Vol XLVII June 2003 No. 6


  • Goa made permanent venue for the IFFI
  • Diaspora film wins award at Cannes
  • Children's documentary wins British award
  • Anil Biswas and Jankidas are no more






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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in consultation with the Key Advisory Group on films has decided to make Goa, the permanent venue of the International Film Festival of India. The festival will be a joint venture of the government of Goa, the Central government and the film industry. Since building a proper infrastructure would take time, the first festival would be hosted in Goa only in 2004.

The Free Press Journal

(11 June 2003)

The Tribune

(11 June 2003)

The Deccan Herald

(11 June 2003)

The Deccan Chronicle

(11 June 2003)

Guidelines on shooting foreign films liberalised

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has liberalised the guidelines for shooting foreign films and co-productions in the country. As per the new guidelines, the proposals to shoot foreign feature films or co-productions in India would now be cleared within three weeks. While the time to process such proposals will come down from three months to three weeks, clearance of requests for shooting in Jammu and Kashmir, the North-Eastern states and the border areas will take longer.

Under the new regime, the existing requirement of showing the completed film before its release anywhere to representatives of the Government or any of the country's diplomatic missions overseas, will apply to only exceptional cases.

Visas to enter the country for shooting a film will be delinked from script clearance. Unlike in the past, when Ministry's approval was required, visas will now be issued for this purpose as per normal procedure.

The Hindu

(11 June 2003)


Diaspora film wins award at Cannes

Manish Patel, a British Asian director has won the Black and Asian Film Academy Best Picture Award for his film Triads, Yardies and Onion Bhajees at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival.

The Deccan Chronicle

(11 June 2003)

Children's Documentary wins British Award

Children Have Something to Say a series of 36 short films made by Indian children has won the 'One World Media Award for Special Achievement' in London. All these films have been thought of, scripted, shot and produced by children from across the country and delve into a variety of topics ranging from bonded labour to child marriage and to gender inequality.

The children were commissioned under a video magazine project conducted by the NGO, Plan India. They were trained in all aspects of film-making in a 20-day workshop.

The Free Press Journal

(26 June 2003)

The Times of India

(20 June 2003)

Bimba for Bangkok festival

Bimba (The image), a film on child psychology has been selected for screening at the forthcoming Bangkok Film Festival. The film has been directed by the upcoming Kannada director Kavitha Lankesh.

The Screen

(13 June 2003)

Children's Film Festival in Rajasthan

'Shiksha Apke Dwar-Bal Filmotsava -2003' is being organised by the Rajasthan Primary Education Council in collaboration with the Children's Film Society from June 24 to July 8, 2003. The film festival is being organised to enrol deprived children in the age group of 6-14 years in mainstream education. Around 27 shows would be organised from 9 a.m to 11.30 a.m. in all the districts of the State. The basic aim of the film festival is to attain hundred per cent enrolment in schools.

The Hindustan Times

(13 June 2003)

Two films selected for UK film festival

Two films produced by Pritish Nandy Communications, Jhankaar Beats and Mumbai Matinee have been selected for screening at the prestigious 'Bite the Mango Festival' in Bradford, UK.

The Screen

(27 June 2003; 1)

Nabyendu Chatterjee's retrospective held in Delhi

A retrospective of noted Bengali director Nabyendu Chatterjee was held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The retrospective was inaugurated by Shri Pawan Chopra, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The films presented in the retrospective had been earlier screened in the Indian Panorama Section of the IFFI and had won critical acclaim in various international film festivals of the world. While Mansur Mianr Ghora was the inaugural film, the other films screened at the festival were Chopper, Sarisreep, Parashuramer Kuthar, Atmaja and Shilpi.

The Screen

(27 June 2003; 13)


Anil Biswas is no more

Legendary music director, Anil Biswas passed away on May 31, 2003 in New Delhi. He was 88.

