institution involved in producing and financing of films and promoting them in the country and abroad; it also imports films and exhibits them throughout the country.

The Times of India

(26 June 2000)

Juries appointed for 47th National Film Awards

The government has constituted juries for the 47th National Film Awards.

The 16 member feature film jury will be chaired by eminent filmmaker Goutam Ghose. Its other members would be Ratnottama Sengupta; Ram Gopal Bajaj; P. Gautami; Sreelekha Mukherjee; Kalpana Agarwal; Saeed Mirza; Mohan; G.V.G. Raju; K. Ravindranathan Nair; T.S. Nagabharana; Janaki Ram; Leslie Carvalho; Malaya Gosawmi; Arun Kaul and Sanjiv Bhargava, Jabbar Patel would head the non feature film jury. The five member jury’s other memebrs would be Malay Bhattacharya; O.K. Johny; Meera Dewan and Rashmi Doraiswamy.

The Chairman of the Best Writing on Cinema would be K. Satchidanandan. Siladitya Sen and Deepa Gehlot would be its other members.

The Asian Age

(20 June 2000)


Festival of French comedy held

A festival of French films was held in New Delhi from June 26-29, 2000. The festival was orgnised by the Alliance Francaise at the India Habitat Centre. The films screened during the festival included :- "Les Toutous Flingueurs"; "Life is a long quite river"; "Walk in the shadows" and "The Beth".

The Times of India

( 23 June 2000)

"Malli" wins awards at Poland

Santosh Sivan’s, children’s film, "Malli" has bagged as many as three awards at the 18th International Festival of Films held at Ponzan, Poland. The awards are for the best director; the best child artiste (Shwetha) and for best music (Aslam Mustapha). "Malli" had earlier won the second prize at the 16th Chicago Children’s Film Festival.

The Screen

(9 June 2000;1)

Portuguese Film Festival held in Kolkata.

A festival of Portuguese films was held for the first time at the Nandan in Kolkata. The festival was organised by the Portuguese Consulate in Kolkata . The festival was dedicated to the young film directors. "The Jester"; "the Moon’s Mirador", "Deep South" and "Drifting" were the four films screened at the festival.

The Statesman

(16 June 2000)


Basanta Chowdhury passes away

Well known artiste of the Bengali stage and screen, Basanta Chowdhury passed away in Kolkata in June 20, 2000. He was 72.

Born at Nagpur on May 5, 1928, Basanta Chowdhury studied at the Dinanath School and Morris College, Nagpur. He came over to Kolkata to become an actor. His first film was "Mahaprasthaner Pathe" in 1952. In his long career Chowdhury

had acted in close to 100 films, mostly in the lead role. Some of his memorable films are, "Bhagaban Shri Krishna Chaitanya"; "Jadu Bhatta"; "Andhare Alo"; "Deep Jele Jai"; "Anushtoop Chhanda"; "Abhaya O Srikanta"; "Raja Rammohan Roy"; "Ratrir Kabya"; "Devi Chowdhurani"; "Baidurjya Rahasya"; "Antarjali Yatra" and "Hirer Angti". His Hindi films include "Parakh"; "Ek Doctor Ki Maut"; "Grahan" and "Mayuri".

A leading stage artist from 1956, Chowdhury had over 2000 performances to his credit. His solo performance of "Notun-Bouthan" was staged all over the world. He was known for his poetry recitals, mellifluous voice and flawless diction. He regularly acted in radio and television plays and also jatra.

He was also an internationally renowned numismatic and had been interested in art, history and archaeology. Chowdhury had also been the Sheriff of Kolkata.

The Asian Age

(21 June 2000)

The Statesman

(21 June 2000)

Pu La is no more

Purushottam Lakshaman Deshpande better known as Pu La passed away on June 12, 2000.

A multi-faceted personality, Pu La developed an interest in music, literature and theatre from early childhood. He wrote his first play while still at school and started acting in radio plays. Though his first book "Tuka Mhane Ata" was published in 1948, he had already written for theatre and essayed many roles on the stage. He had also made a name for himself as an author by writing regularly in ‘Abhiruchi’ a Marathi Journal. He was a master of wit, repartee and pun.

Pu La started his theatrical career earnestly with "Tuka Mhane Ata" which was followed by "Ammaldar" (script, acting); "Bhagyawan"; "Mothe Mase Chhote Mase"; "Aamhi Latike Na Boloo"; "Vitthal To Ala Ala"; "Jujhe Ahe Jujpashi"; "Sundar Mee Honar"; "Tee Phulrani" (adapted from Shaw’s Pygmalion); "Teen Paishacha Tamasha" ( adapted from Brecht’s Three Penny Opera); "Ek Jhunj Varyashi" and two plays for children "Vayam, Motham Khotane" and "Nave Gokul".

