Film and Television Institute of India News
Bollywood condemns the arrest of FTII students protesting against Gajendra Chauhan!
Social media was abuzz as B-towners extended support towards the arrested FTII students…
Bollywood celebrities Shekhar Kapur, Rajat Kapoor, Hansal Mehta and Resul Pookutty criticised the arrest of five students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from its campus on charges of rioting. Click here to read more
Dibakar Banerjee: The FTII issue is not only about Gajendra Chauhan!
The ace filmmaker opens up about the recent controversies…
The protest of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students has crossed 35 days now but is not only targeted at chairperson Gajendra Chauhan for “lack of qualifications” but against other crucial appointments too, says director Dibakar Banerjee. Click here to read more
AR Rahman is my spiritual guru: Resul Pookutty
The Oscar Award-winning sound designer says once you make it big internationally, people in India think you’re too snobbish or expensive to hire. In an exclusive chat with BollywoodLife, Resul also talks about his projects including his Oscar-nominated film The Good Road, Rajinikanth’s Kochadaiiyaan, his relationship with master composer AR Rahman, and how Irrfan Khan had predicted he would have no takers in India…
He’s unassuming, accessible and cheerful – you wouldn’t think you’re speaking to an Academy Award-winner and virtuoso sound designer until you realise the depth of Resul Pookutty‘s knowledge and experience. And yet he has no airs and his answers are unrehearsed. When asked if the Slumdog Millionaire victory at the Oscars increased opportunities for him in Hollywood and also back home in India, he confesses, “I’m not getting any work in India, which is quite sad…people think I’m too snobbish or expensive because I’ve won an Oscar.” In the same vein, he says that he’s forgotten all about winning that so-coveted Academy award!
Resul indulges in frankspeak with BollywoodLife Click here to read more
Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today!
The first couple of Bollywood have been together for 40 long years. We take a look at Amitabh-Jaya’s life and some of the memorable films in which they were an onscreen couple
Their love story is as legendary as their fame and success in Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan have been married since June 3, 1973 and will complete 40 years of togetherness today. What makes them so special? Click here to read more
Resul Pookutty book Sounding Off review: Not just sound and fury
Read the review of Oscar Award-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty’s autobiograpy
He may be ‘India’s best known sound designer and audiographer’, as the book jacket says, but Resul Pookutty sounds just like a lad from a small village set deep into the backwaters of Kerala. It could be straight out of Swami and Friends, or Malgudi Days, that RK Narayan classic made for television. The way he tells it (in translation by KK Muralidharan), life was a bucolic existence, full of masti and replete with good things to eat and scoldings — and more — from Umma, Pookutty’s mother. Click here to read more
Pune’s FTII to get Institute of National Importance status
The Film and Television Institute of India is a premier government-run film school in the country
The Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) will soon be declared an ‘Institute of National Importance’ by the government, the Lok Sabha was told on Tuesday, December 18. Click here to read more
Cinematographer Rajen Kothari passes away – Bollywood tweets
Kothari had worked on movies like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Ghayal, Zubeidaa and the more recent one, Tukaram
Ace cameraperson Rajen Kothari, also head of Cinematography at Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International film school, died in Mumbai on Wednesday (September 26) due to cardiac arrest. He was 60. People from Bollywood and the media associated with Kothari tweeted condolence messages, including Ghai and Shabana Azmi. Click here to read more
Mani Kaul: RIP
It is with profound sadness that Cineswami notes the passing of Rabindranath aka ‘Mani’ Kaul, a true auteur of Indian cinema. Bollywood fans may not have heard of him at all, save the tenuous connection with Shahrukh Khan
In 1991, Kaul made a television mini-series Ahmak (Idiot) based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s masterwork and Khan had a key role in it. This was, of course, long before Khan attained superstardom. In 1975, Kaul made the masterly Duvidha that was remade in 2005 by Khan’s Red Chillies production house as Paheli, starring Khan himself in a double role alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji. Paheli was ostensibly directed by Amol Palekar but in reality it was ghost directed by Khan. Click here to read more
Cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan gets ASC membership
Sivan is the first South Asian to be selected for membership to the American Society of Cinematographers
Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan last week became the first South Asian to be given the prestigious membership of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his outstanding work. The ASC membership is extended to individuals through invitations from existing members. Click here to read more
Happy birthday, Shabana Azmi!
Birthdays are just one year gone by, says the Godmother actor who is in a serene state of mind
Actor Shabana Azmi celebrated her 61st birthday at Khandala hill station near Mumbai on Sunday. “Its v early in d day and so many birthday greetings! Thanku so much all..inshallah aaj ka din khushgawar hoga,” tweeted Azmi on Sunday. She and her family, including husband and poet Javed Akhtar, drove to their Khandala home on Saturday. Click here to read more
Mani Kaul passes away
Noted filmmaker Mani Kaul, a pioneer of ‘new’ Indian cinema, passed away this morning in New Delhi
Mani Kaul, 66, died this morning at 1am at his home in New Delhi after a prolonged illness. He had been hospitalised earlier and was discharged on Tuesday night, his family said. Born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, to a Kashmiri family, Kaul was ranked among the filmmakers who contributed to ‘new’ Indian cinema with their exemplary productions. His uncle was well-known actor-director Mahesh Kaul. Mani Kaul began his career with Uski Roti (1970), which won him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film. His Ashad Ka ek Din (1971), Duvidha (1973) and Idiot (1992), starring Shahrukh Khan, also won honours. Click here to read more