The decision by the Tamilnadu Government to issue an ordinance to permit Jallikattu on basis of public pressure is a complete mockery of the judicial system and will lead to unarchy.

There are many contentious issues before the Supreme Court which relate to religious and cultural practices.

There are hundreds of judgements related to such issues passed by the High Courts and Supreme Courts on basis of merits of the case irrespective of the public opinion.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is a central legislation and a state cannot have a legislation which is in contradiction to a central law.

Particularly after a court has reserved the judgment on the matter and was about to deliver it.

The order that rejected the review of the order in 2014 has gone into all the points being raised currently.

The court has clearly stated that mere existence of tradition can not be a reason to violate a law.

“We as activists approach the court for many reasons and so do crores of litigants, if the orders of the courts are overturned by decision of majority, nothing will remain.

I had first stopped bullock cart races in 1980 through the court of JMFC and in 2014 till ended with Supreme Court.” Says Dr Kalyan Gangwal, Founder President of Sarvajeev Mangal Pratishthan.

“The entire campaign is based on imaginary facts and without a signle statistical or factual figures on their side, so I decided to make the website www.jalikattuexposed.com to bring basic facts before the general public”.

Our team worked day and night to bring this out in 18 hours.”

Says Ashish Annachatre a PFA volunteer and owner of a software company.

An overwhelming majority of people support Jallikattu because they have been given misleading facts and do not understand anything about Jallikattu.

To raise awareness on Jallikattu and to
remove the misinformation that is being circulated, People for Animals, Pune Unit has launched a website www.jallikattuexposed.com.

The website shows how there is absolutely no relation between slaughter of animals and Jallikattu. As per 2012 cencus, there are 84 lakh bulls in TamilNadu, out of them no more than 2000 were registered for 3 years for Jallikattu.

In Tamilnadu more than 20 lakh bulls are slaughtered each year. So Jallikattu or not, the slaughter will not stop or start due to Jallikattu.

Neither Jallikattu or bull races can be held without cruelty because the basic requirement is an agitated bull without agitating the bull no event can be held.

Agitation by itself is cruelty.

Between 2008 and 2014 several attempts were made to conduct events as per already weak rules but it completely failed.

“I was the observer on behalf of Supreme Court on basis of which the judgment was passed.

I am individually aggrieved by the order and I shall be moving the Apex Court in my individual capacity and not as Unit Head of PFA Pune.” Says Manoj Oswal, Unit Head of People for Animals Pune Unit. Our draft petition in Supreme Court is almost the same as what we filed in 2016 when the Central Government had amended the PCA Act 1960 without application of mind solely to circumvent the courts.

What has only changed is, that the state government has amended a central legislation. Our key arguments in the petition are… a. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 is a welfare legislation, it can not be amended to defeat the very purpose of the act.

All sections of the act must be in coherence to the main act.

b. This is the first time in the history of India that a state government has decided to bypass the Supreme Court by legislating something to defeat its orders.

c. There is no new issue or cause of action to take such a step other than public opinion. All the arguments in favour of Jallikattu were presented before single bench of High Court, Division Bench, Supreme Court in main petition and also in review petition. In a rare case, the Apex Court gave a full hearing in open court for several months to all parties and passed a detailed speaking order.

d. The trend to undermine one order of Apex court will open a pandora’s box where hundreds of such orders of court in issues related to human rights, gender rights, rights of children, rights of women shall be frustrated and rendered useless.

e. This kind of acts not just undermine the rule of law but will also completely end the respect that the judiciary holds.

f. The Hon’ble Apex Court has given a detailed judgement running into a hundred pages solely on the importance of WRIT PETITION (CRIMINAL) NO. 57 OF 2014 Subrata Roy Sahara versus Union of India in a 207 page judgement as to how it is vital to maintain the orders of Supreme Court to maintain the rule of law.

If such ordinances are allowed, simply the country will go into anarchy. A Secretary of state without even a cabinet meeting overrides a Central legislation. This will permit all states to create their own laws against the central laws h. If the Government sought to put in place certain guidelines and balances to prevent cruelty to animals, it could have approached the Hon’ble Apex Court in the pending petition as the orders were not yet pronounced. The issue is no longer about animal rights, it is about the rule of law and the dignity of the Hon’ble Apex Court.

We are determined to fight this till the end.

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Sulochana to get the Kala Sanskriti 2017 Award.

The Kalasankriti Parivar, will be felicitating noted actress: Sulochana with its ‘ Star Off Screen Awarad”.
The award will be conferred on her on the 25th January, at the Bal Gandharva Rangamandir, Pune.
Tanuja, Jackie Shroff, Ramesh and Seema Dev will be some of the dignitaries, who would specially grace the occassion.
35 celebraties from Marathi Film and TV fraternity would be present on the eve.
The highlight of the award presentation, would be the first of it’s kind honoring the back stage performers from the Marathi Cine World.
Citation, Books and Family Mediclaim Policy worth Rs 2 Lakh would be the awards given to the 25 odd selected back stage artist from Marathi Film Fraternity.
Yashwant Bhuwad, Shivanand Akkey would be honoured with ‘ Nikop Sewa Puraskar’ Baba Mama Shinde, Praveen Joshi, Vivek Damle, Bharat Kumawat, Tanmay Pendse would be conferred with the Samaj Sanskruti awards, respectively.
Micheal Kakade, Guiness Record Holder and Marathi Film Producer would be specially felicitated on the ve.
The second year in running of the famous award.
Charudutta Sarportdar was felicitated with the honour in 2016.
Kalkasanskruti Pariwar, does the upkeep of back stage artiste in need of financial help for upkeep of their health and medical needs.
Samna Nabad 40 and Bhajan performace of Vrunda, a winner of Bhajan Sandhya from Goa state by Kala Sanskruti Pariwar are some of the high lights of their activities.

