Veteran director Sai Paranjpye will inaugurate the opening ceremony followed by the felicitation of Saroj Khan, Reema Kagti, Shabana Azmi, Revathi and Usha Khanna, among others
The first ever Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival (MWIFF) 2013 opens tonight at the Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. The festival, to be held from October 8-14, will be inaugurated by veteran director and screenwriter Sai Paranjpye at 6pm IST. The opening ceremony will be hosted by TV actor and singer Mauli Dave.
The performers for the opening night include Shilpa Rao (playback singer), Shibani Kashyap (playback singer), Rajashree Warrier (Bharatnatyam dancer), Barmer Boys (MTV Coke Studio famed singers), Abhilasha Chellam (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa famed singer), Vaishnavi Patil (Dance India Dance famed dancer) and Steven Samuel (youngest drumming sensation).
The MWIFF will felicitate the following guests on October 8:
· Saroj Khan – Choreographer
· Shabana Azmi – Actor and Social Activist
· Usha Khanna – First Established Female in Music composition
· Reema Kagti – Director
· Advocate Samruddhi Pore – Director
. Revathi- Actor and Director
· Deepa Bhatia – Editor
· Alankrita Shrivastava (Writer, Director)
· Anjuli Shukla (Cinematographer).
Here’s the outline of the Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival 2013 schedule:
|October 8, 2013||
Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi.
|Pink carpet and Opening Ceremony||6 pm to 10 pm|
|October 9-13, 2013||Kulraj Broadway Cinema, Screen 1, The Dreams Mall, Bhandup (W).||Screening||9 am to 10 pm|
|October 9-10, 2013||Kulraj Broadway Cinema, Screen 2, The Dreams Mall, Bhandup (W).||Screening||9 am to 10 pm|
|October 9-13, 2013||Kulraj Broadway Cinema, Annex Mall, Borivali (E).||Screening||9 am to 10 pm|
|October 14, 2013||Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Peddar Road, Mumbai.||Pink carpet and Closing Ceremony||6 pm to 10 pm|
For the complete festival schedule, please visit the MWIFF website.
The festival will also have masterclasses and interactions by industry stalwarts like Nandita Das, Renuka Shahane, Anjum Rajabali, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, KU Mohanan and Kamlesh Pandey. Here’s the full list:
- Piyush Mishra (Actor, writer, lyricist, singer): Acting
- KU Mohanan (Cinematographer – Talaash, Fukrey, Don): Cinematography
- Anjum Rajabali (Screenwriter, actor, dialogue writer): Screenwriting
- Kamlesh Pandey (Writer – Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6, Aks, Zinda, Dus Kahaniya): Writing
- Anjuli Shukla (Cinematographer – first Indian female to be honoured National Award for Cinematography): Cinematography
- Alankrita Shrivastava (Writer, Director – Turning 30): Filmmaking.
- Renuka Sahane (Actor, director): Interactive Session after screening of Rita
- Nandita Das (Actor, director) : Interactive Session after screening of Firaaq
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Actor): Interactive Session after screening of Firaaq
- Pallavi Joshi (Actor): Interactive Session after screening of Rita
- Barnali Ray Shukla (Director): Interactive Session with cast of Kuch Love Jaisa
- Sumeet Raghavan (Actor) : Interactive Session with cast of Kuch Love Jaisa.
The MWIFF has the support of top Bollywood filmmakers like Farah Khan, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Gauri Shinde, Sumitra Bhave and Samruoddhi Pore and will be screening their films.
Other guests who will be present at the fest include Shaan (playback singer), Nishikant Kamat (director and actor), Sakshi Tanwar (actor), Anand Tiwari (actor), Vipul Shah (Filmmaker), Shefali Shah (actor), Ramesh Sippy (director), Kiran Juneja (actor), Pravina Deshpande (actor), Fauzia Khan (State Minister), Kishori Gadre (General Manager, MTDC), Ashutosh Ghorpade (Director, Cultural Affairs, Govt of Maharashtra), Mangesh Mohite (Joint Director- Dadasaheb Phalke Filmcity) and Sumeet Raghavan (actor-singer).
Organised by Oculus Creations and supported by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) under Government of Maharashtra, the MWIFF aims to provide a platform for female filmmakers and technicians. The closing ceremony of the festival, to be held on Monday, October 14 at the Sophia Bhabha Auditorium at Peddar Road, Mumbai, will be hosted by actor and renowned anchor Saumya Tandon.