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New Delhi: Mumbai Film Festival, the seven-day star-studded extravaganza, wrapped up last week. Organized by the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI), the widely publicized festival saw about 175 films screened from 54 countries across the world, besides sessions and appearances by popular faces from the Indian film industry.
For the ailing Indian film festival market, MAMI truly upped the game, having a budget equivalent to that of “a small film”. The presenting sponsor for the event was digital services company Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJio), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Star India was the associate sponsor, and a bunch of brands including PVR Cinemas and JW Marriott was supporting partners and collaborators.
“When we began, it actually took us 6-7 months to get (investor) partners on board,” said Smriti Kiran, creative director, MAMI. “We wanted people who believed in this because film festivals are a very tough space in terms of returns on investment. The reason we’d forever be grateful to Jio and Star is that we had knocked on every door and they saw potential and merit in creating this legacy and a cultural space which a lot of other people didn’t. Whatever we built in 2015 is going to show in 2017. In traditional terms of returns, these people have none for three years.”
Not everyone has been as lucky as the MAMI team. The only sponsor for the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) that is scheduled for 3-6 November 2016 is Large Short Films, a digital platform for short films by Royal Stag.
“We find that very difficult (getting sponsors),” said Ritu Sarin, festival director at DIFF, adding that the maximum support for them comes from grants and some from the state. “And I think that is because we are in a Himachal Pradesh town and sponsors don’t find the value that they need to come to us. We always thought that once we pass the three-year mark—and this is our fifth year—we would have more sponsors coming on board but we’ve not found any. We reached out to all kinds of brands but they just look at it in terms of their marketing budget in Himachal Pradesh which is very limited but I think we can add a lot of value because we get people from all over the country. So yes, it’s a challenge.”
A few others have discovered other ways, though. The Jaipur International Film Festival that is scheduled for 7-11 January 2017 charges for delegate registration and film submissions and doesn’t focus on sponsorships.
“We may charge anything between Rs.10,000-30,000 for a film screening depending on the theater rate. About Rs.500-1,000 per delegate makes for another Rs.4-5 lakh. Then there are people who book booths or pay for advertisements in catalogues—anything from Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh. The government may sometimes give Rs.10-20 lakh,” said Hans Roj, head of marketing and corporate communication, invitation and media at JIFF. “But there aren’t many private sponsors because there is no film industry culture (in Jaipur). They may give a maximum of Rs.25,000-50,000.”
The challenges for film festivals in India are many. Firstly, most events, like those in Kerala, Goa and Pune, are organized by the government and remain embroiled in administrative hassles. Secondly, it is difficult to monetize these festivals for the simple reason that unlike many countries, laws in India require a ticketed film to first be censored, which dilutes the entire spirit of the kind of independent cinema that comes to these places.
“If we draw an overall conclusion on the film festival market in India, things are at a very nascent stage at both organizational and management levels,” Roj said. “We have so many different kinds of cinema, so many festivals, if the government controls things properly, there is much that can be done. Because of these hassles, it creates an impression globally that there was some random festival started in India that shut down. Another festival that crops up will have to deal with that negativity and it’ll take much longer for people to start coming to it.”
None of these festivals are currently looking at recouping any of their investment. Not just because the gestation period on their recovery is long but because they’re inherently meant for community and cultural benefit and work as non-profits.
“India doesn’t have a film festival identity. You’ve got Goa, Kerala, Kolkata etc. but it’s not like any of these are the prime destinations for a festival person abroad. None of our festivals are on the world festival map in the sense that this is the go-to festival in India. So it’s a tremendous opportunity to create some sort of identity globally,” Kiran said Media Focus.
“Film festivals ideally should not be money-making at all, they should be self-sustaining. So the point is if everybody begins to grow and make their pace robust, India will begin to have a cultural identity which is very important for it to have because it cannot just be known for Bollywood, food and monuments.”

