The major focus of “Its only Cinema” is exclusively on the technical aspects of film making and media. To cover all these technical details of the media and entertainment industry, the magazine had conducted interviews of various legendary technicians, people behind the camera, drama and television producers and directors and known artists in the field of art.
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Neeraj Shridhar: The Viking of Bollywood
Consistent success and propitious flexibility make Neeraj Shridhar a desirable choice for many a composer in Bollywood today. Add to that the lingering success of Bombay Vikings and expertise behind the mike and here is a complete musician! ITS CINEMA chats with him at his plush Lokhandwala apartment where Neeraj fondly remembers his Bombay Viking days and what makes him the success he is today.
Waman Bhosle: The Perfect Cut
The superstar among film editors in Hindi cinema lives in a quiet neighborhood of suburban Mumbai. Waman Bhonsle, the senior half of the legendary duo of Waman Bhonsle-Guru Dutt, has been away from the field after working on over 230 films, mostly Hindi, between 1969 and 2001 - his swan songs were Amol Palekar's Kairee(2001) and Salim's Mitti(2002). The iconic editor, almost 80 today, is humble, genial and always smiling. A charming host, he always offers a meal, and if you politely refuse, will never let you without partaking of homemade snacks. Excerpts from an engaging interview with the artist whose cuts creates magic on screen.
Ajay Norontha: The Multi-Tasking Image Maker
Ajay Noronha calls himself a maker o images. Digny, Dusty slums to brightly illuminated air-conditioned sets are where he creates them. The cinematographer of KBC or Coffee With Karan is also a documentary filmmaker and a teacher at Sophia's. He confesses his life is divided between his survival needs, creative pursuits and everything in between. While many of his ilk have moved on to bigger ventures or bagged a few awards, Ajay remains largely happy in his space. Here is catching up with him his journey so far and more.
82 years of Hindi Music: An Overview
The cinema that is made in any era decies the kinf of music we hear in it. By inference, it is simple to state the music we hear in films has a lot to do with what is happening in society. ITS CINEMA takes a close look at the kind of music that has been used in Hindi films ever sinceit began to be used in them today.
Roshan Taneja: This Teacher is a Class Apart
His first batch of student FTTI, Pune went on to become acting heavyweights such as Shabana, Naseer and Om Puri. Bollywood's first and very beloved professor Roshan Taneja enters hsi 50th year of teaching in 2013. With his director son Rohit taking the reins of the institute, "Roshan taneja School of Acting" seems ready to embrace an even brighterfuture. Rohit Taneja shares his vision for the pioneering institute that has produced umpteen actors and bollywood stars since 1963.
Adoor Gopalkrishnan: 'I was not corrupted when I set out to make films'.
Going down memory lane, the veteran Malyalam filmmaker Adoor Gopalkrishnan confesses that he had to struggle for a long period of seven years to make his first film after graduating from the FTII in 1965. "It was what i'd call a seven years to make his first film after graduating from the FTII in 1965. "It was what i'd call a seven year itch for me, because at that time, no one believed that acting can be taught and i had to make several attempts to convince hte established producers to let me make a film for them," he tells ITS CINEMA in Kochi.
The Silent Era and Dadasaheb Phalake
The world's largest film industry, more known tot he world as Bollywood, is now 100 years old! From the silent era movies of the late 1800s to the 3D animation flicks of 2012, the magic silver screen has continued to entroll and mesmerise billions of film lovers like a magical spell which only seems to grow more potent by the year. In a series of articles beginning this month and continuing through 2013, ITS CINEMA will chronicle the evolution of an industry that continues to fascinate billions across the world.
P. K. Nair: Celluloid Man
P.K. Nair is an institution iunto himself as India's first and till date, only film archivist who founded, headed and built brick by slow brick, the National Film Archive of India. A documentary on Nair who is no longer with the NFAI, Pune, is long overdue. But when one watches Shivendra Singh Dungapur's The Celluloid Man, one begins to feel that perhaps, the long wait was well-deserved for viewers of the film, for film historians and archivists and for filmmakers across the world. Celluloid Man is travelling right across and beyonf\d the country from IFFi in Goa to KFF in Kolkata to Rotterdam to make its enriching presence felt among cineastes everywhere.
Arunabho Mukherjee: Time for the government to wakeup to cinema
India is celebrating100 years of cinema. But the government is yet to come out with a package either for the film makers ot the film industry. As usual, hte entertainment industry is the last priority. Film stars and celebs are used to get votes by most political parties during elections. And that's where the government's interest in the world's largest film industry seems to end.
Dancing to tunes
Lollypop: Lollypop makes Bollywood Dance
At the age of four, not everyone can claim to have got the prefix 'Wonder Boy' to his name. But that's exactly what happened to the little boy who exelled at mimicking the dance styles of legendary heroes like Mehmood, Shashi kapoor, Rishi Kapoor to name just a few. That is not at all. He has even choreographed steps for other famous choreographers like Farah Khan and Prabhudeva!with an interesting name like Lollypop and a thriving profession like choreography, it's little wonder that there's never a dull moment for him.
The truth behind a perfect Animation Story
Ok- so there is of talk about Indian animation and how itis struggling to take off. Moving away from ready made mythological stories that have ceased to work, the biggest challenge for Indian animation has been to get great stories, in my opinion this is where we lack the most of our animators are groomed for skills, there aren't many who can qualify as animation film-makers or storytellers.
Bharat & Dorris: Ace of Face
His skill in make-up, sharpened over 25 years, has vaulted Bharat Godambe to the toprungs of cinebiz. Together with hairstylist-spouse Dorris, he's natched one sucess afetr another. Their label 'B & D' synonymous with quality cosmetics, is fetching acceptance too. Its Inly Cinema profiles the greasepaint genius.
Kuldep Sinha: The Bureaucrat with a Difference
Kuldeep Sinha former Director General at Films Division, tells ITS CIENMA in this exclusive interview that he decided to start the Institute of Film & Video Technology in Mumbai, in an effort to make cinema the first choice for any stuednt after pasiing out of junior college by givingf an assurance of a concrete job after he completes his course with IFVT.