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वेदमहर्षी कै. विनायकभट्ट घैसास गुरूजी जन्मशताब्दी वर्षांच्या सांगता समारंभारात मान्यवरांची उपस्थिती

कृपया प्रसिद्धीसाठी १९ जानेवारी २०१७

वेद अध्यायनाचा, पठणाचा सर्वांनाच अधिकार – शंकराचार्य वासुदेवानंद सरस्वती

– वेद हे अनादीकालापासून चालत आलेले आहेत. गुरूकुल पद्धतीने वेदाध्यायन करून वेदांचे जतन केले जात आहे. रामायणाच्या काळाचा दाखला देऊन वेद अध्याययनाचा व पठणाचा ब्राह्मण, क्षत्रिय, वैश्य आणि शूद्र अशा सर्वांनाच अधिकार आहे असे बद्रीनाथ येथील ज्योतिषपीठाचे शंकराचार्य वासुदेवानंद सरस्वती यांनी आज येथे स्पष्ट केले. वेदमहर्षी कै. विनायकभट्ट घैसास गुरूजी यांचे दोन शिष्य कृष्ण आर्वीकर आणि मोरेश्वर घैसास यांना ज्योतिषपीठाच्यावतीने वेद विव्दद मार्तंड अशी पदवी देत असल्याचे जाहीर केले.

वेदमहर्षी कै. विनायकभट्ट घैसास गुरूजी जन्मशताब्दी वर्षांच्या सांगता समारंभारत ते बोलत होते. यावेळी योगगुरू रामदेव बाबा, बनारस हिंदू विश्वविद्यालयाच्या संस्कृत विभागाचे प्रमुख डॉ. श्रीकिशोर मिश्रा, महापौर प्रशांत जगताप, खासदार सुभाषचंद्रा, बँक ऑफ महाराष्ट्रचे अध्यक्ष रवींद्र मराठे, वेदमहर्षी कै. घैसास गुरूजी यांच्या पत्नी श्रीमती विमला घैसास, वेदभवनचे प्रधान विश्वस्त मोरेश्वर घैसास, या सांगता समारंभाचे यजमान पद स्वीकारलेले शारंगधर फार्मासिटिकल्सचे डॉ. जयंत अभ्यंकर आणि मुकुंद अभ्यंकर आदी मान्यवर उपस्थित होते. सकाळी जगदगुरू शंकराचार्य वासुदेवानंद सरस्वती यांचे आगमन वेदभवनात झाल्यावर त्यांची विधीवत पाद्यपूजा करण्यात आली.

वेदाध्यायन आणि वेद पठणाबद्दल दुजाभाव केला जातो या टीकेला उत्तर देताना शंकराचार्य वासुदेवानंद सरस्वती म्हणाले, वेद हे सर्वांसाठीच म्हणजेच सर्व समाजांच्या उत्थानासाठीच निर्माण झालेले आहे. त्यामुळे त्यांच्या अध्यय़नाच्याबाबतीत किंवा वेदपठणाच्या बाबत दुजाभाव असण्याचे काहीच कारण नाही. रामायणात श्रीराम हे त्यांच्या गुरू वसिष्ठांकडे गुरूकुल पद्धतीने वेदाध्यायन करत असताना त्यांच्या बरोबर त्यांच्याच वयाचे कनिष्ठ जातीतील विद्यार्थीही वेदाध्यायन करत होते. मात्र वेद म्हणण्याच्या पद्धती असून त्याचे उच्चार, उदात्त अनुदात्त स्वरासह होणे गरजेचे आहे. त्यामुळे इतरांसाठी असलेले वेद हे कालानुरूप त्याचे अध्ययन न झाल्याने लुप्त होत गेले. पण त्यामुळे वेद म्हणण्याचा किंवा अध्ययनाचा अधिकार इतरांना नाही असे होत नाही तर वेदाध्यायन आणि पठणाचा अधिकार सर्वांनाच आहे.

महिलाना वेद म्हणू न देण्याबाबत ते म्हणाले, यांना पुरूषांच्या तुलनेत कोलम हृदय आहे. त्यामुळे स्नेह, वात्सल्य हे गुण उपजतच स्त्रियांच्या अंगी असतात. वेदातील शब्दांचे उच्चार कठिण आहेत. या शब्दोच्चारांनी त्यांच्या कोमल हृदयावर किंवा वात्सल्यावर किंवा स्नेहावर परिणाम होऊ नये यासाठी स्त्रियांनी वेद पठण करू नये असे सांगितले आहे. योगगुरू बाबा रामदेव यांना उद्देशून त्यांनी सांगितले की या देशातील माणसांच्यात नोकरदार असल्याची भावना तीव्र आहे. त्यामुळे बाबांनी ज्या प्रमाणे त्यांच्यात योगा आणि प्राणायामची भावना जागृत केली त्याप्रमाणे यापुढे देशवासीयांच्यात नोकराची भावना नष्ट करण्यासाठी मालक असल्याची भावना जागृत करावी.