 

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After awarding subsidy to half a dozen films shot in Uttar Pradesh in 2015, the state government is all set to present cheques of subsidy to 15 more films in a few days. “After being screened through the script and finance committees of the Film Bandhu, we have processed around 15 films for the subsidy. The films shortlisted include ‘Masai’, ‘Thoda Ishq Thoda Lutf’, ‘Bandhan’, ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’, ‘Majaz-E-Gham’ and ‘Hum Hain Jodi No. 1’, among others,” informs Gaurav Dwivedi, vice chairman Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council (UPFDC).
Films like ‘Nil Battey Sannata’, ‘Aligarh’, ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’, ‘JD’ and ‘Jolly LLB 2’ have been cleared by the script committee of Film Bandhu, the nodal agency for handling the film policy that has been formed to ensure availability of all the film production-related facilities under a single roof.
The state government awards a subsidy of up to `2 crores for a film, which has been shot in the state. The number of days a film is shot determines the amount of subsidy it gets. While 30% of the amount is given after the film gets a certificate from the censor board, the remaining is awarded after the film is released or gets the release certificate.
The scheme, which came into effect in October 2015, has proved to be quite a hit with filmmakers and has managed to attract a lot of films with big ticket stars to be shot in UP including Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’. Akshay Kumar’s ‘Jolly LLB 2’, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s ‘Freaky Ali’ and ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ among others. The scheme has also prompted Hollywood and other foreign filmmakers to send their proposals for shooting in UP of which Victoria And Abdullah will be shot in Agra this month, Hollywood-based Indian producer Swati Bhise will be shooting a film on Rani Laxmibai in Jhansi next year, while British filmmaker Colin Burrows will shoot Daku Sultana, a film based on dacoit Sultana in the Chambal valley and its adjoining areas next year.
Around 180 films have been registered with the script committee in a year, out of which some have been shot, some are being shot and a few more are yet to start filming.

 

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Four held for youth’s murder

AHMEDABAD: Paldi police on Friday arrested four youths in connection with a murder of a 26-year-old youth on Thursday afternoon. Police claimed that the youth was thrown in the Sabarmati River by two after a feud over his girlfriend. One of the accused is the son of a police constable, said, investigators.
According to Paldi police, body of Rahul Rathod, 26, a resident of Babunagar Society in Danilimda, was fished out from below Ambedkar Bridge by a team of Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) at 3 pm on November 3 after Dipen Shah, a resident of Satellite, informed city police control room and fire brigade about an incident he witnessed where two youths on a scooter dragged a youth near the bridge and threw him down.
A G Gohil, an inspector of Paldi police station, said that the two primary accused were identified as Dhaval alias Mitesh Parmar, 19, and Bhargav Parmar, 20, both residents of Danilimda, who had thrown Rathod in the river. “Two others – Malhar, 19, and Rajan Parmar, 19, both residents of Danilimda – were involved in beating Rahul up just before the incident at Mangal Vikas Crossroads, and have been arrested,” he said.
Investigators said that Rathod was suspicious of Dhaval and Bhargav that they were talking to his girlfriend and had asked them not to approach her. Over the issue, they had a scuffle on Thursday morning but as families had intervened, the youths had got dispersed. The group of four again approached Rathod at 2pm at the crossroads and beaten him up before taking him to the river Mexicom.
Rathod’s family had refused to cremate the body till police nab all the accused, including Rajan, son of a police constable. Family members had alleged that police were trying to shield him and were underplaying his involvement. Thus, police investigators had intervened and had informed the family that all four persons, named by the family and accused, have been rounded up after which Rathod’s last rites were performed on Friday evening.
Family members said that Rathod was eldest of three children of Shashikant Rathod, an auto driver, and had started working at a unit in Vatva six months ago.

 

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CHENNAI: Just when the public mood in the city was turning to one of dread over four murders in as many days, the Chennai police said on Friday that they have cracked all of them.
In a span of six days, police have solved eight murders case and arrested 28 suspects. On Friday, six people were arrested for three murders. The Teynampet police arrested Gorak Singh, 34, his friends Maan Singh, 36, and Lalit Kohli, 30, all from Nepal, for murdering 60-year-old Shanthi at her Habibullah Road home.
In a few hours, the Thousand Lights police announced the arrest of S Suganthi, 35, and her boyfriend A Yohan, 26, for the murder of Suganthi’s house owner Dhanalakshmi, 48. She was killed for asking the tenants to vacate the house.Almost simultaneously came the arrest of a 34-year-old man for the murder of a 58-year-old woman lawyer in Kumaran Nagar on Monday My general.
Earlier this week, police arrested 11people for the murder of three ganja peddlers in Kannagi Nagar on October 30. The next day, a gang chased and murdered a history-sheeter at Vyasarpadi. Six people were arrested in the case. On November 2, five others were arrested for murdering revenue inspector Manimaran.

