Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Curtain Falls with 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein': 6th Jagran Film Festival, 1st to 5th July, 2015

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Closing Film of 6th Jagran Film Festival
All good things come to an end, though temporarily; when it ends a void is created - you start missing the best movies, meetings and interactions with film personalities and movie buffs like you. The 6th Jagran Film Festival ended with the screening of film 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein' by Director Nila Madhab Panda. It was well attended by the delegates and its star casts along with the rest of the team of 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein'.

Prashant, the DGM Jagran Brand
Prashant, the DGM Jagran Brand, welcomed everyone and said that he was very happy with Delhi this year, particularly in comparison to his last five years of experience. He said he was personally overwhelmed by the tremendous response and attendance Jagran Film Festival received this year. He said more than 18000 cinema lovers attended the five-day film festival with 80-90% occupancy. He also added that the response received has motivated the team to showcase more regional films next July, 2016 during the 7th film festival. The announcement received cheers from the delegates assembled.

Manoj Srivastav, the Strategic Consultant of Jagran took over from him and shared that the film festival screened 105 films during this five-day fest and their next destination is Lucknow and Kanpur. He said the journey of this film festival shall culminate in Mumbai, where the Board of Jury will declare the awards under 16 categories. The Jury Members are renowned film editor Sreekar Prasad, ad-director and cinematographer Mahesh Aney, music sensation Udit Narayan, Bollywood filmmaker Pooja Bhatt and the Malayalam film icon and the chairman of the Jury Hariharan.

Manoj Srivastav, the Strategic Consultant of Jagran
Manoj in his address also said that he was very happy to screen 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein' as the closing film of 6th Jagran Film Festival because last year they chose the film 'Water' and the group has taken the social cause of water scarcity in our country seriously. And 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein' is the natural choice that comes to one's mind to generate awareness about how valuable 'water' as a resource is to survive on this planet.

Vinod Srivastav, General Manager Jagran Prakashan
Vinod Srivastav, General Manager Jagran Prakashan, felicitated the the team of 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein' on stage. Veteran actors like Saurabh Shukla, Gulshan Grower, the film Director Nila Madhab Panda, the lead actor Kunal Kapoor were felicitated. The lead actress Radhika Apte was missed by the delegates and it was also raised by one of them. The Director shared that Radhika wanted to come but then she had a play in Mumbai. The film is scheduled to be released across the country on 21st August, 2015.

Nila Madhab Panda, the Director of 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein'
Nila Madhab Panda, the Director of 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein', said that the film is the story of a village in western Odisha, where the villagers had almost lived for three decades struggling with water scarcity. He said that he has dealt this story in a satirical manner and hoped that the audience will love the film.

Gulshan Grover
Gulshan Grover, popularly known as the  bad man was applauded  the moment he took the podium to interact with the delegates. One could hear one of the audience say loudly 'The Bad Man'. Gulshan appreciated Jagran Film Festival for being one of the most unusual kind of film fest that has the courage to take films to those cities where big shows are not held so often. The group has dared to promote and help reach good movies to people. He shared that the film 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein' is very important for him because it has a social cause. He also shared his experience of working with Nila Madhab Panda for 'I am Kalam'. According to him, Nila Madhab Panda as a director has always tried to come up with socially relevant films.

Gulshan Grover
Gulshan Grover told the delegates that he was in LA last day and he was fortunate enough to be here to attend the fest because his shoot was wrapped up on time. He expressed his excitement to watch the film with all the delegates because he hasn't seen a single frame of the movie and therefore, it is too special for him to be here.

Saurabh Shukla
Saurabh Shukla, in his comical style asked to once again applaud for him on stage which generated laughter and people cheered for him. He said he is going to see the film for the first time after the shoot and therefore, it is like meeting your girlfriend for the first time and he is curious to know whether the girl likes him or not. Saurabh said he was busy shooting for Pk, Badlapur and for some other movies as well, eating, drinking, enjoying with co-actors and filmmakers- though all the experiences were good but 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein' is the cherry on the cake for him. He said it is because Nila Madhab Panda has picturized a true story of Orissa and he said that he believes the movie will catch the attention of the people.

Kunal Kapoor
Kunal Kapoor, the lead actor in this film, while interacting with the delegates hhared that 'Kaun Kitne Paani Mei' has been a really unique film for him too. He said it comes from a world Nila Madhab Panda has experienced and a world he has never seen before. So it is very special for him.

Divya Dutta
Divya Dutta, who was there with Sreeram Raghavan at Jagran Film Festival for the screening of her film Badlapur, was asked by Vinod Srivastav to say a few words in regard to her experience with Jagran Film Festival. Divya Dutta told that she had travelled city to city taking films with Jagran. And she also said that she was happy personally to be associated with this kind of initiative. She ended her interaction with a beautiful shayari - "Jis raah mei kadam rakhe hi....'

