RESEARCH,

REFERENCE

AND TRAINING

DIVISION.

BULLETIN ON FILM

Vol XLV March 2001 No. 3

First IMAX theatre in India.

Santa Monica award for Nandita Das .

48th National Film Awards announced; "Shantham" bags best feature film award .

Kerala State Film Awards announced; "Sayahnam" best feature film.

Karnataka State Film Awards announced; "Deveeri" bags best feature film award.

First Digital Film Festival held.

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REVIEW / DEVELOPMENT

FRAMES 2001 held

"Frames 2001" a global convention on the business of entertainment was held in Mumbai on March 30 & 31, 2001. The convention was inaugurated by the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Smt. Sushma Swaraj. Nearly 1000 delegates attended the convention. The delegates deliberated upon various aspects of the entertainment industry, including cinema. The topics relating to the film industry were :- (a) Indian cinema - the changing paradigm (b) Financing entertainment business - the debt component (c) Regional Cinema - New Opportunities (d) TV and cinema - A symbiotic relationship (e) Exhibition - the coming of multiplexes(f) Music - the right notes (g) Exhibition - Programme 2001 (h) Animation : India the new hub and (I) Distribution of films.

The Screen

(2 March 2001; 4)

(6 April 2001; 1,2)

First IMAX theatre opens in India

India's first ever Imax theatre with the largest dome and a mammoth screen was inaugurated in Mumbai by the Chief Minister, Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh on March 25, 2001. The theatre brings India on the global map of Imax cinemas numbering over 300. Biggest theatre, with the latest technology in film projection, it has a seating capacity of 527. The project has been promoted by Manmohan Shetty of Adlabs.

The Screen

(23 March 2001;1)

(30 March 2001; 1)

AWARDS/FESTIVALS

Santa Monica award for Nandita Das

Noted actress, Nandita Das has won the best actress award at the Santa Monica Film Festival, USA for her performance in Jagmohan Mundhra's, "Bawandar".

The Screen

(2 March 2001; 1,9)

48th National Film Awards announced; "Shantham" bags best feature film award

"Shantham", a Malayalam film has bagged this year's best feature film award. The film gets a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 50,000 in cash for its producer P.V. Gangadharan and a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 50,000 for its director Jayaraj.

The award for the best non-feature film has gone to Arun Vasant Khopkar's "Rasikpriya". He gets a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 20,000/- and its producer, Ministry of External Affairs also gets a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 20,000/-.

"Sholay" an English book by Anupama Chopra has won the award for the best book on cinema. She gets a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 15,000/- . The publishers of the book, Penguin Books also get a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 15,000/- . Vasiraju Prakashan and Suresh Sharma have shared the best film critic award. They get a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 7,500/- each.

The prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award has not been announced so far.

(For details see HCMC/1/2001 on National Film Awards)

Kerala State Film Awards announced - "Sayahnam" bags best film award

R. Sharath's maiden feature film, "Sayahnam" has bagged the best feature film award for the year 2000. Produced by M.S. Nazeer, the film has won six other awards. "Madhuranombarakathu" produced by P. Nanda Kumar and directed by Kamal has been adjudged the second best feature film. The J.C. Daniel award for life time achievement has gone to M. Krishnan Nair. The rest of the awards are as follows:-

1.

Best film with popular appeal and aesthetic quality

" Devadoothan" by Sibi Malayil

2.

Best Director

M.T. Vasudevan Nair for "Oru Cheru Punchiri

3.

Best Directorial Debut

Subramanian Santhakumar for "Mankolangal"

4.

Best Actor

O. Madhavan for "Sayahnam"

5.

Best Actress

Samyuktha Varma for "Madhuranombarakattu" "Mazha" and "Swayamvarapanthal

6.

Second Best Actor

Jayaram for "Swayamvarapanthal"

7.

Second Best Actress

Vani Viswanath for "Susanna"

8.

Best Child Artistes

Ashwin Thampi and Baby Manjima for "Madhuranombarakattu"

9.

Best playback singer (Male)

Vidhu Prathap for "Sayahnam"

10.

Best playback singer (Female)

Asha Menon for "Mazha"

11.

Best Lyricist

O.V. Usha for "Mazha"

12.

