Mumbai fest plans to educate the young in meaningful cinema

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2015 12:50 IST
(Left to right) Dibakar Banerjee, Vishal Bhardwaj, Niharika Bijli (director, PVR Pictures), Anupama Chopra, Sidharth Roy Kapoor, Kiran Rao and Smriti Kiran (creative director, MAMI)pose for shutterbugs.

There will be several firsts in the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, running from October 29 to November 5. One of them will be called Half Ticket -- which will be a treat for the children of Mumbai. Here outstanding and imaginative live action, animation and documentary features and shorts from many continents will compete for children’s jury awards.

Kids will also learn movie-making from renowned directors and writers at a special interactive session, which will aim at exposing the young to the finer aspects of cinema in the hope that they will grow up appreciating meaningful celluloid work.

In line with this educative process, The Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw will conduct a workshop for 20 chosen students, who will review some of the festival films, competing for a young critic’s award.

The Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw will conduct a workshop for 20 chosen students. (PeterBradshaw1/Twitter)

This will be followed by another workshop for young adults on November 2 and 3 where Indian directors like Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar and Avinash Arun will teach direction and editing among other things.

Director Zoya Akhtar, daughter of lyricist Javed Akhtar, will conduct workshops for young adults. (ZoyaAkhtar/Facebook)

The festival will also introduce a category of movies under After Dark -- where cult cinema will be showcased. These films will be those that have pushed the envelope -- so to say -- swinging between the unbelievable and the absurd, stretching one’s imagination to the fantastic.

Director Imtiaz Ali, known for his works like Jab We Met and Rockstar, will conduct workshops for young adults. (ImtiazAliOfficial/Facebook)

In some sort of a grand finale on October 31, a movie mela at Mehboob Studio will celebrate cinema. Creating a make-believe world of film characters, merchandising, books, DVDs and movie conversations, the mela promises to be a fascinating experience.

On October 31, a movie mela will be held at Mehboob Studio to celebrate cinema, organised by critic Rajeev Masand. (Rajeevmasand/Twitter)

Put together by critic Rajeev Masand, the mela will have Rishi Kapoor (who has grown into an excellent actor in recent times) holding a masterclass, and Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijit Joshi telling us how to produce a blockbuster. Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Ayushmann Khuranna will be part of this day-long celebration of cinema.

(Gautaman Bhaskaran will cover the Mumbai Film Festival. )

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