Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles merges with India Center Foundation to promote visual storytelling

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced its merger with the India Center Foundation (ICF) to promote visual storytelling on topics connected to the South Asian community. IFFLA and ICF aim to incubate and launch an industry development program to showcase the next generation of South Asian talent to studios, funders, and media executives. IFFLA’s 22nd film festival will be held on June 27-30, 2024.

Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones says her kids grew up watching Shah Rukh Khan movies

Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones expressed her love for Indian movies and shared that her children grew up watching films like Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’. Talking to the media at the International Film Festival of India in Goa, she said, “I love the country and the people so very much. My children grew up watching ‘Om Shanti Om’.”

Malayalam film on Kerala floods ‘2018’ selected as India’s official Oscar entry for 2024

The Malayalam film ‘2018’, based on the rains and flood that hit Kerala has been selected as India’s official entry for Oscar 2024. The film, a survival drama – 2018: Everyone is a Hero – has been chosen as India’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 96th Academy Awards, making it only the fourth film from the language to be selected for this category.

Here is to the deftly accomplished Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev Kumar, one of India’s most deftly accomplished actors, would have turned 85 today. By the time he died in November 1985 at 47, he was already regarded as a truly major figure of Hindi cinema whose range as an artist was remarkable. Perhaps unlike any other actor of his generation Kumar, who was born Harihar Jhariwala, exuded a lightness of touch and beguiling lack of effort in his performances.

Your Love, a Punjabi short film to be screened in Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ festival

Your Love, a four-minute cinematic love letter to the Queer South Asian elders and their forgotten and unfinished love stories queer, non-binary, written and directed by Canadian-Indian actor Sundeep Morrison has secured a coveted spot at Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Festival, the largest, most prestigious queer film festival in the world scheduled to be held on Friday, July 21, 2023, as part of its popular shorts programming.

Celebrating the genius of Satyajit Ray through one film

To watch any Satyajit Ray movie is to watch his meticulous attention to detail. To watch his 1963 classic Mahanagar on his 102nd birth anniversary today is no different.

There is a way to describe my engagement with Ray films. Both in my mother tongue Gujarati and the language I naturally slip into, Hindi, there is an expression for my condition. मुझे सत्यजीत रे की लत पड़ी है. एक तरह से बीमारी है जिसका सिर्फ एक ही इलाज है. उनकी फ़िल्में देखना. (I am addicted to Satyajit Ray. The only cure to that addiction is to watch his films.)

Rise, Roar, Revolt and Walk Away

We have seen “RRR (Rise, Roar, Revolt)” – all three hours and seven minutes of it – in a single Netflix binge last year. Previously we were told about the outlandish special effects, and a dance tune that everybody was raving about. We were ready for, maybe, ten minutes of a quick browse before moving on. Lo and behold, we were at the end and did not realize where these hours went.

“I am Shashi Kapoor. I am an actor.”

Cutting a dashing figure in a three-piece pinstripe suit Shashi Kapoor stood in the large porch of a famous bungalow in Bombay’s Juhu area. His right hand was in the pocket of his pleated trousers and left dangling from a lower pocket of his fully buttoned-up vest. The only detail missing was a retinue of obsequious servants. In the city’s polyester humidity Kapoor did not seem to be breaking into a sweat.

PM Modi greets ‘RRR’, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ teams for winning Oscars

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated music director M.M. Keeravaani and lyricist Chandra Bose after their song “Naatu! Naatu!” from the Telugu film “RRR” won the prestigious Oscar award. Modi also congratulated the team of documentary film “The Elephant Whisperers” for winning the Oscar in the “Best Documentary Short Film” category.

Oscars 2023: MM Keeravaani’s ‘Naatu Naatu’ wins Best Original Song

‘Naatu Naatu’ picturised on Ram Charan and NTR Jr from the film ‘RRR’ made India proud again as it won the Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards. Music composer M.M. Keeravaani said on receiving the honour: “Thank you Academy. I grew up listening to The Carpenters… and here I am at the Oscars. There was only one wish on my mind… So was Rajamouli’s and my family… ‘RRR’, pride of every Indian. Thank you.”

Iftekhar: A talented artist and chess player who became Hindi cinema’s stock policeman

By Vikas Datta- Whenever Hindi filmmakers needed a canny yet commanding police officer who could devise strategies to outsmart criminals, tackle emotional subordinates, or just serve as a reasonable authority figure, there was one man they could rely on. Sayedna ‘Iftekhar’ Ahmed Sharif, famously called Iftekhar, with his chiseled features (including prominent cheekbones), air of authority, […]