Bollywood art directors News
Shahrukh Khan is brand ambassador for Prayag Film City
The Prayag Group, with interests in infrastructure, hospitality and film production, Wednesday roped in Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan as the brand ambassador for its upcoming Rs 1,000 crore state-of-the-art film city. “I belong to the industry and projects like this build its future; so I’m very happy to be the ambassador for the film city,” King Khan said in a statement. The Prayag Film City is coming up at Chandrakona in Midnapore district. Its first phase will be opened April 15. To be completed in two phases, the project is envisaged as an integrated film city complex and one-stop entertainment destination across 2,700 acres. It has been designed by eminent Bollywood art director Nitish Roy.
“This mega project comes up just at this juncture when the entire film industry looks up to better facilities, comfort and convenience in order to create and showcase more quality products worldwide,” said Avik Bagchi, managing director, Prayag Group.Click here to read more
Art director Ashish Lakhia passes away
Ashish Lakhia, one of the most talented art directors known for his work in Mirch Masala and Maya Memsaab, passed away in Ahmedabad Sunday of multiple organ failure that began with his lung giving way. Other complications followed. He was 49. He worked with his mother Meera Lakhia. His brother Aditya Lakhia, known for playing Kachra in Lagaan, said that their parents have taken his death very badly. “Since he lived with my parents in Ahmedabad while I live in Mumbai, my parents have taken his death very badly, specially my mother who was very close to him,” said Aditya. “My brother was a true artiste. He followed his heart wherever it took him. He did the art direction in Rihaee and Mirch Masala with my mother. Then he made many documentary films. He was predominantly a painter. He had an exhibition at the Jehangir Art gallery about 20 years ago which was very well received,” he added.
A close friend of Ashish, actor-filmmaker Amole Gupte said: “Ashish Lakhia was a lot more than an art director. He was a painting prodigy as child. In fact, he inspired me to become a painter. A truly gifted artist and an intellectual.” Gupte says that he whenever he’d visit Ahmedabad, “I’d stay with Ashish and his parents Meera and Snehal Lakhia who are truly the best parents in the world. Their home is open to guests any time. For me, it is an irreparable loss. He was a friend, inspiration and a beacon of hope and an angel whenever I was in distress.”Click here to read more