 

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CHENNAI: Police on Friday arrested a 34-year-old man for the murder of a 58-year-old woman lawyer in Chennai.
Police said M Karthikeyan, a resident of Nolambur here, killed P Lakshmi Sudha at her home in Kumaran Nagar on October 31 when she threatened to expose his illicit relationship with her.
The Kumaran Nagar police arrested him based on eyewitnesses’ account.
Police said Karthikeyan, who was running a massage center in the area, had met Sudha through a common friend and developed a relation with her. He used to visit her house often, police said.
Karthikeyan got married in 2015 and started to avoid Sudha My Latest News.
When Karthikeyan visited her home on October 31, Sudha wanted him to continue the illicit relationship. She threatened to expose their illicit relationship to his wife if he tried to avoid her. This provoked him, and he stabbed her to death, police said.

 

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BENGALURU: The murder case of RSS worker Rudresh in Shivaji Nagar on Friday took a drastic turn, with Udupi-Chikkamgalur MP Shobha Karandlaje alleging that minister for infrastructure development and wakf Roshan Baig is behind the murder.
Karandlaje on Friday said the minister instigated the murder of Rudresh, as the latter was politically growing in stature in Shivajinagar.
“If Baig is not behind the murder of Rudresh, he should impress upon chief minister Siddaramaiah to call for a cabinet meeting and hand over the investigation to a central investigating agency,” she alleged.
Karandlaje alleged that Baig couldn’t tolerable towards Rudresh and his political growth in the constituency, and thus, he instigated the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) activists to murder the RSS workers My Live Updates.
In response, Baig said he was ready for any sort of investigation as he had no role to play in the heinous crime.
“Having come from Udupi-Chikkamagalur, she does not know Shivaji Nagar. I am a born and brought up Shivajinagar boy. Karandlaje is trying to gain cheap publicity from these kinds of baseless statements,” he said.
Baig said, keeping the 2018 elections in mind, the BJP is trying to flare up communal violence in Shivaji Nagar and these statements were meant to divide the voters in the constituency.
“I am even considering with my legal team on filing a defamation case against Karandlaje. The BJP MP is trying to malign my name by dragging me into this murder. With the government having apprehended the culprits, the BJP has no issue to rake up and are thus keeping it alive with such statements,” he claimed.

 

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NSA Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi concluded their discussions in Hyderabad on Friday in a “friendly, open and cordial environment,” New Delhi officially stated. But it remains vague whether contentious issues like India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and designation of JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist were discussed. FILE PHOTONSA Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, State Councillor, concluded their discussions in Hyderabad on Friday in a “friendly, open and cordial environment,” it was officially stated here on Saturday.

Wide range of areas

The Ministry of External Affairs said their discussions covered a wide agenda spanning bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. It was Mr. Yang’s third visit to India in the last two months.
“The two sides agreed to maintain the pace of high-level exchanges in political, economic, defence and counter-terrorism fields. They also agreed that the forthcoming high-level engagement in counter-terrorism is yet another manifestation of growing convergence of views of two countries on this pressing challenge facing international community,” it said.

Did Azhar, NSG figure in talks?

However, there was no official confirmation on whether the two sides discussed contentious issues such as China blocking Indian’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group as also stopping Indian efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammed chief and Pathankot mastermind Masood Azhar getting banned by the United Nations.
NSA Doval and State Councillor Yang, who are also the Special Representatives on the Boundary Question of India and China respectively, agreed to hold the 20th Round of Special Representatives Talks on the Boundary Question in India next year.