Film Fest report
Crash Crunch truncates 11th third eye Asian Film Festival
The 11th edition of Third eye was significant since we are celebrating the 100 years of cinema this year. As a tribute to Indian cinema, the festical paid itsc rich tribute to Datta Dharmadhikari, the Marathi filmmaker of 1950's who had place for himself in the hearts of the middle class audiences with his films.
Niraj Mancchanda: Changing Destiny with Numbers
There was a time when filmmakers consulted astrologers for an appropriate date to perform the mahurat to start their films. But today it has become more of a fashion as every fifth film and fifth actor wants to consult a numerologist to change the spelling of the names of their titles, no matter how absurd the spelling sounds. While a few taste sucess, the others remain where they were. One such Astrologer, Numerologist and Graphologist, Niraj Mancchanda, shares with Its Cinema what all this is about. "I am not an astrologer", he pleads and odds "I am a Metaphysics practitioner."
Vikram Prabhu: The rise of Another Star Son
The year 2012 has gone by, but not before introducing yet another star debutant to tinsel town. vikram prabhu(grandson of the late legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan) can boast of a grand launch vehicle in the blockbuster of the year 'Kumki'.
S. S. Rajamouli: 'Not yet ready for bollywood'
Rajamouli's 2006 film 'Vikramarkudu' was remade in Hindi as 'Rowdy rathore'. Directedby Prabhu Deva, the film, starring Akshay kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead, was a huge hit. It was remade into Tamil as Siruthai with Karthi and in Kannada as Veera Madakari with Kicha Sudeep. His comedy thriller 'Maryada Ramanna', remade as 'Son of Sardar' in Hindi with Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Juhi Chawla in the lead, is doing well at the box office. It was also remade into Bengali as Phande Poriya Boga Kaande Re. His much-talked about Telegu film "Eega, (dubbed in tamil as Naan E, in Malayalam as Eecha and in Hindi as makkhi), is a success in all the launguages. ITS CINEMA finds what makes the celebrated director tick.
Films to Watch Out for in 2013
Shatrughan Sinha: No tensions with Bachchan
His frank and candid opinions have earned him hte sobriquet of Shotgun Sinha. He is also known as the star who keeps producers on tenterhooks, reporting late on the sets. But a close encounter with the actor shows that there is more that just quotes and controversies.
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The Duo's thoughts are in seamless harmony. Sajid-Wajid, today's most bankable composers for their mix of commercial appeal and substance, are very casual about their belated but huge success streak, that began in the real sense a full 11 years after their debut in the salman khan home production Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya(1988) with just one song, Teri jawani badi mast mast hai,a song they rightly point to us, has outlasted the then-passing hits from the film's other composers.
Vikram Gaikwad: The Artist with Subtle Touch
Three times National Award Winner, make-up designer Vikram Gaikwad has been known for his specialty in fine prosthetics and subtle makeup style. The designer4, acknowledged for creating unique facades of actors in films like Sardar, Making of Gandhi, Maqbool, Rang de Basanti and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar says that his work has never been hindered for the lack of something. He has a collection of different soils that he collected from various parts in India which he uses as a natural foundation base to create skin tones of various Indian origins. Having worked on the celebrated Marathi play Janata Raja, -with 500 live characters and animals and over 100 films, Vikram believes that makeup is not just about painting a face but creating something beyond imagination.
Nirmal Jani: The Cinematographer should become the eye of Director
In this rare and exclusive interview with ITS ONLY CINEMA, the renowned cinematographer Nirmal Jani confesses that he does fall in love with every heroine when he cranks the camera for his film because he feels that only then will he be able to do a good job, but also cautions that he makes a point not to mess around with his heroines because he is a professional.
Mani Kaul: The Masterwick with the Master touch
Shoma Chaterjee first met Mani Kaul when he was a member of the International Jury at the Mannheim International Film Festival many years ago. He wore a constant, spontaneous smile on his face. The next time we met was at the Annual Conference at the School of Sound in London in 1999 where we were the only two to have been invited from India. I was fascinated with the way he spoke about the use of sound in cinema. He told me how during his teaching stints at a film school in the US, he would sometimes ask his students to make a one-minute sound clip for a visual clip.
The Triumphant Daredevils
The year 2012 is distinctly the year in which films with good, unusual content, sensitive and imaginative direction, fine performances, pleasing music and choreography have scored at the box office. it is also the year which has brought to the fore gifted directors who will, in the coming years, change the face of Hindi cinema if they are given the encouragement and monetary support they deserve.
Anurag Basu: The Auteur with the Midas Touch
Anurag Basu has emerged as one of the most promising and innovative film makers in recent times. As a student, he did plays as an actor, writer and director at Bhilai in chhatisgrah, where he completed his schooling. His steel-like determination attracted him to Bollywood where he honed his skills as an assistant make-up man, assistant cameraman. That was not all. To understand Bollywood, he also workedas a junior artist and stayed in a distant suburb of Mumbai. But what fueled his confidence was his dream to make films. 'Barfi!', his latest film, has been a super hit. Besides getting great reviews from critics, this film is being nominated for the Oscars from India.
Dancing to tunes
Bosco Caesar: Bollywood's Grooviest 'Jodi'
Bosco and Caesar studied at the same school, and banded over football which was their common interest then. After school they joined the same college and formed a group called "Legends" and won various dance competitions. At the 'All India Dance Championship' 1992, they won all the rounds. Destiny too had designed a bigger plan for their passion for dance and partnership. So here they are, choreographing some of the most popular and award winning dance numbers.
Becoming An Animation Director - Do You Have It In You?
Animation directors have to study the Stanislavsky Method Acting System as they can breathe, act and play out their characters. Live-action directors rely a lot on stellar performances by actors to take their films tothe next level, a luxury not available to animation directors.
The Many Hues of NAVARANG
It was Navarang Cinema which started the trend of sending the same print (two or three reels in parts to Sangam Cinema in Andheri(E) after being screened there. The distributor's representative would hire people to do the needful and screen them at Sangam, a process which was known as shutting.