योग गुरू बाबा रामदेव म्हणाले, जो पर्यंत या देशात वेदाध्यायन करणारे विप्र आहेत तो पर्यंत वेद टिकून रहातील. त्यामुळे हा देश टिकून राहील. भविष्यात हेच वेद जगाला योग्य मार्गदर्शन करतील. मात्र वेदाध्यायन करणा-यांनी वेदध्यायना इतकेच शारिरीक आरोग्यालाही महत्व दिले पाहिजे. त्यासाठी रोज प्राणायाम, योगा करण्यासाठी दिवसातील एक तास दिले तर सर्व प्रकारच्या रोगांपासून योगा त्यांचे रक्षण करतील आणि ते त्यांचे वेदाध्यायनाचे काम अनेक वर्षे करू शकतील. जगातील लाखो इंजिनिअर, डॉक्टर, शास्त्रज्ञ यासारख्यांपेक्षा मूठभऱ संख्या वैदिकांचे, वेदाध्यायन करणा-या विप्रांचे जगाच्या दृष्टीने महत्व जास्त आहे आणि त्यांचे स्थानही मोठे आहे. कारण हे ऋषी कार्य आहे.

सर्वांना वेदाचा पाठ येणे गरजेचे आहे असे सांगून बाबा रामदेव म्हणाले, वेदामध्ये सारे ज्ञान आहे आणि विज्ञानही आहे. म्हणूनच आजच्या जगातही भारताची वेदांची परंपरा ही गौरवाचा विषय आहे. वेदाध्यायन करणयासाठी अविवाहित रहाण्याची गरज नाही कारण ही वेदांची परंपरा जपणा-या आपल्या ऋषींपैकी काहीनीं गृहस्थाश्रमही स्वीकारून वेदाध्यायन केलेले आहे. पतंजली योगपीठाच्यावतीने एक शाळा सुरू करण्यात येणार असून त्या शाळेत पहिलीपासून अन्य सर्व क्रमिक विषयांबरोबरच संस्कृतचेही पाठ दिले जातील आणि वेदांचेही पाठ शिकवले जाणार आहेत. त्यामुळे याला आम्ही भारतीय शिक्षा बोर्ड असे नाव दिले आहे. वेद पठण करणा-यांना जगातील भेद आपोआप खुले होत जातात असा आपला विश्वास आहे. यावेळी त्यांनी पतंजली योगपीठाच्यावतीने ११ लाख रूपयांची देणगी वेदभवनाला जाहीर केली आणि यापुढे पैसे कोणाकडे मागू नका पतंजली योगपीठ आपल्या पाठिशी आहे असेही स्पष्ट केले. यावेळी बाबा रामदेव यांनी सतत बैठक असणा-या वैदिकांनी चरबी कमी करण्यासाठी काय केले पाहिजे याची प्रात्यक्षिकेच करून दाखवली.

खासदार सुभाषचंदा म्हणाले, वेदामुळेच आपण पैसा कमवायला शिकलो कारण वेदात समोरचा मनुष्य कोण आहे ? तो कसा आहे हे सांगितले आहे. हेच मी वेदामधून शिकलो. वेदामुळे आपल्या स्वत:च्या वागण्या बोलण्यावरही परिणाम होतो असा आपला अनुभव आहे. आज झी १७१ देशात दिसते. वसुधैव कुटुंबकम या शिकवणुकीप्रमाणे भारतीय संस्कृतीचा लाभ सा-या जगाला मिळवून देण्यासाठी येत्या तीन वर्षात जगातील अन्य भाषांमध्ये झी चॅनेल दिसावे यासाठी आमचे प्रयत्न सुरू आहेत. महाराष्ट्र बँकेचे अध्यक्ष रवींद्र मराठे म्हणाले, गेली पन्नास वर्षे आपण नियमित योगा करत आहोत आणि त्याचा फायदाही होत असल्याने आपण आज मोठी जबाबदारी सहजपणे पार पाडत आहोत. बँक ही अशी संस्था आहे जी समाजातील सर्व थऱांशी जोडली गेली आहे. गेल्या दोन अडीच वर्षात सरकारच्या अर्थ विषयक धोरणांत चांगली पाऊले टाकली असून पूर्वी ग्राहकाला बँकेत यावे लागत होते आज बँकच ग्राहकाच्या दारात जाऊ लागली इतका मोठा बदल झालेला आहे.