While the plays won him accolades, his one-man shows took him to pinnacles of popularity. "Batatyachi Chal"; "Assa Mee Assa Mee"; "Haswanyacha Maza Dhanda" and "Varyawarchi Varat" were some of them.

The decade 1945-1954 saw virtually a Pu La blitzkrieg on Marathi culture. He published six books, acted in seven films, sang all the male songs in three of them, composed music for 11 others, wrote stories and screenplays, lyrics and dialogues for dozens. "Gulacha Ganpati" released in 1954 was the apex of his career in films in which he played the male lead, scored the music, wrote the story, scenario and dialogues besides directing it.

Pu La headed the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the National Centre for performing Arts. He was honoured with the Padmasri and Padma Bhushan for his outstanding contribution to Marathi art and culture.

The Deccan Herald

(13 June 2000)

The Hindustan Times

(18 June 2000)

Jaishanker passes away

Noted Tamil actor Jaishanker passed away in Chennai on June 3, 2000. He was 60.

Born in Kokkarakulam in 1940, Jaishanker was a product of P.S. High School and did his graduation from Vivekananda College. He started his film career with "Iravum Pagalum". Some of his other notable films are "Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum"; "Pattanathil Bhootham"; "Muthuchippi"; "Vallavan Oruvan"; "Thunive Thunai";

"Nootrukkku Nooru"; "Idayam Parkirathu"; "Maiyur Mammatiyan"; "Nalaiya Seithi"; "Murattu Kalai"; "Apoorva Sagotharangal" and "Arunachalam". His best film was "Chinna Raja".

He also produced some films under his production company "Geetha Chitra" but was not very successful.

Jaishanker was honoured with State government’s ‘Kalaimamani’ award in 1974 for his performance in "Kuzhantheiyum Deivamum".

The Hindu

(9 June 2000)

The Deccan Herald

(25 June 2000)

The Tribune

(5 June 2000)

Kamini Kadam passes away

Well – known actress of yesteryears Kamini Kadam passed away in Pune. She was 68.

Manik Kadam in real life. She made her debut in Marathi films under the screen name Smita in 1955 in "Yere Maazya Magalya". She acted in a number of Marathi films before switching over to Hindi. Some of her notable Marathi films are :- "Anandhal Maagto Ek Dola"; "Gaath Padli Thaka Thaka"; "Devghar"; "Pahile Prem"; "Devagharche Lene"; "Navar Mhanoo Naye Aapla"; "Don Ghadicha Daav" and "Dhaati Jaawoo".

In 1958 Manik changed her screen name to Kamini Kadam. Her first film under this name was "Talaq" with Rajendra Kumar (Hindi). Some of her other Hindi films were "Santan" and "School Master". Her Marathi films under the new name were "Maaza Hoshil Ka". "Waat Chukalele Navare". "Sheraas Sawwaasher" and "Sant Waahate Krishnama".

The Screen

(30 June 2000; 11)

Sudheer dead

Popular film actor Sudheer passed away in Bangalore on June 14, 2000. He was 57.

Sudheer was a popular theater person and had essayed lead roles in plays like "Gowdara Gaddala" and "Veerasindhoora Lakshmana". He started his film career as an actor in Basavaraj Katte mani’s novel based film "Maadi Madidavaru". Sudheer carried himself with aplomb in supporting characters and carved a niche for himself with his mannerism. He was specially appreciated as a villain. Sudheer had acted in around 250 films in his entire career.

The Deccan Herald

(14 June 2000)

Jack Gaud dead

Noted Hindi cinema villain Jack Gaud passed away in Mumbai on June 7, 2000. He was 42.

Gaud ventured into Hindi film industry after giving up a career in Indian Navy. "Ganga Jamuna Saraswati" was his first film. He had acted in over 100 films. Some of his notable films are "Toofan"; "Mard"; "Tezaab" and "Koyla". He had also produced "Jungle ka Beta" and a Haryanvi film "Chori Natki".

The Tribune

(8 June 2000)



Fresh inducements offered

A high level meeting was held at Jaipur to discuss the issue relating to granting of industry status to films and to encourage film shoots in Rajasthan. The meeting was presided over by the Secretary Information and Public Relations’, Shri C.K. Mathew.

Discussions were held on important suggestions put forth during the meeting. The recommendations of the committee were :-

* to offer industry status for filmdom

* Entertainment tax holiday for films shot in the state

* Single window system for film matters

* Fresh crackdown on video priracy,

* 50% Entertainment Tax holiday for small town cinemas

The Screen

(23 June 2000;1)