Crowd Funding In contemporary Indian Cinema
Many years ago, this was known by the term co-operative production. Today even music videos and musical concerts on stage are sometimes financed through crowd funding.
Television's Blue-Eyed Boy De-Coded
from the assistant to associate to series director and spreading his wings to production, the journey is not yet over for a television's darling Rajan Shahi. With more exciting plans up his sleeve, the man takes us on a journey of what it takes to be where he is.
Rameshwar Bhagat: 'Editing Dhoom was one of the Best Experiences in my career'
He is the behind-the-scenes creative man, who has been instrumental in taking stock of and giving the final shape to some of the best known films seen in recent times. From Dhoom to Ek Tha Tiger, the journey in film editing has been a memorable one for Rameshwar Bhagat. He recounts his experiences.
Kavita Krishnamurthy: Musical for the Soul
It’s been a long while since Kavita Subramaniam (nee Kavita Krishnamurthy) has quit the ‘rat-race’ of playback singing in Hindi films. Preferring to balance family with some occasional playback trysts and a lot of music with her eminent husband, ace violinist Dr. L.Subramaniam , she now enjoys a simple life in Bengaluru, where they are based.
Sabu Cyril: The Ace Of Futuristic Sets
over 50 films, including the likes of Ra one, Tees Maar Khan,
Agneepath, Rajnikanth starrer Robot and the forthcoming Krrish 3 under
his belt, Sabu Cyril is easily one of the most celebrated art directors
in the country today.
Sabu talks to Its Only Cinema on the challenges that goaded him to excel and the changing outlook towards art direction both in the South and Bollywood.
Rajesh Thadani: In Tune With The Times
film distributors Rajesh Thadani has seen the days when films ran for
25 or 50 weeks. However, he seems quite upbeat about the current
distribution scenario where a film can reap in astounding profits in a
Chitah Yajness Shetty: Bollywood’s Martial Arts Guru
his journey of more than 30 years in the Hindi film industry, Chitah
Yajness Shetty’s name has become synonymous with martial arts.
The Affectionate, Strict GURU
It was sometime in 1966. Prem Sagar’s father Shri Ramanand Sagar (Papaji to all of us, his five sons, and everybody who worked with him) was chatting with his good friend Shri C.V. Gopal who was the head of the Cinematography Department at the Film and Television Institute of India in Poona (now Pune) and Gopalji asked him what his sons were doing. Prem Sagar’s elder brother Subhashij and Anandji were assisting Papaji and Prem Sagar was a student of engineering in the first year of Prem Sagar’s course.
Mehbbob Studio: Bollywood’s Iconic Legacy
Housed in Bandra, Mumbai, stands the landmark structure-Mehboob Studios. Started in 1954 by veteran filmmaker, the late Mehboob Khan, it has witnessed several cult movies and epic television shoes being shot in its vicinity. Stretched over a sprawling 20,000 square yards, it has five shooting stage. Names like Guru Dutt, Chetan Anand, Dev Anand to Manmohan Desai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have shot their films here. Its Cinema discovers some very interesting history about the illustrious studio from Iqbal Khan, the son of the legend, who now controls the iconic studio.
Prosenjit: Bengali Cinema’s One-Man Industry
Bengali Cinema stands for- pulling in the mass audience, crossing the rural-urban divide of viewership, and fashion statements among young men who wish to emulate their icon. Prosenjit’s grip over millions who are completely enthralled is without parallel. He has been around for nearly three decades with more than 300 films as hero in his kitty and much more in term of his contribution and participation in Bangali cinema.
Girish Wankhede: ’If A Regional Film Is Good, We Would Love To Screen It’
He is a diminutive go- getter who has steered the Cinemax multiplex chain to what it is now with his persevering and no-nonsense demeanor and out of the box ideas, turning the chain into a brand by itself. Ever since he joined Cinemax after his stint at Imax Wadala, Girish Wankhede, the DGM Corporate Communication & Public Relations has obviously came a long way.
Honey, We Forgot The Kids!
content for today’s children is not a child’s play for sure. Satisfying
them is a challenging task going by their IQ level and the tremendous
to the modern world. Reason enough to call them ‘young adults’ than mere
children. Here’s finding out what appeal to these little masters…
Anti-Smoking Scrolls Are Ineffective In Curbing Smoking
I & B Ministry recently lifted the ban imposed on smoking scenes in
films way back in 2005, follows protest from UTV-the distributors of
the Kareena Kapoor-starrer Heroine and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. But there
are riders attached to the permission. Like running disclaimers-so
Kareena will be seen warning viewers against smoking at the beginning
and after the interval of Heroine. And a static ‘anti-smoking’ scroll
will run through the intense scenes depicting her with a cigarette.
But leading psychiatrist Dr.Harish Shetty is neither happy with the lifting of the ban nor the prohibitive stipulation that came with it. He makes a strong case against cine stars lighting up in films.
Thus Spoken Gabbar
Little children, even of the 21st century, seem to be familiar with Gabbar Singh, thanks to their parents during whose this his dialogues were echoed in every corner of the nation. But few of the current generation know what Amjad Khan, the inimitable star who immortalized Gabbar, was like in real life. Here’s a rare interview to be as fiery as the unforgettable dacoit that he brought to life.
A Friend in Need...
The Grind behind the Golden Ditties
The Inimitable Pancham Da
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Anu Malik: The comeback composer
Just as Anu Malik was written off afetr less then a decade of early popularity, he surged back to make Hindi cinema's only spectacular comeback among compasers with Sir, Baazigar and Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi in 1993. Entering his most creative - not merely the most commercially successful phase - he came up with winners all the way till 2006, with diverse triumphs like Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Imtihan, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Border, Judwaa, Virasat, Soldier, Biwi No. 1, Asoka, Munna Bhai MBBS, Ishq Vishq and Main Hoon Na to mention only a few. A profile of the composer who has also become the most talked about judge on TV reality shows.