गेले वर्षभर वेदमहर्षी कै. विनायकभट्ट घैसास गुरूजी जन्मशताब्दीचे कार्यक्रम देशभर करण्यात आले. या कार्यक्रमांना बहुमोल सहकार्य करणा-या त्र्यंबकेश्वरच्या मंदार पाटणकर, केदार पाटणकर, तीर्थराज घैसास, गया येथील प्रभाकर मराठे, बंगलुरूच्या रवीशंकर यांच्यावतीने हार्दीकस्वामी, गोकर्णचे वासुदेव जोगळेकर, उज्जैनचे वसंतराव गुमास्ते आणि नागपूरचे कृष्ण आर्वीकर यांचा कृतज्ञता पत्र देऊन खास सन्मान योगगुरू रामदेव यांच्याहस्ते करण्यात आला. या जन्मशताब्दीवर्षात १०१ अनुष्ठाने देशातील विविध तीर्थक्षेत्री करण्याचा संकल्प करणारे आणि वर्षात प्रत्यक्षात १५१ अनुष्ठाने करणारे मोरेश्वर घैसास यांच्याप्रती त्यांच्या शिष्यांनी कृतज्ञता म्हणून मानपत्र देऊन त्यांचा सन्मान केला. कार्यक्रमाची सुरूवात मान्यवरांच्या हस्ते दीपप्रज्वलन त्यानंतर वेदमहर्षी कै. विनायकभट्ट घैसास गुरूजी यांच्या प्रतिमेचे पूजन करून झाली. त्यानंतर मंत्रपठण झाले. कार्यक्रमाचे प्रास्ताविक डॉ. श्रीकिशोर मिश्रा यांनी केले. कार्यक्रमाची सांगता वेदमंत्रांच्या घोषात झाली. सूत्रसंचालन टिकम शेखावत यांनी केले. या सांगता समारंभानंतर चिपळूणच्या राजाभाऊ शेबेकर यांचा गायनाचा कार्यक्रम झाला.

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– वेदमहर्षी कै. विनायकभट्ट घैसास गुरूजी जन्मशताब्दी वर्षांच्या सांगता समारंभाचा शुभारंभ दीपप्रज्वलन आणि वेदमहर्षींच्या प्रतिमा पूजनाने झाला. त्या प्रसंगी डावीकडून मोरेश्वर घैसास, खासदार सुभाषचंद्रा, महाराष्ट्र बँकेचे अध्यक्ष रवींद्र मराठे, योगगुरू बाबा रामदेव.

– वेदमहर्षी कै. विनायकभट्ट घैसास गुरूजी जन्मशताब्दी वर्षांच्या सांगता समारंभात शंकराचार्यांचे पूजन करताना मोरेश्वर घैसास गुरूजी. उजवीकडे योगगुरू बाबा रामदेव.

– विशेष अतिथी असलेल्या योगदगुरू बाबा रामदेव यांच्या सन्मान करताना मोरेश्वर घैसास, त्याप्रसंगी डावीकडून डॉ. श्रीकिशोर मिश्रा, डॉ. जयंत अभ्यंकर, खासदार सुभाषचंद्रा, शंकराचार्य वासुदेवानंद सरस्वती, मोरेश्वर घैसास, बाबा रामदेव, महाराष्ट्र बेँकेचे अध्यक्ष रवींद्र मराठे,

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15th Pune International Film Festival – 2017

(12-19 January 2017)

The feature film jury consists of Ms Aparna Sen (Chairperson ), Jorge Arriagada, Jerzy Stuhr, Ms. Gowari Ramnarayan & Jens Fischer announced the following awards unanimously.

1. Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film is awarded to the Czech Republic film Lost in Munich (Ztraceni v Mnichove) directed by Petr Zelenka & produced by David Ondrícek and the prize money of Rs. 10 Lakhs is shared between the director (50%) and the producer (50%) equally.

2. Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film Director award is given to Kirill Serebrennikov for the Russian Film The Student (Uchenik) and the director gets Rs.5.00 Lakhs.

3. Special Jury Award is given to two Directors :

(a) The special jury award is given to the Director Ivan I. Tverdovsky of the Russian Film Zoology (Zoologiya)

(b) The special jury award is given to the Director Haobam Paban Kumar of the Indian Film Lady of the Lake

4. Special Mention Certificates are given to

(a) Polish Actress Agata Buzek, for the film The Innocents (Agnus Dei) and to

(b) Pieter-Jan De Pue, the cinematographer of the film The Land of the Enlightened



For its re-reading of a tragic chapter of Czechoslovakian history in an effective, humorous and zany manner, the award for BEST FILM goes to the film scripted and directed by Petr Zelenka, produced by David Ondrícek…………… LOST IN MUNICH.

the prize money of Rs. 10 Lakhs is shared between the director (50%) and the producer (50%) equally.


For its innovative lighting design and cinematography, brilliant mise en scene and acting, and its commentary on the growing religious intolerance across the world today, the award for BEST DIRECTION goes to the Russian film THE STUDENT, scripted and directed by Kirill Serebrennikov.

The director gets Rs.5.00 Lakhs


Two films totally different in form and content, share the Jury Prize.


For its metaphoric depiction of how modern developmental projects endanger human existence, the JURY PRIZE goes to the Indian film directed by Haobam Paban Kumar, …….. LADY OF THE LAKE.


For its incisive presentation of superstition and cruelty directed by society towards anyone perceived as abnormal, the JURY PRIZE goes to the Russian film directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky, ……….ZOOLOGY.

Special mention Certificates

1. For her convincing and charismatic interpretation of Maria in the French / Polish film The Innocents, AGATA BUZEK receives special mention for Best Actor.