Best Music Director

Vidyasagar for "Devadoothan"

13.

Best Music Director (Background Score)

Baiju for "Mazha"

14.

Best Story Writer

R. Sharath for "Sayahnam"

15.

Best Screenplay Writer

M.P. Sukumaran Nair for "Sayahnam"

16.

Best Film Editor

Bina Paul Venugopal for "Sayahnam"

17.

Best Sound Recordist

Hari Kumar for "Mazha"

18.

Best Art Director

A.V. Gokul Das for "Sayahnam"

19.

Best Costume Designer

A. Satheesan for "Devadoothan"

20.

Best Make-up artiste

Pandian for "Madhuranombarakattu"

21.

Best Cinematographer

Sunny Joseph for "Swayamvarapanthal"

22.

Best Processing Laboratory

Prasad Film Laboratory for "Swayamvarapanthal"

23.

Best Dubbing artiste

S. Gopalkrishnan for "Sayahnam"

24.

Best Documentary

"Pala Thulli Peru Vellam" by Mohan Kumar

25.

Special Jury Award

"Susanna" by T.V. Chandran

26.

Best book on cinema

"MT Oru Anuyaatra" by John Paul

27.

Best article on cinema

"Iddaliyum Fascisavum" by M.G. Radhakrishnan

The Indian Express

(6 March 2001)

The Hindu

(6 March 2001)

The Screen

(16 March 2001; 11)

Karnataka State Film Awards announced "Deveeri" wins best film award

In the recently announced state film awards for 1999-2000, Kavitha Lankesh's "Deveeri" has won the best film award. The second best film award has gone to Girish Karnad's "Kanooru Heggadathi" and the third best to "Chandramukhi Pranasakhi" directed by Sitaram Karanth.

Under the special awards category for lifetime achievement, the Puttanna Kanagal award has been bagged by V. Somashekar and the Dr. Rajkumar award has been given to well known actress of yesteryears M.Leelavathi. The rest of the awards are as follows:-

1.

Best Actor

Shivraj Kumar for "Hrudaya Hrudaya"

2.

Best Actress

Tara for "Kanooru Heggadathi"

3.

Best Supporting Actor

Sreenivasa Murthy for "Srirasthu Shubhamastu"

4.

Best Supporting Actress

Vinaya Prasad for "Bannadha Hejje"

5.

Best Music Director

K. Kalyan for "Chandramukhi Pranasakhi"

6.

Best playback singer (Male)

Rajesh Krishanan for "Bannadha Hejje"

7.

Best playback singer (Female)

Chitra for "Arunodhaya"

8.

Best Lyricist

Baraguru Ramachandrappa for "Hagalu Vesha"

9.

Best Story

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10.

Best Screenplay

D. Rajendra Babu for "Habba"

11.

Best Dialogue

A.G. Sheshadri for "Hrudaya Hrudaya"

12.

Best Cinematography

G.J. Krishna for "Nannaseya Hoove"

13.

Best Sound Recording

Kodandapani for AK47

14.

Best Child Artiste

Master Manjunath for "Deveeri"

15.

Best Art Director

Shashidar Adapa for "Kanooru Heggadathi"

16.

Best film with a social message

"Shabdhavedi"

17.

Best Director of a film with a social message

S. Narayan

18.

Special award for novel techniques and costumes

AK 47

The producer of the best film "Deveeri" will get a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh while the director will get Rs. 20,000 apart from gold medals. The producers of the second and third best films will get gold medals and a prize money of Rs. 75,000/- and Rs. 50,000/- respectively and the directors Rs. 15,000/- and Rs. 10,000/- respectively. The recipients of Puttanna Kanagal and Raj Kumar award would get a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh each. Parvathamma Rajkumar producer of the film "Shabdhavedi" adjudged best film with a social message would also get a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a gold medal.

The Deccan Herald

(15 March 2001)

The Hindu

(15 March 2001)

"Maya" for New York film festival

"Maya - the reality" - a 90 minute bilingual film in English and Hindi has been selected for screening at the prestigious New York International Independent Film and Video Festival 2001. The festival is scheduled from March 31 - April 10, 2001. "Maya" has been directed by Vishal Bhandari.