Niharika Khan: The new age designer
She set foot in Bollywood just four years ago. And today she is one of the most respected and renowed costume designers in the Film Industry. While Vidya Balan continues to get accolades for 'The Dirty Picture', it was costume designer Niharika Khan who brought Silk Smita to life with her sick sense of style. After winning the National Award for her costumes in The Dirty Picture, Niharika Kahn has suddenly become one of the most sought after designers in tinsel town.
Suresh Nair: All the write moves
If you really want to make a career in Hindi movies, humility is handy. Because unless you love the cinema you want to make or write, how will you ever be able to connect with its audience?
Jai Singh Nijjar: ‘You need more brains than brawn to direct action’
In Son Of Sardar there are horsesand the situtuons are funny and tense at the same time. So it is tricky for the Action Director who has to elevate the thrills inherentin the scene and raise laughter also at the same time.
Brahmanand Singh: The versatile auteur
The Biggest irony about RD's biopic is that RD with this talent and the body of work never recieveca National Award, but a film based on his life did.
Dancing To Tunes
Terence Lewis: His world is a dance floor
Chasing dreams reletlessly can convert a hobby - if you are passionate about it - into a successful career, believes Terrence Lewis. The ace choreographer with a formidable body of work has now become a favorite with the audience too, thanks to his gregarious persona as the judge on the dance show Dance India Dance. through the Terence Lewis Dance Academy, his dream venture, the nimble-footed dancer is now also a well-loved mentor in choreography with a range of courses for Aspiring younsters. Excepts from an interview with the unique artist who seems to be as passionate about his owndance shows as making the biggest stars if the film industry dances to his steps:
Bidyut Kotoky: The daredevil debutant
In strife torn Assam,award winning filmmaker, Bidyut kotoky, is eagerly trying to gauge there response to Ekhon Nedhekha Xipare, the Assamese version of his controversial Hindi Film, As the River Flows. The socio-political thriller produced by NFDC and directed by him, has been in the eye of a storm, after the 59th National Film Awards jury rejected the film last year from the best regional film award category, citing that it "was not an Assamese film." The filmmaker talks about the inspiration behind the film and his various other concerns.
Off the Cuff
Kristin Pieskar: ‘Marathi films offer far better scope for artistic flexibility’
No. This is not a 'son of the soil' speaking but - hold your breath - a German national, Kristin Piesker. The down-to-earth technician -she worked on ad films as an assistant in the production and direction departments in Germany- who has a knack for picking up different languages, landed a major role in the Marathi film Pipani, which has now turned her into an actress. Kristin obviously loves the experience.
* Animation Defined
Animation is not a series of drawing that have to be move,but a movement that needs to be drawn -- Norman McLaren, founder of the monolithic National Film Board of Canada in the 40s very aptly described animation as an art of movement.
* Now, a TV series in 3D
This Show brings alive the classic comic stars Motu Patlu and has stories that are deeply rooted in Indian culture. Set in the beautiful city of Furfuri Nagariya, Motu and Patlu are as similar as chalk and cheese. The awesome twosome is always on an adventurous expedition and has an uncanny ability to get into tricky situations.
* The rise and rise of Indian animation
When Arjun: The Warrior Prince was released, it gave hope that India's animation industry is in the right direction with an appropriate blend of storytelling as well as technology. And through here the target audiences are specifically kids, animation films now seen to be rapidly moving towards a bright future.
*Baptised by 3D
Merzin Tavaria, the co-founder and chief creative director of Prime Focus, is currently in the US to strike a big deal. Speaking over a trans-Atlantic telephone call, Tavaria talks about the Fast-evolving cine-technology. Not 3D but holographic films will soon sweep over the theatres world over,he says in a revelatory interview.
* 60 years of IFFI: Film festivals or carnivals?
Indian cinema is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first international film festival this year. In 1952, when Jawahalal Nehru inaugurated the first International Film Festival of India, the only Indian film to be screened was Raj Kapoor's Awara. In 196, at the fourth IFFI in Delhi, Mrinal Sen's Bhuvan Shome was screened. in 1974, Shyam Benegal's first full-length feature film Ankur (The Seedling) became a part of the IFFI, along with Avtar Kaul's 27 Down. By then, Satyajit Ray was an established name in International cinema.
* Is cinema only Hollywood Se Bollywood Tak for Indians?
Many in the film industry are so busy in work while others are struggling to get some work that they do not anyway have the luxury to participate in the film festival. Yet, committed cinegoers and film festival buffs spare no chance to screen films from different nations of the world.
* Ramesh Meer: Bollywood’s original tech whiz
Spreading the Broadcast India Exhibition, Ramesh Meer is the name behind the show's initiation and enormous success.Here's talking to the man himself about the annual exhibition which concluded recently and saw the latest in broadcasting technology.
* IFFI evolves into a growing ‘cine mela’
The Synergy between film festivals and the film's industry is more accidental than a systematic design to improve cinema in terms of technology and story telling. Another edition of International Film Festival of India(popularly known as IFFI) will be held in November.
* Sridevi shines at Toronto film festival
The Recently held 37th Toronto film festival (TIFF) had a strong presence of Indian ans Bollywood flavor. Films made by Indians or people of Indian origin were screened to much accliam of Festival audiences. These included Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta's 'Midnight's Children', Meera Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' and Gauri Shinde's 'English Vinglish'.
* Yash Chopra: The real king of romance takes a bow
An actor was not taken seriously till he had worked with Yash Chopra. A truth A R Rehman who had scored music for Jab Tak Hai Jaan endorsed enthusiastically soon after. Recently, Rehman, who seldom grushes about anybody said:" Now I can relax. I have finally scored for a Yash Chopra Film"
* Rajen Kothari: The lensman with the golden heart
Noted cinematographer Rajen Kothari succumbed to a massive cardiac arrest on Sept 27, at Whistling Woos International (WWI) in Mumbai while editing the promos of his directorial venture Das Capital which won the Best Film Award at the Dainik Jaagran.
* Sanjay Surkar: A director calls his last shot
Sanjay Surkar, the Maker of meaningful and memorable films like Chaukat Raja, Tu Tithee Mee, Anandache Zaad and Saatchya Aat Gharat passed away on the sets of his latest film Lathi in pune on Sept 27. He was 53 years old.