2. For its spectacular and evocative visuals where the camera finds a distinctive style of operation in The Land of the Enlightened, the director and cinematographer of the film — PIETER-JAN DE PUE, receives special mention for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY.

15th Pune International Film Festival – 2017

(12-19 January 2017)

Marathi Cinema Competition

The Marathi Cinema Competition Jury (Mr. Goran Paskaljevic (Chairperson), Ms. Narges Abyar and Mr. Bennett Rathnayake recommends the following awards unanimously.

1. Government of Maharashtra “Sant Tukaram” Best International Marathi Film is given to the film Lathe Joshi directed by Mangesh Joshi and produced by Sonal Joshi & Mangesh Joshi. Rs.5.00 Lakhs is is shared between the director (50%) and the producers (50%) equally.

2. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Director award goes to Sandip Bhalchandra Patil for the film Dashakriya and the Director gets Rs. 25,000/-

3. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Actor award is given to Aarya Adhav the lead actor of the film Dashakriya and the actor gets Rs.25,000/-

4. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Screenplay award is given to Rajesh Mapuskar for the film Ventilator and he gets Rs.25,000/-

5. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Cinematographer award goes to Satyajeet Shobha Shreeram, the cinematographer of the film Lathe Joshi and he receives Rs.25,000/-.

6. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Actress award is given to Tannishtha Chatterjee for the film Doctor Rakhmabai and she gets Rs.25,000/-

7. Special Jury award is given to Sandeep Sawant, the director of the film Nadi Vahate (River Flows)

8. Special Mention certificate is recommended to the lead actor Padmanabh Bind for the film Ek te Chaar band.

15th Pune International Film Festival – 2017

(12-19 January 2017)

Volkswagen International Students Live Action Competition short films

The Jury watched 13 films namely (1) The Stepmother,2. Tenants, 3. Kanche, 4. Exodus,5. Angelus Novus, 6. Andhere Mein, 7. Strange Bird, 8. Homeless, 9. Kalpvriksha, 10. Pitter Patter Goes My Heart, 11. The Patriot,12. Phoolpakhru, 13. Everything Will Be Okay and recommended the following awards:

1. The Best film award is given to the film Tenants directed by Klara Kochańska & produced by Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna, Poland

2. The Best Director award is given to Eva Riley the director of the UK film The Patriot produced by National Film and Television School, UK

3. The Best Screenplay award is given to Aboozar Amini for the UK film Angelus Novus produced by London Film School

4. The best Cinematographer award is presented to Alpesh Nagar for the Indian film Kalpvriksha produced by Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

5. The Best Audiographer award is presented to Simon Peter for the USA film Pitter Patter Goes My Heart produced by Filmakademie Wien, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and Columbian University.

6. Special mention certificate is given to Patrick Vollrath, the director of the film Everything Will Be Okay produced by University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

15th Pune International Film Festival – 2017

(12-19 January 2017)

Volkswagen International Students Animation Competition short films

Best Volkswagen International Students Animation Competition ( International ) short film award is given to the French film Missing Key produced by ESMA

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Press Conferences held at PIFF Bazaar – January 18th, 2017

Arabic Movie – In Between

Speakers – Ahlam Cannan, Actor

- This is a tale of 3 young Palestinian women living at Tel-Aviv. It’s a wmn’s story told by a woman for women.

- It’s about those 3 women who are caught between hometown traditions and the big city abandon. They must pay the price for a lifestyle that seems obvious to many.

- Caught between the rock of sexism and the hard place of racism, they live neither here nor there, and go through a bittersweet journey wherein there is no looking back, but the future is far from certain.

- It’s a very fresh film. Men also go through this, however representing this women has never happen before in our country. They have never been the protagonist of the films. This construction of characters resembles to our country’s societal and religion logics.

- I could very easily connect to this character as it was without any layers of pretentions.

- The movie was released in our country very recently. It created lot of noise. Many hated it, some loved it and few believed it. Everyone is talking about it. However it’s the mirror image of society.

Marathi Movie – Firkee

Speakers – Suniket Gandhi, Director, Maulik Desai, Producer, Vishal Kakade, Writer

- This is an inspiring life based on a boy who loves kites.

- A first feature by the director – Suniket, the title means a Chakri of a kite and also depicts the life of protagonist which turns upside down.

- This films talks about a boy – how he finds his real strength, how he builds the courage and how he carves his way towards an unexpected win.

- Working with children was challenge. Keeping them focused was really difficult. Workshops were held to develop the chemistry among them which helped a lot.

- The film is scheduled to be released in May 2017 commercially.

Turkish Movie – Don’t tell Orhan Pamuk that his novel Snow is in the film I made about Kars

Speaker – Racia Adar, 2nd Unit Director

- This film has a very different perspective. Named after the great writer Orhan Pamuk and a city in Turkey.

- The film is very simple and subtle and is very fresh. One can easily see that freshness flowing throughout the film.

- It was shot entirely with locals who acted like professionals on the screen. Dialogues evolved while shooting. It had no strict directorial words.

- The film has very beautiful Azarab music and is very magical.

Malayam Movie – Manhole

Speaker – Appu Bhattathiri, Editor

- This is a film about manual scavenger. Its the extended version of the documentary made by the director.