The Indian Express

(21 March 2001)

Jalan on Cairo Jury

R.A. Jalan, Producer of children's films like "Safed Haathi" and "Aaj ka Robin Hood" has been invited to be a member of the international jury at the Cairo International Film Festival for children.

The Screen

(2 March 2001; 1)

Digital Film Festival held

Asia's first ever International Digital Film Festival - the ITC Digital Talkies International Film Festival was held at the India Habitat Centre from March 26-31, 2001.

The four-day festival aimed at popularising the new digital technology being exceedingly used in film making in the recent years. Digital films are shot on digital cameras and stored digitally rather than in cans as in the case of celluloid films. Saved on a digital format just like a CD, it has a longer life than celluloid, which needs to be stored with care, and does not last long. Moreover the post-production work is easy. In essence it is a cost effective and faster way to film - making.

The Digital Festival attracted entries from all over the world. Of the over 2000 entries, around 70 were from India. Some of the notable films in the festival were "Shawl"; "A perfect Day"; "Matrimonial.com"; "Divya Drishti"; "9392888"; "Mottukka"; "Point of View"; "Fear This"; "Monday Morning"; "Mirage"; "Stroke"; "My Friend Su" and "Urf Professor".

Among the film celebrities who attended the festival were Shyam Benegal; Mrinal Sen; Shekhar Kapoor; Vidhu Vinod Chopra; John Jost; Todd Berow; Derick Malcolm and Rob Nilsson.

The Indian Express

(18 March 2001)

The Telegraph

(1 April 2001)

The Hindustan Times

(30 March 2001)

(2 April 2001)

Festival of Japan held

A Festival of Japanese films was held at Chennai from March 5-8, 2001. The festival was organised by the Consulate General of Japan, Chennai in collaboration with the International Cine Appreciation forum at the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce auditorium. The films screened at the festival included :- "Haunted School"; "Kids Return"; "Goodbye for tomorrow" and "Tora San's Island Encounter".

The Hindu

(5 March 2001)

OBITUARIES

"Tiger" Prabhakar dead

Prabhakar popularly known as "Tiger" passed away in Bangalore on March 25, 2001. He was 52.

Prabhakar made his debut in films in 1969 with "Kadina Rahasya". He captivated the Kannada film world both as a hero and villain. He had acted in 200 films including some Tamil, Telugu and Malaylam and also the Hindi film "Inquilab". Apart from being an actor, he was adept at editing, projection, music direction and cinematography. He used to handle different roles at the same time. Prabhakar had also produced and directed a number of Kannada films including "Mahendra Verma" and "My Dear Tiger".

The Indian Express

(27 March 2001)

The Deccan Herald

(27 March 2001)

Chandrakant Mandare is no more

Veteran actor Chandrakant Mandare passed away in Kolhapur on February 17, 2001. He was 88.

Gopal Tukaram Mandare in real life, he adopted the screen name 'Chandrakant'. He started his career in 1936 in Baburao Painter's "Sawkari Paash". Chandrakant had acted in more than 80 Marathi and 20 Hindi films, his last screen appearance being in "Bangarwadi" in 1995. He essayed all types of roles but is remembered most in the role of a village Patil and also in the roles of Shivaji Maharaj in some historicals including Bhalji Pendharkar's "Chhatrapati Shivaji". Some of his memorable films are "Chhatrapati Shivaji"; "Shejari"; "Raja Gopichand"; "Thoratanchi Kamala"; "Bharat Bhet"; "Ramrajya"; "Meeth Bhakar"; "Jai Malhar" and "Maanacha Paan".

Mandare was also a painter of repute and his exhibitions had been held in India and abroad. He was conferred an honorary degree (DLitt) by the Shivaji University.

The Screen

(2 March 2001; 12)

23 March 2001; 11)

Ranjan Salvi dead

Well-known choreographer of Marathi films, Ranjan Salvi died in Pune on February 16, 2001. He was 72. During a career spanning 35 years, he worked as a choreographer in about 175 Marathi films including "Pinjra"; "Chaani"; "Kela Ishara Jata Jata"; "Sawal Maza Aika"; "Sugandhi Katta" and "Sangu Kashi Mee."

The Screen

(2 March 2001; 12)

 

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