* M.S. Shinde: The death of a soldier
His notable films include the likes of Mere Sanam, Raaz, Brahmachari, Seeta Aur Geeta, Jheel Ke Us Paar, Ganga Ki Saugandh, Abdullah, Alibaba Aur 40 Chor, Shaan, Shakti, Razia Sultan, Saagar, Akalya, Chamatkar and Ram Jaane to name a few.
Ramesh Taurani: ‘We do not make films as a business proposition’
At a time when more and more corporate giants are getting into the business of film production, Tips Films has a distinct place in the top league pf producers, who take a keen intrest in filmaking. Tips CEO, Ramesh Taurani traces the sucess story of the company from music acquisition to the film production in a candid chat with Manishaa R.
* Chayilyam: A tale of feminine shades
At the time when Malyalam filmdom is caught in a crisis of financiers distributors and exhibitors pitted against producers and technicians caught between infighting among organizations, Manoj Kana and his friend bhasin raised around Rs. 55 Lakhs from donations from those who put in money while viewing the shooting to make a film chayilyam, a 90-minute feature film.
* Ravi K. Chandran: A model cinematographer
Indian cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran, hailing from Chennai, has scored another 'first' which world renowned Arri camera company featuring him on the cover of brochure for Alexa along with other international cinematographers.
Santosh Thundiyil: ‘Locations are as important as casting in films’
Ace cinematographer Santosh Thundiyil recently shot Patiala house and Tere Bin Laden and previously Luck, Krrish, Kaal, Pinjar and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. His filmography is diverse and distinct. the FTII graduate has been painting the celluloid with his photography over the past 12 years. Thundiyil elaborates on the role that locations play in a feature film.
Arun Raghunath Bhate: The wizard of the dark room
Arun Raghunath Bhate, the name that is synonymous with the film processing business, is radically a shy person ; sans ego. In spite of a career which spans over four-and-half decades, the man is down to the earth.
Mahesh Jolly: He makes the stars stand still
Three decades of clicking stars in their myriad moods and poses, Maheish Jolly's journey as a still photographer has been truly eventful. Here's catching him in a tell-all-mode.
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Rajesh Roshan: The man with the magic baton
Rajesh Roshan,the son of the late composer Roshan had work almost exclusively for films made by his brother Rakesh Roshan (Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai,Koi .. Mil Gaya,Krrish,Krazzy4,Kites) and a few outside films(Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage,Na Tum Jaano Na Hum) that also starred his nephew Hrithik Roshan.
Aumprakash Mohapatra: Creating visual art with the Jimmy Jib
When Aumprakash Mohapatra enterd the film industry, he had no clue what a Jimmy Jib was. Little did he know that very soon, he would become the first Indian cameraman to use the versatile equipment.All thanks to a certain star called Shahrukh Khan. Today, the Jimmy Jib, which made its mark in India in the late ‘90s,has become an essential part of filmmaking.Mohapatra recounts his experiences with the ‘Jib’ as the film industry loves to call it.
Charudutt Acharya: The versatile scribe
He juggles relentlessly between films and TV shows.But ace writer Charudutt Acharya does both the hats to the hilt.While he adds punch to the dialogues of an upcoming Rohan Sippy romantic comedy flick, he continues to write dialogues for Crime Patrole (Sony TV).Apart from co-writing films like Vaastu Shastra (2004) and Dum Maro Dum(2011),the 1995 graduate of FTII (Film And TV Institute of India) has to his credit about 20 popular TV shows like Haqeeqat (Sahara TV),Siddhant (Star One), Rajuben (Sony TV) and the popular Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi (Sony TV) among others.
Cinematographer Adeep Tandon Reminisces
Cinematographer Adeep Tandon walks down memory lane to share delectable behind the scene anecdotes during film shoots.
Rocky S.: Fashion On The Rocks
“The most exciting thing about fashion is the freedom it gives me to be myself in my own way.” ”Fashion is not something that exists in dress only. It’s in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live and what is happening around us.”
Indian Animation: Challenges and breakthroughs
The animation industry is seeing a new surge as far as Indian animation is concerned. Though the Hollywood animation industry is a benchmark with recent films like Ice Age and Avengers, the Indian industry is slowly but surely inching towards excellence in the digital world.
Its Only Cinema analyzes the challenges and breakthroughs in Indian animation.
Bollywood's jittery relationship with 3D
Any Body Can Dance in 3D
From child prodigy to playback diva
Thiugh her first breakthrougt was “Ruki ruki thi zindagi” for Mast (1999) and her success was consolidated by “Mehboob mere” (Fiza) and “Tu Sirf mera mehboob” (Ajnabee), Sunidhi Chauhan would like to stress that she has been “around for 17 years”, because it was in 1995 that she recorded, as a kid of 11, her first film song in Shastra-“Ladki deewani ladka deewana” after being the stellar attraction of Kalyanji-Anandji’s superb show Little Wonders as a pre-teen.
Pandhari Juker: Adding twinkle to the stars
From Dilip Kumar to Saif Ali Khan, from Meena Kumari to Kareena Kapoor-veteran make up man Pandhari Juker and his make-up brush has worked its magic for over six decades. Here’s meeting the octogenarian who refuses to call it a day.
The new age Indian cinema
One of the most striking discoveries one made at the 12th Osians-Cinefan Festival of Indian, Asian and Arab films this year was the discover of a new brand of Indian Cinema that defines conventional classification of films into mainstream, off-mainstream, mid-mainstream, and so on. It does not fall within accepted film genres and defines an overlapping of issues, subjects and genres that blend beautifully to create a work of art that caters to the masses as much as to the classes. Its Cinema analyzes the phenomenon.
Pritam: The high notes of success
Controversies have always dogged him. But whether his detractors like it or not, the fact is that ever since his ‘Dhoom Machale Dhoom Machale’ struck a chord with the nation’s music lovers, composer Pritam Chakrorty has only grown from strength to strength with every new film-90 of them in 14 years. Excerpts from an interview with Mohan Ayyar.
