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The fourth day of the 13th Mumbai Film Festival continued to enthrall cinema buffs. Unprecedented numbers of film goers and cinema enthusiasts thronged the cinemas. Accompanying the audience for the movie screenings were celebrities such as Ashutosh Gowarikar, Vishal Bharadwaj, Shabana Azmi, Makarand Deshpande, Divya Dutta, Sakshi Tanwar, Raj Zutshi, Brijesh Hirjee, Pravesh Rana, Onir, Satish Kaushik, Irawati Harshe and Aly Khan amongst many others.
The star cast of ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’, which was screened at the festival were also present. In attendance were Raj Zutshi, Divya Dutta, Divya Jagdale and the magnificent kids. The surprise announcement of the film winning the best actor award at Children Young Audience SCHLINGEL made here left them all overwhelmed. Divya Dutta shared how all of them learned from the kids and lived their childhood again. She said, “It was like going to school again. When I asked Amole to give me a script he gave me a 4th std text book to read.”Raj added, “Stanley for me is very organic. It has crossed borders. Great works come out of constraint and restrain”.
The open forum discussion for the day was on ‘Room for Independent Cinema today’ that saw noted producers Madhu Mantena, Sunil Doshi, director Aijas Khan and Film Curator Ian Birnie discuss the increasing demand for independent cinema.
Madhu Mantena explained that there are actors and talent who are receptive of working with independent producers. He said, “The biggest stumbling block is the talent that we are working with, fail to understand independent producers. We have not collaborated well with each other. The role of a producer is often not more than a financer.”
Sunil Doshi producer of movies such as ‘Bheja Fry’, ‘Mixed Doubles’ to name a few, added light on the system. He said, “I have not lost a single penny on any movies that I have produced. There is definitely space for independent cinema to co-exist. It’s crucial to have your budgeting in place and also involve as many team members as possible from the scripting stage itself.”
Makarand Deshpande the director of ‘Miss Sundari’ which was also screened at Mumbai Film Festival today said, “I have portrayed death auspiciously in my film. I make films to put life into them. Cinema is a medium to express”.
Furthermore seen at the festival’s Mumbai Film Mart were Saakshi Tanwar and Anand Tiwari whose film ‘Bawra Mann’ and ‘O Re Manvaa’ was showcased. In attendance at the Mart were the representatives of all major Production houses. A staggering hundred meetings took place today at the mart and over thousand odd meeting requests were put forward. In the two days over 300 meetings have been carried out. Nishit Desai and associates’ team of legal experts were present at the Mart offering free legal consultations.