Towards greater mutual trust

Mr. Doval and Mr. Yang also agreed that their consultations during which they exchanged views on various important and pressing bilateral issues have helped to enhance mutual understanding and would contribute to greater mutual trust. They agreed to continue such consultations in future.
The two sides have also appreciated that 2016 is an important year for bilateral engagement with President Xi Jinping’s visit to India for BRICS Summit and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China for G-20 Summit being the major highlights of high-level exchanges.

 

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It’s time to bring out the war paint for facing the festive onslaught ahead.
Start the skincare
Begin with some TLC towards your skin to prep it for the cold months ahead. Rethink your skincare as the weather is changing. Switch to oil-based scrubs, bring in the lip balm and start using a water-based moisturizer at night. Don’t give up on the sun blocks, but add a heavy face cream to your arsenal. Looking for some extra glow? Then sign up for treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peeling, only after consulting your skin specialist, though.
Get the look
The look is classic and traditional with a bit of (toned-down) Goth thrown in. Dark lips and nails are the accents to watch out for. Stick to colours like deep maroon, brown, burgundy and black. Makeup must-haves: black felt tip liner, highlighter and under eye brightener.

In makeup, copper is the colour of the season. A nice thin and extended black or dark brown liner to enhance the eye is recommended. Red is hot for the mouth. For hair, go for put-up styles and tied hair. Hair accessories are big – use one small but eye-catching accessory.
Men point
Men too can check in for some beauty treatments before the season starts. The hair style for the season is neat, combed and wet look styles. Messy is out. Tame or trim the beards.
(With inputs from Yatan Ahluwalia, stylist; Jojo, makeup expert, hair stylist and beauty consultant; Dr. Sapna V Roshni, cosmetic surgeon, and skin specialist; Vidya Tikari, makeup expert)

 

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New Delhi, Oct 3: A day after Indian Coast Guards apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew members off the Gujarat coast, Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) has issued the warning to states sharing a border with Pakistan. The MAC has warned states that two suspicious boats are coming from Karachi. According to MAC warning, two suspicious boats have left Karachi port and are on their way either to Gujarat or Maharashtra coast. The Indian Navy and Coast Guard have sounded and are keeping tight vigil to locate the suspicious vessels. The report of two suspicious boats coming towards Indian’s side came hours after Indian Army camp came under attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
The MAC and intelligence gave the latitude and longitude of the boats to states, Indian Navy and Coast Guards. One of the boats has developed technical snag and is holed up in Pakistani waters, said an India Today report. The MAC’s warning came a day after Indian Coast Guard apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew members off the Gujarat coast. Coast Guard officials apprehended the crew members traveling in the boat as soon as it entered in Indian waters around 10.15 a.m on Sunday.
India has been on high alert after intelligence inputs on possible attacks by Pakistan-based terror groups in the country post-surgical strike by Indian Army on seven terror launch pads along Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Tension escalated between India and Pakistan following the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) to destroy terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Indian Army neutralized a unspecified number of terrorists conducting surgical strike across Kupwara and Poonch sectors in the early hours of September 29. The military action followed the September 18 terror attack at an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir which left 19 soldiers dead and many others injured.

 

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CHENNAI , OCTOBER 24:
With demand for real estate My True Care buying and selling increasing rapidly, the need for a reliable property locator is also growing.

The Hindu has,for the first time, created an online initiative to provide property deals on the go.

The Hindu Virtual Property Fair 2016, powered by Roof and Floor, is south India’s biggest virtual property expo, for buyers and sellers to interact online.

Over three lakh unique visitors aged between 24 and 44 years have expressed interest in purchasing the property. Through this online exhibition, these buyers can reach out to reputed builders such as Hiranandani Communities, Sattva, BBCL, India Bulls, Prestige, Nova, Emami Realty, Adroit, and Wadhwa Group. LIC Housing Finance has associated as a home loan partner to provide financial support to customers.

The Hindu Virtual Property Fair 2016, will be hosted on a specially designed microsite with custom sites for all main sponsors, digital promotions, regular updates, expert advice and a realty guide. It also helps buyers view, analyse and book properties with prominent builders. It enables users to experience the magnitude of a property fair with the comfort of an online medium. To be a part of this new 30-day interactive expo, log on to http://propertyfair.thehindu.com/. A unique experience in your quest for property awaits you.

 

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