Here at ScreenAnarchy we've watched Bollywood begin to expand outside of India in new and exciting ways over the last few years. Big Bollywood blockbusters regularly crack the box office top 10 in the US, and events featuring Bollywood stars can create mass hysteria as far from India as Singapore and Toronto, Canada. If you've ever wondered what it takes to break into the world of Bollywood either in front of or behind the camera, this event might be just what you're looking for. Look for special ScreenAnarchy discount information at the bottom of this post, after the press release.
Molecule Communications has put together a fascinating looking workshop weekend in NYC on October 6th-7th that is packed with amazing talent and really cool looking seminars. Among the talent represented are some of the hottest directors in Bollywood: Imtiaz Ali (Jab We Met
, Love Aaj Kal
), Madhur Bhandarkar (Jail
), and Zoya Akhtar (Luck By Chance
, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
), and one of Hindi cinema's most in-demand screenwriters, Anuraadha Tiwari (Fashion
). In addition to press conferences and speaking engagements by these shining stars, there are also really well curated workshops on everything from how best to integrate the trademark song and dance numbers into a narrative, to film promotion, to new ways of expressing passion in contemporary Bollywood.
We've been offered interviews with these huge names for ScreenAnarchy readers, and I'm going to send off a few questions to post as a follow up once the event is over. Unfortunately for me, I'm about 2000 miles away and unlikely to attend the event, however, it looks amazing, and the line up of directors is very impressive. Akhtar, Ali, and Bhandarkar have all made really impressive features that will hopefully help them get the recognition they deserve.
The Indian film industry is expanding every day, and every day there are new non-Indian names showing up in big projects. You could be one of them!
Ticket2Bollywood: India's "HIT" Filmmakers Share The Secrets of Their Craft with New York Film Fraternity, Aspiring Moviemakers, and Cinephiles
(September 13, 2012 - New York, NY) New York and Mumbai-based Molecule Communications unveils its FIRST Bollywood event in the Big Apple, Ticket2Bollywood. The two-day educational conference, themed Bollywood: Beyond the Song and Dance, features some of the most successful Indian filmmakers in the business. It also provides a platform for aspiring and established actors, directors, and producers to glean "insider" information about direction, production, script writing, and financing movies in the largest film industry in the world - Bollywood. The conference is scheduled for October 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dream Downtown Hotel (355 W 16th St., between 8th and 9th Avenues). A press conference will be held for accredited media from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, and one-on-one interviews will be made available immediately following. Media RSVP is required.
The roster of powerhouse Bollywood "household" names includes:
* Madhur Bhandarkar: National Award-winner for Best Director for Traffic Signal and director of National Award-winning movies Chandni Bar (Tabu), Page 3, and Fashion (Priyanka Chopra). At the end of September, Bhandarkar is releasing the most-awaited movie of the year, Heroine (Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal).
* Imtiaz Ali: Nominated for Best Director for recent super hit Rockstar (Ranbir Kapoor) and 2007's Jab We Met (Shahid Kapur & Kareena Kapoor). Ali also directed Love Aaj Kal and Socha Na Tha. Most recently, Ali wrote the script for Cocktail (Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone).
* Zoya Akhtar: FilmFare Award for Best Director for Zindagi Na Milege Dobara (Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif). Also directed Luck by Chance (Konkana Sen Sharma) and writer of soon-to-be-released Taalash (Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, and Kareena Kapoor).
* Anuraadha Tewari: Gold Medalist for Direction from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and script writer of Fashion, Jail, and soon-to-be-released Heroine.
"At a time in our film history when Bollywood and Indian independent movies are in the international media spotlight, whether it is at Cannes, Sundance, or at the Oscars," says Molecule Communications Director Ajay Shrivastav, "we want to educate anyone who is interested in Bollywood about what it takes to make a film a 'hit.' Our films have gone beyond the Bollywood that portrayed couples 'fake' kissing surreptitiously behind trees or having arranged marriages because they had no choice. This young crop of directors and writers is capturing the 'truest' sense of what it means to grow up Indian in a global world, and we are thrilled to be presenting all of them together for the first time in the United States during the 100th year of Indian cinema."
TICKETS ARE LIMITED!!! Student tickets are $250 and general admission is $300 for the two-day conference. To register for the conference, please visit www.ticket2bollywood.eventbrite.com. If participants register by Sept. 25th, they are entered to win one of FOUR coveted seats at a private breakfast with the filmmakers on Sunday, October 7. For the complete schedule of panels discussions and speaker information, please visit www.ticket2bollywood.co. To find out more about Molecule Communications, please visit www.molecule.co.in.
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