- The film depicts the harsh reality of their world. It makes you aware of these people.

- It’s an unseen violence which has been neglected for years and not empathized with.

- The film was shot in very simple and subtle way one of the actors used to the job in his real life.

- The film was received very well in Kerala.

- The film is an experience in itself.

Hindi Movie – Pinky Beauty Parlour

Speaker – Akshay Singh, Director, Producer, Writer, Lead Actor

- The film depicts predominant social sigma which has taken deep roots in form of an obsession with fair skin especially with regards to woman in India.

- Akshay Singh is a self made producer, writer and a lead actor as well.

- Being biased on skin color is what we are taught with, it’s not by birth.

- An idea of this film came to me through a friend who was in depression having a darker skin color. It was also in news and face-book about a girl committing suicide due to this. However I feel that this issue is being faced by the world, so its universal in a way.

- Cinema is a good platform to showcase this issue so that it can reach to masses.

- Shot in Varanasi, the holiest cities of India, this film took more than 2 years to be scripted in a right manner.

- My emphasis is to unlearn this and to provoke people so that such incidents would never happen.

- Also started a social media campaign #letsunlearn


Hindi Movie – Lady of the lake

Speaker – Haobam Paban Kumar, Director

- Made out of a documentary, this is my 1st feature film. The shooting of documentary took almost 3 years while the feature was shot only in 15 days. It was a low budget film. Made with my classmates.

- Cinema evolved on its own. We didn’t have any professional actors. All the casting was done locally.

- The movie has not been released in Manipur yet however it got good response at PIFF.

- The movie has extortion, guns, fear, and psychosis. It’s about a person who has been possessed by the gun.

- It also has connectivity with nature, water and the landscape.

Marathi Movie – Ubuntu

Speaker – Pushkar Shrotri, Director, Kaushal Inamdar, Music Director, Sarang Sathe, Lead Actor, Narendra Bhide, Music Scorer

- First feature by Pushkar as a director, producer and as a writer too.

- He researched a lot before starting with this movie. Visited many schools, met school teachers and students also to get an idea about the educational system of the state.

- The story was in his mind for a long and an idea came through a friend who used to teach in rural area schools.

- Many movies have been made on school children and their love stories. But this is a story about a school and its students.

- Focusing on the most crucial challenge faced by the country – education, this film deals with education systems in rural Maharashtra.

- Children, who acted in the film, had never even seen the camera in their life. Training workshops came very handy to develop the chemistry among them.

- No children had any facial make-up throughout the shooting.

- Sarang said, “I could connect to this film as I had experienced it myself in my schooldays. I had to transfer myself physically to get into the character.”

- Kaushal said, “Composing music for this film was an experience since it was very subtle and thus very difficult to make. The tune must have been very innocent and simple. It was like a springboard for me as I had not made a single tune in that entire year”.

- Narendra said, “This movie was pure innocence showcasing smart schoolchildren. I particularly avoided using local music instruments instead focused on string instruments.”

‘The big metaphor’

By Jerzy Stuhr

Film enthusiasts and students at PIFF were in for a rare treat in the form of Jerzy Stuhr, one of the most versatile, influential and popular theatre and film actors in Poland. In conversation with senior Marathi film actor SachinKhedekar, Stuhr discussed the making of his film ‘The Big Animal’ and his craft.

The film based on Krzysztof Kieślowski’sscreenplay uses poetic metaphoric effect, which in Stuhr’s words, is “not so easy.” He said,” I really wanted to make a film on tolerance. It is my cult of ethics. It is how I was brought up and educated.” Stuhr thought one can’t talk about tolerance through a fairy tale, so he decided to make a poetic film. In the era of colour films, the film was made in Black & White on negative film.

In this film the camel,the protagonist, is just a metaphor. Mr.ZygmuntSawicki is a bank employee, who finds a camel in his yard one day.Alongwith his wife, he decides to take charge and care of it. However problems arise when family members and town authorities object to it. The film got critical acclaim for the way he brought poetic flavour in the film. The film won the Special jury Prize at the 2000 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Director of the film Jerzy Stuhr who also played character of Mr.Sawicki shared the story of making the film at PIFF here on Wednesday.

About his nostalgic experience of making the film Stuhr said, “I wanted to make film about tolerance. I am tolerant. But tolerance only works in practice, so I how does one make a film on it. Then I started looking for the ways so that I could translate this idea into the film.”Stuhr chose a small town in the Polish mountains as the setting for the film, as our tolerance is most visible there.

Everybody has right to love and break stereotypes, he said. This idea was first inspiration of making the film. Stuhr said, “If I love a camel then why should I care about others?” A camel can be a painting; a camel can be music or anything that is lovable to individual.

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Ambar Lake View- A Project By Infra Landworld Pvt. Ltd.

Own A Piece Of Heaven With Ambar Lake View

Have you always visualized your own farmhouse close to your city yet having a pollution free surrounding? Sarang Kolekar (Director, Infra Landworld) said “Infra Landworld Pvt. Ltd. a Land developing company is happy to help you build the foundation of your dream by providing you the perfect farm plots which will satisfy all your needs with their all new project “Ambar Lake View.”

