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Marrakech diary

Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 05, 2012
First Published: 13:06 IST(5/12/2012) | Last Updated: 16:07 IST(5/12/2012)

Rishi boasts of Kapoor legacy
There is no denial or dispute about the Kapoors being the first family of Indian cinema, and actor Rishi Kapoor is very proud of his family’s major contribution to Indian cinema which will celebrate its 100th year next year.

“Indian cinema completes 100 years and in those 100 years, the Kapoors have a contribution of 84 years!” said Rishi, who was part of the Indian contingent at the 12th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival. “My grandfather first faced the camera way back in 1927-28, and now the fourth generation of the family is in cinema — Ranbir and my nieces. It’s a great feeling.”

The actor was overwhelmed by the recognition and honor he received at the event he that he visited for the first time. “I can understand today’s actors being recognised, but the people here also recognise actors like me, who have been with the industry for the last 40 years,” said Rishi. “They were singing songs not only from my recent films, but also from Bobby!”
 
Indian cinema is being given recognition and respect across the world, said the actor. It’s almost as though Indian cinema has become, over the years, the real ambassador of the country. “We have made films on our culture and traditions, and people all over the world love our films, so they have eventually become the true representative of India,” said Rishi.

Ranbir to visit Marrakech
After being selected as the official entry from India for the Academy Awards 2013, Barfi! has now made its way to the Marrakech Film Festival. Actor Ranbir Kapoor who awed the audience in India playing the role of a deaf and dumb, happy-go-lucky guy, will attend the festival on December 6, just before the screening of the film.

A festival insider informed us that he is supposed to share his experience of making such a path-breaking movie. He might be accompanied by Barfi!’s director, Anurag Basu.

Kashyap making best of the festival
Luminaries of the Indian film fraternity travelled all the way to Marrakech either because their films were being screened at the festival, or because they were part of the event organised to pay tribute to the Hindi film industry or both.
 
But filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who was also part of the contingent, seems to be the only person who took the festival most seriously. He spent more time watching international films than promoting himself. In fact, Anurag stayed away from all media interactions at the festival, even though his last directorial venture, Gangs of Wasseypur, is also being screened here.

The writer is at the Marrakech Film Festival by invitation.

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