The wonders of technology
Technology has changed the world of music recording in an unimaginable way. We live in an age where an entire album of high quality music can be produced on a single machine. One can even team up with people whom they have never met and use loops and samples to save time and expense of recording real musical instrument. A spare room at home is sufficient to act as a recording studio. Well, it may sound unbelievable but it’s true!
Milan Luthria: Turning the past into present perfect
From Kachche Dhaage, his directional debut in 1999 to his latest blockbuster. The Dirty Picture, he has grown from strength to strength as a director. A tete-a-tete with Milan Luthria, whose fascination with off beat themes has made him one of the hottest directors of today.
Ashok Mehta: The behind the camera
An artist of incomparable talent cinematographer Ashok Mehta finally bid good by to this world on the independence Day of India, leaving behind a legacy of his brilliant work to be cherished by millions over a long period of time.
It was seventeen years ago that he took his first tentative steps towards providing content to television. Today, Abhimanyu Singh’s Contiloe Group is a force to reckon with on the fields of media, television, films, special effects and animation. A profile of the rare producer who has become a master at churning out a vast variety of TV shows in various genres including Krishna Arjun, Maniben Dot.Com, Adalat, Ssshhh… Koi Hai, The Great Indian Comedy Show, Fear Files, Saavdhaan Indian, Aja Mahi Vay, Say Shava Shava, Veer Shivbaji and Jhansi Ki Rani to name just a few.
Manoj Desai: “A silver jubilee run is a distant dream today”
He is known to be a one.Man army in the exhibition trade,wheather it means taking up the cause of steep entertainment taxes or putting up a fight against hiking admission rates.In a candid chat, Manoj Desai, veteran exhibitor and executive Director of G-7 and Maratha mandir, talks about the current state of the exhibition sector and more.
October is the month for big films down under
A look at the southern scene for films in the month of October.
The alluring charm of foreign locations
Nambirajan Yadav: The man behind the aura of Aurora
It is an iconic hub of South Indian films, a landmark which every South Indian film buff in Mumbai is familiar with. Aurora cinema at King’s Circle, Mumbai, is built and run by a man whose biggest passion is cinema. And among those who never tire of praising him are the likes of mega-star Rajinikanth and the former CM of Tamil Nadu, M.Karunanidhi.
Vibha Chibber: The woman who minds Bollywood’s tongue
Vibha Chibber shudders every time actors mouth seemingly simple words like Jubban or Jindagi from their dialogue sheets. Unobtrusive to a layperson’s ears perhaps, but for Vibha Chibber, an actor is appallingly deplorable. With a rich tradition of NSD behind her, her natural instinct is to don the hat of a tutor to help actors till ‘they get it right’.
Niraj Bijlani: How safe are our theatres?
As security provider for PVR, Cinemax, INOX, Reliance Big Cinema, TOPSGRUP Director Niraj Bijlani analyses the security of theaters back home in India vis-à-vis the shootout at the premiere show of Dark Knight Rise in Denver Phoenix, USA, claiming 12 lives and injuring over 50 in June this year.
Mumbai film fest to salute the silent era
The 14th edition of Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) 2012 which will be held from October 18 to 25, 2012 at NCPA, Nariman Point will have special screening of the ‘silent era’ films to mark 100 years of Indian cinema. Several international awards winning film will be shown at MFF. MFF Director Srinivasan Narayanan talks about the festival and its growth year after year.
Just like its memorable films, Bollywood also has a treasure trove of sweet little untold stories, tales of love and friendship, of losing one thing and gaining something else, and those of the hights and lows of the creative process. ITS ONLY CINEMA dips into the past to bring some gems for the true lovers of cinema and the people who make it happen.
Ganga Kadakia on the masters and their different strokes
Egon Schiele’s works have been quoted as grotesque, erotic, pornographic, or disturbing, focusing on sex, death, and discovery but his portraits of other and himself are the best.
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Mumbai / September-2012 / Vol 1 / Issue 2
Anandj: In Techno Sync At All Times
What did Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Kumar and Dharmendra have in common? Many of the biggest hits of these stars had music by Kalyanji-Anandji. And it was their unforgettable songs that went a long way in ensuring the huge success of these films.
On The Sets
This Burfi Is a Visual Treat!
AK Bir - Creating Magic With Light
Apurva Kishore Bir is as simple as he looks. One of the finest cinematographers in the country, Bir's foray into cinema was coincidental. Coming from a family of teachers, he was planning to do engineering, until an advertisement of FTII changed his life.
Kamlesh Pandey - His Word's Worth
He may be known to choose his words well writing. But when it comes to talking, he minces no words.
The Master Of Heart-Warming Tales
He was a wizard who made simplicity fashionable – and commercially successful – in filmmaking. And he did that at a time when the much-hyped masala films ruled Hindi cinema. An homage to Hrishikesh Mukherjee, who excelled in adding joie de vivre to even the most tragic stories
Dancing To Tunes
Grooving (And Crooning) Away To Glory
He has seamlessly and successfully gained entry into uncharted territories where others could only dream of going. With the Hollywood flick Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the irrepressible Shiamak Davar has managed another global feat. At a time when Indian society scoffed at male dancers, he took it up as a full time career. This was besides singing, which he began with two successful Hindi and one English album. Last month, he launched his latest album Shabop – The Beatman Is Back.
Art Direction Unplugged
Shoma A. Chatterji reviews the book Art In Art Direction – A Biography Of Nitish Roy by Debaditya Datta
And Now, Rajini, The Boss, In 3D
Even before we get to see Rajinikant in the 3D avatar of Kochadaiyaan, it will be his earlier movie Sivaji, The Boss, produced by AVM that is going to hit the theatres. Meanwhile, superstar Rajinikanth’s magnum opus, Kochadaiyaan, India’s first 3D film using motion capture technology, has maintained tight secrecy about the project and the plot. However, a conversation with various sources gives a fair idea of the working of the film.
The New Age Nightingale
It has been eleven years since she began to sing in films. Interestingly, no standout female playback singer has arrived since. In fact, Shreya Ghoshal has been called by some authorities in the music world, both within the industry and otherwise, as the finest female singer since the Mangeshkars.
