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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

‘There should be one religion’
Serena Menon, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, March 21, 2011
First Published: 14:34 IST(19/3/2011)
Last Updated: 18:41 IST(21/3/2011)

Want to have your film screened at the BAFTA Awards in London on an all-expenses-paid trip? Make a three-minute long film about ‘faith’ or ‘religion’ and you may even get an opportunity to work on a full-length feature.

That’s what Anil Kapoor’s latest project in international waters is. The actor, for the second time this year, will be judging entries sent to Faith Shorts 2011. The jury for the global film competition organised by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation will comprise of a variety of personalities, including Blair himself, Hugh Jackman, Jet Li and Kishore Lulla, group executive chairman, Eros International.

“I liked the whole idea of giving young aspirants a chance to make a film on faith and, at the same time, inculcate in them a sense of religious harmony. There anyway should be one religion, but since there are so many, they all should be respected,” Anil says.

As part of the event, young filmmakers from the age of 14 to 18 are being called upon to upload three-minute long films on YouTube. To make it accessible to everyone, those who don’t have a camera can apply to the Foundation to win one. Talking about h aving Anil on the jury for the second year running, Parna Taylor, director of projects and communications at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation says, “He is a very successful actor in India and internationally, and he had a great time judging it last year because he was very impressed by the Indian films that came in. We also wanted to demonstrate diversity on the panel.” 

While each member watches the entries individually, Anil hasn’t had a chance to interact with co-jury member Jackman, but he did see his performance at the Oscar ceremony last year.

However, he has no specific plans of meeting the X-Men actor who will be visiting the city on March 25 to give a speech at the FICCI Frames 2011. “His dancing and singing explains exactly why he is such a great performer, and I saw it first hand,” adds Anil. 

According to Parna, Blair wanted to keep the message of faith relevant to the modern world: “We thought filmmaking would be an ideal medium for young people to connect. We’re looking forward to entries from India. The ones we saw last year were very good.” The competition is open until July 1, 2011. 


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