Born on 7th July, 1914 in Barisal (Bangladesh), Anil Biswas had his first lessons in music from his mother. He was an accomplished tabla player and worked in amateur theatre as a child singer. After his father's death in 1930, Biswas joined the Megaphone Company and started writing lyrics and composing songs. Here, he got the opportunity of perfecting the finer nuances of music. Biswas later migrated to Mumbai. "Tere Pujan Ko Bhagwan" was his first song for Hindi films. Songs like "Door Hato Ai Duniya Walon Hindustan Hamara Hai", "Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De" and "Seene Mein Sulagte Hain Armaan" firmly established Anil Biswas in the film industry. From 1935-65 he composed melodious songs for a number of film like Dharam Ki Devi, Jagirdar, Ek Hi Raasta, Roti, Munna, Angulimaal, Tarana, Kismet, Waris, Pehli Nazar, Anokha Pyar, Arzoo, Aaram, Do Raha, Fareb, Hamdard, Rahi, Naaz, Farar, Juar Bhata, Char Dil Char Raahen, Laadli, Sautela Bhai and Chhoti Chhoti Batein.

He launched the careers of many a superstars of his era. He established Mukesh and Talat Mahmood as playback singers. Mukesh's soulful rendition of "Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De" became very popular. "Ai Dil Mujhe Aisi Jagah Le Chal Jahan Koi Na Ho" and "Seene Mein Sulagte Hain Armaan" turned Talat Mehmood into an icon. As many as 65 playback singers had sung for Anil Biswas which included besides Talat and Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Begum Akhtar, Amirbai Karnataki and Meena Kapoor. He had the distinction of introducing orchestra to film music.

He had also scored for Doordarshan's pioneering TV series Humlog and a number of Films Division documentaries.

Off late, he was leading a retired life.

Jansatta The Deccan Chronicle

(1 June 2003) (1 June 2003)

Rashtriya Sahara The Tribune

(1 June 2003) (1 June 2003)

(2 June 2003)

The Deccan Herald The Free Press Journal

(15 June 2003) (1 June 2003)


Jankidas passes away

Jankidas Mehra, veteran actor of Hindi cinema passed away in Mumbai on June 18, 2003. He was 93.

Jankidas, as he was popularly known was an all-rounder of sorts - a freedom fighter, a champion cyclist of world repute, a well-known writer, a director and a noted actor who was active till his last.

He broke eight world cycling records between 1934-42. He represented India in the World Olympic Games in 1936 at Berlin. He was India's sole representative at the British Empire Games in 1938 at Sydney, Australia and at the Eastern Games in 1940 in Tokyo. He became the first Indian to have hoisted India's national flag (pre-independence) at the World Sports Congress in Zurich.

His interest in sports was equaled by his fascination for films. In his first film Khazanchi (Silent) (1939) produced by Dalsukh M. Pancholi, Jankidas played a bank clerk. The film became very popular. Jankidas came to Mumbai after partition and acted in many films including V. Shantaram's Jeevan Yatra Master Vinayak's Mandir, Vijay Bhatt's Rambaan, Yakub's Aiye and Homi Wadia's Balam. In the five decades of his career, Jankidas had acted in around 1000 films as a hero, comedian, villain and later in character roles. He was the first production designer in the film industry and had designed several films, including Pathar Aur Payal and Warrant. He also had the credit of launching many a successful careers including that of Madhubala (Daulat), Meena Kumari (Hamara Ghar), Mala Sinha (Hamlet),Shoma Anand (Barood) and Khushboo (Dard Ka Rishta).

He is also the author of popular books on films like 'My Misadventures in Film Land', 'Acting for Beginners' and 'Strange But True Tales in the World of Film' among others.

Jankidas was awarded the IMPPA Lifetime Achievement award in 1996. He was honoured by the Film Writers' Association in 1996. He was also honoured by the Cine Artiste Association with a Shawl and a Silver trophy in August 1997.

The Tribune The Screen

(19 June 2003) (21 November 1997; 31, 32)

The Deccan Herald The Hindustan Times

(19 June 2003) (12 January 1997)

The Free Press Journal The Asian Age

(19 June 2003) (12 February 1998)

Virendra Razdan dead

Noted actor Virendra Razdaan passed away in Mumbai on June 13, 2003. He was 53.

Son of a Sufi musician, Razdaan had his training under Ibrahim Alkazi of the National School of Drama. He played the role of Vidur in the popular TV serial Mahabharat. He had also encacted the role of Maulana Azad in the film Gandhi.

The Free Press Journal

(15 June 2003)

The Deccan Herald

(15 June 2003)


Uttar Pradesh

Tax Policy libralised

In an effort to promote film making activities in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has relaxed the rule of releasing a maximum of 12 prints of films for getting concession in entertainment tax. This amendment, however, is applicable only to films made under the film policy of the State.

The Screen

(6 June 2003;1)


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