Film journalist BK Karanjia, former NFDC chairman, passes away
Burjor K Karanjia, renowned film journalist and former chairman of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), popularly known as BK, passed away late Friday evening in Pune, a family friend said. He was 92 and is survived by two daughters and a son. Born and bred in Quetta, now in Pakistan, the Karanjia family moved to India after partition. BK had named his south Mumbai residence as ‘Quetta Bungalow’, which stood a short distance away from the historic Jinnah House.
Karanjia’s younger brother, Russy K Karanjia, also a well-known journalist, died five years ago. While Russy pursued investigative journalism, Karanjia pursued entertainment and film journalism. Karanjia qualified for the Indian Civil Services. He avoided film parties and had a strong distaste for them. After doing stints as a reporter, he went on to become the editor of Filmfare, Screen, Cine Voice, Movie Times and authored several books on the entertainment industry. Karanjia was the founder of the trend-setting Films Financing Corporation. He later became the NFDC chairman and set a precedent to finance high quality, low-budget movies for new and talented filmmakers, instead of doling out aid to big filmmakers or banners.Click here to read more
Rauf Ahmed, former editor of Filmfare, remembers Gautam Rajadhyaksha
The ace photographer brought in a new dimension to how celebrity portraits were shot
Gautam Rajadhyaksha, Bollywood’s most celebrated photographer, passed away after a massive heart attack in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, September 13. Rauf Ahmed, former editor of magazines like Filmfare, Zee Premiere, Screen, etc, was one of the photographer’s closest associates and among the first to recognise his talent. Rauf says, “When I took over as the editor of Filmfare in 1986, it was a very old-fashioned magazine and I revived it. Gautam had a very important role in this. He brought in a pictorial quality very rare in film magazines. Earlier, there was more focus to show the person’s achievement rather than how the picture was.” Click here to read more
‘Delhi Belly’ leads Screen Award nominations
Bollywood’s small fry Delhi Belly has bagged the maximum nominations for the 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards. The Imran Khan-starrer has picked 19 nominations, while small-budget film Shaitan follows with 15 nods. Delhi Belly, which became a winner thanks to its bold and quirky dialogues, has been nominated in categories like best film, best director (Abhinay Deo), best actor in a supporting role – male (Kunal Roy Kapur), best actor in a supporting role – female (Poorna Jagannathan), best actor in a comic role (Kunal Roy Kapur and Vijay Raaz), best ensemble cast, most promising newcomer – female (Poorna Jagannathan). The movie has also been nominated for the best background score (Ram Sampat), best music (Ram Sampat), best screenplay (Akshat Verma), best story (Akshat Verma), best editing (Hufeza Lokhandwala), best dialogue (Akshat Verma), best cinematography (Jason West), best sound design (Vinod Subramaniam and Dwarak Warrier), best production design (Shashank Tere) and best choreography (I hate you – Farah Khan). Click here to read more