After a glamorous opening on Day 1, movie lovers swarmed to Fun Cinemas, Mumbai for a one of its kind fare of world class films, workshops, master classes and more on Day 2 of the 6th Jagran Film Festival! Day 2 features an amazing line up of stunning films from around the world like the 2015 Italian film Lost in Laos, the 2014 American drama shot in East Africa using Somali non-actors Fishing Without Nets, 1961 English-Spanish romantic musical drama West Side Story and 1935 American romance fantasy film A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Indian films such as Vishal Bhardwaj’s exemplary and most recent Shakespeare adaptation Haider, Shibo Prasad Mukherjee, Nandita Roy’s 2009 Bengali family drama Belashehe, Harshavardhan Kulkarni’s 2015 Indian adult Hindi comedy Huntter, and Shaji N Karun’s 1988 Malayalam film Kutty Srank brought together vivid shades of Indian cinema under one roof. Harry Baweja’s recent Punjabi 3D computer-animated historical film Chaar Sahibzaade also met a keen audience at a special screening in the Mumbai edition. Satyen Bose’s 1970 film Jeevan Mrityu and Sooraj Barjatya’s much-loved 1989 romantic family drama Maine Pyar Kiya were showcased in the Indian retrospective category.
Value addition formed the order of the day with informative workshops, sessions and master classes adding to the all-encompassing film vibe. Film veterans Vibhu Puri (Director, Hawaizaada), Meenakshi Dixit, Vipin Sharma, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan and Mukesh Chhabra addressed a session on ‘Casting: What Do The Directors Look For?’. In a workshop with Anjum Rajabali, aspiring writers explored the creative world of screenwriting. A workshop on Animation by The Animation Society of India, a special session on “Monetizing of Digital Content” by Head of Content Operations, Youtube India, Mr. Satya Raghavan and ‘Ajay Brahamatmaj in conversation with Hansal Mehta’ brought out some more pertinent aspects of film making to surface.
A screening that particularly stood out was Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s Ukrainian sign language film ‘The Tribe’. Neeraj Ghaywan’s award winning film ‘Masaan’ created waves yet again and received an overwhelming viewership. Also, it turned out to be a Tuesday filled with happiness with films such as the 1942 American classic ‘Gone With The Wind’ and 2006 inspiring biographical drama ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’. Fun has just begun at the iconic Fun Cinemas and Day 3 is studded with an equally engrossing lineup of films and experiences to wow the cine-goers of Mumbai and beyond.
Promising to present some of the finest works of cinematic geniuses, India’s only travelling film festival, ‘Jagran’, features a delectable mix of movies, master-classes and memorable experiences for avid cinema lovers based in and around Mumbai. Showcasing more than 160 feature and short films this year, Jagran Film Festival in its 6th edition is slated to be an eyeful treat for one and all!