Indian Cinematography – Moving Beyond The Frame
They are some of the most sought-after technicians in filmmaking, ever willing to experiment with new techniques, pushing the boundaries of cinematography, setting new standards and exciting frameworks within the art of cinema. Thanks to these great masters, Indian cinematography has now evolved beyond just camerawork, turning into an art by itself
The World In A Studio
Whether it was a North Indian village, a street in Delhi, or a swanky apartment in the US, Shashank Tere has created them all, right here in Mumbai! The award-winning production designer talks about the creative highs of his trade.
Life In A Light Beam
They spring to action when all other lights in the cinema hall are turned off. For that is the time when they unleash their own special light – the magic beam that brings the large movie screen to life, keeping millions glued to their seats for close to two – sometimes three – hours. Dharmendra Mishra, Head Operator, Projection, at Mumbai’s Cinemax theatre narrates how he feels to be the man who really creates the magic of cinema on the big screen.
The Artiste Behind The Action
Even as a teenager, he was fascinated by everything that infused a rush of adrenaline in his veins - whether it was crazy tricks on his bicycle or tearing through the desert on a motorbike. Watching his favorite action movies – Sean Connery in James Bond and John Wayne’s westerns – only added fuel to his imagination.
They Also Serve
Light man Fakir Mohammad Sheikh
On 3rd March 1955, I came to the film industry to become a writer. But as destiny would have it, I got the job of a light man easily on a pay roll of Rs. 55 per day with extra allowances. I started my work with Mother India and was placed under the great DoP Faredoon Irani.
Tribute - Rajesh Khanna
The Supernova Bids Adieu
Once upon a time, in the age of innocence, there was a sudden, blinding flash in the starry firmament of the Hindi film industry. Such was the power of its brilliance that other lesser stars in its vicinity either faded into oblivion or paled into insignificance. The phenomenon was called Rajesh Khanna. Earthlings also called him The Superstar. Veteran producer-director J. Om Prakash pays a tribute to a legend who had sadly become a victim of his own superhuman persona.
Tribute - Dara Singh
The Genial Giant
His name was part of the collective Indian consciousness, just like our mythological heroes, one of which he played to the hilt in the epic serial Ramayan. Such was his impression over the people’s mind, that Dara Singh had become an adjective for strength! Whether it was in the wrestling ring or on a film set, he strode like the colossus he was.
The Understated Achiever
Her understated reserve, the down-to-earth demeanor is in complete contrast to the glamour and flamboyance associated with her father, the showman, Subhash Ghai. Perhaps it is this trait coupled with her hard-nosed, pragmatic approach that has helped Meghna Ghai Puri to steer her Rs. 70-crore films, television and media arts institute and make it one of the most respected film schools in the world.
The Celeb Behind The Stars
He is the best known celebrity manager and business manager. A celebrity himself, Rikku, as Rakeshnath, long time secretary of Madhuri, is popularly known, has had an eventful career during which he earned kudos and criticism in equal measure.
It’s not just the actor/actress or producer-director wo make the whole film industry. Hundreds of professions are associated with filmmaking. Take your pick from over 200 of them!
Mumbai/July-2012/Vol 1/Issue 1
The idea of “Its Only Cinema” Magazine is to highlight the technical part of the Film making. The first Indian film was made by Mr. Dadasaheb Phalke in the year of 1913. Since then, thousands of films have been made. We have all seen the evolution of technology and its uses over the years; however, the technicians who actually bring a film to life, who actually work with these modern day equipments have been neglected till date due lack of resources and platforms. “Its Cinema” is dedicated to these great technicians and their expertise. It covers the untouched side of films. Read interviews of the real heroes of film making; the technicians such as Directors, Cinematographers, Art Directors, Editors, Sound designers, Action Directors, Writers, Lyricists, Music Directors and all other people who are directly or indirectly associated with art.
The aim is to create awareness about the people behind the camera who usually remain in the dark and are unknown to the general public.
“Its Only Cinema” Magazine also features new and upcoming technologies, talents and discussions on what is film making, how it works and how it can be improved.
“Its Only Cinema” Magazine covers various aspects of drama, television, fashion, art & artists apart from the special coverage of Bollywood, technologies and resources used, services and service providers and all the possible technical information for students and upcoming talents.
Bimalda And I…
Living legend Dilip Kumar reminisces about his old colleague and friend, the illustrious Bimal Roy
“In the making of Devdas, Bimalda’s aim was to convey the sense of hopelessness that pervades the relationship between Devdas and the two women as well as others who are a part of his doomed life without leading the more ardent viewers to cynicism and despondence.”
On The Sets
Director of Photography, Dudley talks about Ajay Devgn’s performance and the surprise given by Abhishek Bachchan…
Kahaani With A Difference
It is a film that has impressed critics and confounded the skeptics. With its unprecedented success, it has put the spot-light firmly on woman-oriented films, a rarity in Bollywood. An interview with Sujoy Ghosh , the co-producer and director of the Kahaani whose box-office collections have the film industry agog with excitement…
Lord Of The Sound
Kersi Lord is a multi-faceted musician of the Indian film industry. He has played an instrumental role in India’s film industry as a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, working with a wide array of singers and music directors from the golden era ofmusic. He was conferred with the prestigious ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’ in 2010 for his lasting contribution to the Indian film industry as a ‘Cine Musician’…
Pyarelal Sharma: The Original Whizkid
Technology and its use are nothing new, feels the legendary Pyarelal Sharma, of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo, Hindi cinema’s most prolific composer team that scored songs for over 500 films (487 released with a film each in Marathi and Bengali and a handful of films in Tamil and Telugu) and background music for most of them…
Realty Bites Another Bollywood Bastion
After a number of single screen cinema halls and old film studios, another iconic symbol of Bollywood’s bygone era, Famous Studios, is reportedly on the verge of closing down, giving way to another multi-storey tower. A close look at the deal and the relentless onslaught on the very foundation of Hindi cinema…
Kailash Kher: Soaring High On Soulful Notes
Here is an artiste - singer, composer and lyricist, who digs into the essence of Indian folk and classical, employs even rarer Hindi and even Sanskrit words and researches into dialects to enrich his thoughts and phonetics…
Loveleen Bains: The Designer For All Ages
What do films like Rising: Ballad Of Mangal Pandey, set during the British Raj, Kamasutra: A Tale Of Love and Utsav, both with the backdrop of ancient India, Rang De Basanti or Mausam – both of which traversed different time periods – have in common? It is celebrated costume designer Loveleen Bains. Unveiling an art which is much appreciated but little known...