The project is divided into various plots in which every plot is 1022 sq. meters. Gift yourself with blissful living in the natural surroundings as the Ambar Lake view offers the best location to spend a vacation in the arms of nature with the heavenly views of Pimpoli and Katarkhadak dams.

Mr. Kisan Patil (CMD) stated that nature is an integral part of our everyday lives. But people are going away from nature slowly. So he envisioned this project which will make sure the people stay connect and close to nature as Ambar Lake View does the same. The project takes the people from all age groups towards nature and makes them realize it’s true importance in our lives.

Mr. Sarang Kolekar aims to make the company number 1 in the category of taking delivery centric. He stated that this can be done if they give back to the nature instead of only take from it, which will then allow the people to be more connected to nature. With an achievable target of 5000 clients in the next 5 years, when looked from the other perspective, they will take 5000 people towards nature.

Enjoy your time in the mesmerizing environment and blooming atmosphere. Ambar Lake view is one point solution for all from Kids to teenagers to adults to senior citizens to spend a perfect weekend with your family. Ambar lake view offers you the canvas to paint your magical dreams, spend a perfect holiday to rejuvenate yourself and make memories for lifetime.

Why Ambar Lake View? The project promises of a spread of amenities such as yoga and meditation centre, play area for children, gym, basketball and badminton courts, fishing, boating, organic farming, nature trails and a proposed managed professionally resort, to name a few!

Ambar Lake View is a primary example of a project which not just offers top notch amenities but provides value for money. The project is located 17 kms from Hinjawadi Flyover, within a 40-45 min. drive from hustle bustle of the city life. Hinjewadi being the largest and growing International IT park blanketing the major IT and private sector companies, proximity to the Pune- Mumbai Expressway, Educational Institutes, Hospital, Mega Townships, and many such features surely draw ones attention and makes it a growing attraction for investment.

Photo Caption:

1) Ashish More (Director); Sarang Kolekar (Director); Kisan Patil (CMD); M. Ghare (Acqusition Partner)

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Treading on the Musical Path

Film Festivals are platforms where various aspects of filmmaking are explored. Music, which is an integral element of cinema, was the theme of this year’s Vijay Tendulkar Memorial Lecture at the 15th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF). The discussion saw legendary music composer Jorge Arriagada share his views on the process of music composing and the importance of sound in different film sequences. The Chilean music maestro discussed his musical journey spanning over 40 years and his experiences of working with legendary filmmakers Raul Ruiz, Barbet Sechroeder and Olivier Assayas.

Addressing an audience of film enthusiasts, aspiring music composers and students, Arriagada reminisced about the beginning of his creative journey. In his discussion, he traversed through the philosophies, sensibilities and musical inspirations of his life. Having composed tunes for more than 130 films, he has a phenomenal expertise in different genres of film music. The hour-long conversation included explanations about the various elements involved in music and sound creation.

A clip of Barbet Sechroeder’s film Inju was played during the discussion. While elaborating on his experience of composing the music for this film Arraigada said, “In Inju, the director wanted to underline the level of detailing and complexity of the story through the music. Hence, we can see that music changes with every character and movement without appearing abrupt.”

Music is an integral element in the plot of the film that adds flavor to the story. Highlighting the importance of composing sequences which capture the essence of the film Arriagada said, “Music should always be in harmony with the scenes of the film. For example, in the French film Winter Child, there are several cinematographic sequences which are purely musical. I wanted my music to reflect the emotions of the protagonist in different scenes. In my opinion, good music should help the audience to get into the emotions of the characters.”

“Cinema is a medium which encompasses many different aspects such as visuals, acting and music. It is of paramount importance that all these elements should be in harmony with each other; then only the essence of the film is conveyed to the audience,” said Arriagada. He further explained this point by saying how a film belonging to a particular era and space should have musical pieces which are sync with the same era and space. Citing the example of his film The Savage Souls he said, “A song in The Savage Souls was sung in a dialect specific to the area of France where the scenes have been shot. Also, the music of the film has a flavor of the 16th Century music.”

Music invokes emotions and sets the tone of the storyline. Arriagada discussed in detail the role music plays in conveying the unsaid thoughts of the characters. “There was a sequence in the film The Women on the 6th Floor where the character accidentally sees a nude woman. There are no dialogues in this scene which express what the protagonist is thinking. It was a challenge for me to portray this only through the film’s musical score,” he added.

Relationship between music composers and directors is crucial in the process of music composition. “When it comes to composing scores for films, ideas come from both, the directors as well as the composers. However, the former depends on the latter to enrich the depth of the sequences,” Arriagada concluded.

‘Getting International Market for Marathi Cinema’

Speakers – Neelkanti Patekar, Jitendra Lad, Meghraj Rajebhosale

Neelkanti Patekar, Film Producer and Director

- Many among us want to make a film but we never think about how our film an reach to international audience? Keeping with the time, directors and producers must try to get visibility at international level.

- More than 2000 film festivals all over the world but stick to few known Indian festivals to market our movies. We should think beyond this and take necessary steps towards it.

- Its very much possible to market Marathi films at international level however we just don’t know how o do it.

- We are misunderstood that only commercial entertainer are successful at international level. Lets us clear this confusion. Films with good content are always appreciated at international level.

- A good story with technology is very much required to market your film abroad.

