On Saturday, 31st October, Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India’s Movie Mela, India’s first movie carnival witnessed a staggering turnout of over two thousand movie fans and celebrities who came together to celebrate their collective passion for the movies.
The event which was open to all delegates of the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival With Star India took place in the iconic Mehboob Studios in Bandra and kicked off with a session by Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi on their creative collaboration. This was followed by a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the team of Mr. India. Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, Boney Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, Aftab Shivdasani, Huzaan Khodaiji, Karan Nath and Ahmed Khan took a walk down memory lane as an audience of 800 listened enthralled by anecdotes of how the much-loved classic was made.
Simultaneously on Stage 2 of Mehboob Studios, Kabir Khan, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar did sessions that explored their creative process. Later in the day Sonam Kapoor and Rohan Joshi of AIB were in conversation about the challenges of being a celebrity in times of social media. Huma Qureshi was in conversation with director Gurinder Chadda and Ajit Thakur, CEO of Trinity Pictures and Shridhar Raghavan conducted a masterclass on script-writing.
And that wasn’t all, Varun Dhawan was in conversation with Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand on the films that shaped him. Deepika Padukone spoke about her eight year journey in the industry.
The evening also saw a stupendous congregation of the leading talent from Bollywood for a panel that explored the altering landscape of the film industry. Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Aditya Roy Kapur and Kriti Sanon spoke candidly about the challenges of being a next gen actor. The day concluded on a musical note with composer Pritam strumming his popular hits and talking to the audience on how he made his signature tunes.