The Heart Has Its Reasons "The Free Flow Of Talent Between Bollywood And Tollywood"
Indian cinema is pushing the borders of geography, culture, language and technology to broaden the parameters of cinema and break regional barriers to excellence, aesthetics and commerce. The broadening of the contours is not limited to stars alone such as Rahul Bose acting in several Bengali films or Paoli Dam making her screen chemistry felt in a Bollywood thriller. The question is more of technique than glamour, more of excellence than star value…
Lights! Camera! JACK GILL!
He has taken cars and bikes through wood, fire and glass, jumped from exploding boats, twelve-story buildings and huge mountains. He has flown hanging under helicopters and even flown in F-16s. In short, legendary Hollywood stunt coordinator Jack Gill has performed almost every conceivable death-defying stunt in his 30-year-long career. In the process, Jack has given Hollywood some of its unforgettable action sequences in films like Knight Rider, Money Train, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Showtime, Pearl Harbor, Wild Hogs, Fast Five, The Green Hornet and numerous other films, including our very own, Toonpur Ka Superhero…
Straight from the heart
Pahlaj Returns In A New Avatar
Once known as one of the producers of the hit brigade, veteran Pahlaj Nihalani almost vanished into oblivion after his last film, Khushboo. However, the renowned producer is all set to bounce back with his favourite actor, Govinda in his next film, Avatar. He talks about his latest project and his return to filmmaking…
Passionately Yours : Anjum Rajabali
He is actually a master of Clinical Psychology. In fact, when he first landed in Mumbai, it was to become a psychoanalyst. But the Hindi film industry now knows him more as the ‘script doctor’ who infused the pulsating energy in scripts of films like Khakee, Gangajal and Apaharan. Hard-hitting stories, simmering with angst and carrying a socio-political message are Anjum Rajabali’s hallmark. Perhaps that is why he is the favourite scriptwriter of avant-garde directors like Govind Nihalani and Prakash Jha among several others. When he is not writing scripts, he is busy setting up script departments for production houses and designing script or screenplay writing courses for film institutes…
Film Distributor Ramesh Sippy: “I decided to fight against the tide and stay afloat”
More than a decade ago when corporate organizations forayed into film business and started calling the shots in the film trade, a majority of distributors were forced to close down shop after the sharp drop in business. A handful few managed to survive and Raksha distributors’ Ramesh Sippy was one of them. In a candid chat, the veteran distributor talks about the vast changes in the business of distribution and more…
Fame By Frame
In an industry which is famed for its leisurely style of filmmaking, he is known as a cinematographer who works fast. But what makes the soft-spoken Santosh Thundiyil even more popular in Bollywood is his versatility. Just like an accomplished actor, Santosh also has the knack of easily adapting to radically different genres of films. The list of films he has done – from Kuchch Kuchch Hota Hai to the latest Rowdy Rathore, with a Pinjar, Race and Picture Perfect thrown in for good measure – says it all…
Dancing to tunes
Taking Dances To The Masses
Today, after a National Award for his amazing choreography of the song Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah in Jodha Akbar, and over a 1,000 songs for Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films, under his belt, Chinni Prakash’s name has become synonymous with vibrant, effervescent dancing...
Master Of The Makeover - Sher Bahadur Singh
When was the last time we heard a star giving credit to his/her make-up artist for making their career a success? Just one look at some of our celebrities without make-up can tell us just how much they need these masters for their makeover. Meet one such artist, the legendary Sher Bahadur Singh, who has transformed many an ordinary face into that of a glamorous star...
One Fateful Day In Mumbai
Anil V. Kumar’s entry into Mumbai, and in the television industry, was as dramatic as the numerous serials he has directed for Ekta Kapoor. Soon after he landed in the city of dreams in 1992, he was chased by a frenzied mob in the thick of the communal riots. Little did he realize that he was actually running right into the lap of the film industry, precisely where he wanted to be! Ever since that fateful day, Anil has never looked backed. From becoming soap queen Ekta Kapoor’s favourite director, he has now turned producer with his old colleagues, Shabbir Ahluwalia and Saket Sawhney...
The Cool Colossus
He is 57 years old. Out of them, 50 have been devoted to cinema. But the unstoppable Kamal Hassan continues to astound, still experimenting with out-of-the-box-subjects, pushing boundaries and even breaking language barriers, all with an élan that only he is capable of. The inimitable star talks about his new Hindi-Tamil bi-lingual Vishwaroopam and his fascinating passion for films…
A Cut Above The Rest
Dulal Dutta, who edited every film Satyajit Ray made from Pather Panchali to Agantuk, echoes some of the internationally renowned director-editor relationships in world cinema…
“We Subscribe To The Hrishikesh Mukherjee Brand Of Humour”
He is the pioneering force behind the success story of SAB TV and its positioning as a “light-hearted family channel” that bonds families together. Over the past four years, SAB TV has enjoyed a consistent viewership following among the audiences, even occasionally overtaking the top three GECs in the race. Anooj Kapoor, Executive Vice President and Business Head, SAB TV talks about the success story of the channel…
Just like its memorable films, Bollywood also has a treasure trove of sweet little untold stories, tales of love and friendship, of losing one thing and gaining something else, and those of the highs and lows of the creative process. ITS CINEMA dips into the past to bring some gems for the true lovers of cinema and the people who make it happen...
They Also Serve
A first person account by dancer Roopesh Waghmare…
Producer-director Vipul Amrutlal Shah gives the low down on outdoor locations…