- Technology is readily available in India at competitive prices compared to international level, directors and producers must make utmost use of it.

- Directors and producers must be tolerant when it comes to marketing their films abroad as it takes time.

Jitendra Lad, Film Marketing Professional

- We don’t look at international markets sincerely. We must do it now.

- The concept of digital theater should be accepted and well spread.

- The world has potential market for regional language movies; we just need to explore it.

Meghraj Rajebhosale, Marathi Film Producer and President of Akhil Bhartiy Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal

- He was also present on this occasion.

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The Organizing Committee of

Pune International Film Festival (PIFF)

Cordially invites you for the for the activities mentioned below –


Wednesday, January 18th, 2017


PIFF Bazaar,

City Pride Multiplex, Kothrud, Pune

Press Conferences / Media briefing to take place are as mentioned below–

Arabic, Hebru movie – In Between – Ahlam Canaan, Actor – 1.30pm

Marathi movie –
Firkee – Suniket Gandhi, Director- 1.50pm

Hindi, English movie –
Dev Bhoomi – Goran Palkaljevic , Director & Producer – 2.10pm

Turkish movie –
Don’t tell Orhan Pamuk that his novel snow is in the film I made about kars –Racia Adar, Director & Producer – 2.30pm

Malayam movie -
Manhole – Appu N Bhattathiri, Editor – 2.50pm

Hindi movie – Pinky Beauty Parlour – Akshay Singh, Director & Producer – 3.10pm

Manipuri movie –
Lady of the Lake – Haobam Paban Kumar, Director & Producer – 3.30pm

Marathi movie –
Ubuntu – Pushkar Sudhakar Shrotri, Director & Producer- 3.50pm

Open Forum at Dadasaheb Phalke Pavilion – 2.00pm

The analysis of Workshop and Poetry of the film – The big animal discussion with legendary Speaker – Jerzy Sturhr, a Polish actor

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Press Conferences held at PIFF Bazaar – January 17th, 2017

Malayalam Movie – Ozhivudivasathe Kali (An off day game)

Speakers – Saral Sasidharan, Director, Appu Bhattathiri, Editor

- This Malayalam film has won the award of best film in Kerala.

- The movie had no script as such. It was made from a small 6 page story. Shot in just 14 days, this film has only 80 shot. To make it as realistic as possible, dialogues were developed by the actors on their own.

- The movie is about a game which is played by 5 best friends on an off day and through this game, it represents the current political, social systems.

Sanskrit Movie – Ishti

Speakers – Dr. Prabha Gopal Pillai, Director

- This is the first Sanskrit feature film with a social message in it. Set in mid 20th century in Kerala, depicting the culture and traditions of Nambhoothiri Brahmins.

- Dr. Prabha is a Sanskrit professor who has been teaching Sanskrit past 35 years.

- Dr. Prabha said, “Sadly, even though Sanskrit is the mother language of Indian languages; doesn’t have its own place in this country.”

- Only mythical or biopic have been made in Sanskrit before. I decided to make this film as I found it pretty close to the subject.

- This film also handles theme of feminism, social injustice and conservative constraints leading to revolution.

- This movie was shot at an authentic and traditional location. The home showed in the film is a 800 year old home owned by one of the Nambhoothiri Brahmins in Kerala.

- Prabha said, “It’s not the language but the cinematic creativity that interest people. So, we must make films that say something.”

Hindi/English Movie – Bokul

Speaker – Saurav Dey, Creative Producer

- This Asamese movie is a story of 3 rural characters from diverse background.

- Director, Reema Borah got an idea about it when she came back to her hometown and found everything has been changed. It’s that experience which she has tried to express through this film.

- This film has very simplistic narrative with much deeper aspect.

- The film developed as the shooting started. Image creation too evolved gradually. The landscape offered much more to the film than expected. Thus Bokul offers more through its visual aspects than through its dialogues.

- The film has very deep emotional, psychological and spiritual references to its location.

- Tough it’s not very conventionally entertaining film as such, audience has loved it.

Marathi Movie – Nadi Vahate

Speaker – Sandeep Sawant, Director

- This Marathi movie is about saving a river which is a way to be self sufficient for the villagers.

- Sandeep researched a lot before starting this movie. He met many farmers, youngsters, environmentalists to gather the required information.

- The film developed very organically along with its screenplay, locations and characters.

- Casting this film was very crucial and Sandeep organized many acting workshops at district levels from Panvel to Panaji to get right people.

- It was biggest challenge for Sandeep to make these actors understand the concept of the movie and its social impact as the societal structures with context to the river is very vital.

Marathi Movie – Chitthi

Speaker – Vaibhav Dang, Director, Ashwini Giri, Shubhankar Ekbote and Shrikant Yadav Actors, Vishal Dange, Producer

- The main protagonist of this film is the love letter. A series of comical events and chaos begins when this letter is misplaced.

- The movie depicts general misunderstanding created by the characters featured in the film. These characters have huge impacts of daily soaps and cinema and thus any common man can also relate to this movie very easily.

- Ashwini said, “I had to unlearn myself first to play the character of an illiterate woman. The character was serious but the movie had a comic way of presenting it.”

- Shrikant was very happy to do such subtle movie after long.

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