Piyush Misra
Piyush Misra was also requested to say few words about his experience about the film festival. Piyush Misra was there to be part of his film's screening 'Playback Singer'. He in his activist and theatrical style said - "What can I say about being here, rather I am thoroughly enjoying(Bahut Mazaa aaraha hi). Inquilab Zindabad!" People urged him to sing but he humbly declined because he said he just sang in another hall for the audience after his film's (Playback Singer) screening.
Manoj, Gulshan, Nila, Saurabh, Kunal & Vinod
Vinod Srivastav in his thank you note reminisced the journey of Jagran Film Festival from the days of writing its happening on a white board to the present day. He was proud to be associated with this group since its beginning. He thanked all the delegates for promoting the the film festival and also wished them to have a very happy viewing of the 6th Jagran film Festival's closing film 'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein' with its star casts.
'Kaun Kitney Panee Mein' is the story of two villages which were divided based on caste and its customs. Both the villages has a common story for their motive behind each act they do against each other and that is the merciless killing of two lovers - Lakshmi and Dora by the then ruthless king. It beautifully and satirically depicts the haves and have-nots fight for supremacy culturally and economically. Will history rpeat and if will there be any twist this time is something to be watched and relished in a nearby theatre when the film soon hits the theatres by next month.

Post Screening and Q & A Session

Prashant, Nila Madhab Panda (Director of Kaun Kitne Panne Mein), Me & Bindu
The entire star cast was there on the stage to answer questions raised by the delegates. There were less questions and more appreciation for the way Nila Madhab Panda and team handled the story.

The team also expressed wonderful bonhomie on stage, which was actually seen on screen and in the final outcome of the movie.

Screening: Badlapur

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There was100% occupancy in the auditorium to watch Badlapur. Most of them were repeat viewers.Sreeram Raghavan, the Director and Divya Dutta added more enthusiasm to the delegates.

Sreeram Raghavan & Divya Dutta
Sreeram Raghavan  said that he would like to watch the movie with the delegates first and then engage in Q & A session after the screening. Delegates seated in the balcony wanted him and Divya to meet them there, which was humbly declined and promised them that he shall do so after the screening.

Divya Dutta the ever smiling diva shared her happiness with the audience for loving her film Badlapur and thanked for all the appreciation received for the film. She also expressed her desire to watch the movie along with the audience.

Watching Badlapur with Sreeram Raghavan, Divya & Prashant
The film 'Badlapur' has powerful performances by Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Raghu and Laik, respectively. Badlapur, which is reportedly based on a true story, see ace director Sreeram Raghavan's breathtaking depiction of the story. Divaya Dutta essays an NGO activist's role in the movie. In short, Badlapur offers the viewers cinematic excellence.

Screening: Play Back Singer
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Piyush Mishra, a singer and a song writer in real life as well does 1005 justice to the character he plays in the movie 'Playback singer' directed by Suju Vijayan. He plays the character of Ashok, a Bollywood movie playback singer and also the father-in-law of a jungle-gym architect, Ray (Ross Partridge) who is married to his daughter Priya (Navi Rawat) settled in US. Ashok had sacrificed his personal life for his career but when his success didn't match his dreams, he was devastated. Why Ashok visits US? What happens when he starts staying with his daughter and son-in-law? Is he there to salvage the relationship with his daughter? Are some of the questions one would like to find answers when the movie releases in theatres soon. Watch Piyush Mishra's first Hollywood Movie and that too so powerfully and spectacularly performed.

Q & A Session and  Piyush even sang a song 'Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Jaye Tho Kya Hi"

Me, Piyush Mishra, Bindu & Prashant

Screening: Lajwanti

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Q & A Session : Pushpender Singh (Director of  Film Lajwanti)
Lajwanti is a film based on a folk tale by the legendary Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha. It is the story of a beautiful young married woman  Lajwanti (Sanghamitra Hitaishi) whose face is hidden behind her veil who falls in love with a stranger (an eccentric person in white robes and a turban, played by the director, Pushpender Singh, himself) with whom everyday her path crosses. The film is produced by Pushpender Singh and Sanjay Gulati. It was also screened in Berlin Film Festival (Forum).

Bindu, Sanjay Gulati (Producer of Lajwanti), Pushpender Singh (Director), Me & Prashant Sehgal (a filmmaker)
Meeting both of them after the screening and listening to their passion in making this film was quite inspiring. This movie is for those people who admires and love folk stories and also can enjoy an unusual kind of story telling which Pushpender Singh has developed as a story teller in this industry. I loved the movie thoroughly because it captures an unusual love story in the backdrop of Rajasthan's desert.

My experience

The 6th Jagran Film Festival was an amazing experience and journey for me. For me it was not just watching a couple of movies, it was experiencing the experience of people who had made such wonderful and thought provoking inspiring movies. It was having a varied genre of movies to watch, talk, debate and explore further with the very own makers and actors of the movies. The initiative to bring and promote meaningful movies should stay and grow more in the coming days. Moreover, the film festival also gave me a wonderful platform to find new friends who has common interests. Thank you Jagran.