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Mr Ahmad Faiyaz with his book ‘Bestseller’.

‘Bestseller’ launched by Ahmed Faiyaz

Pune: Ahmed Faiyaz, bestselling author of Another Chance and Scammed, has launched his comeback comic satire, aptly titled “Bestseller” at Crosswords Aundh today.

“Bestseller” has an entertaining and unique plot. It depicts the inside happenings of the publishing industry in a very humorous tone. The theme is set within the first few pages of the book, when the protagonist has one year to turn around a failing publishing business.

The story is about Akshay who is sent to Mumbai from London in order to attempt to revive Kalim Publishing, a company that was once at the top but is now in deep trouble.He has to find a way of making a success out of books he would never publish or would never even read. To complicate things further, he has to contend with motley crew of has-beens and misfits working for the publishing house as well as wannabe writers, dealing with their follies and derisive tactics, and battle his own affections for Zorah Kalim, the impulsive daughter of his former boss.
Will he succeed in bringing out that one ‘bestseller’ from his publishing house? And what about his own life and love in office? Find out in this riveting read.The author has depicted the way things work in the publishing industry by way of Akshay’s struggles.

Ahmed Faiyaz was born and raised in Bengaluru and completed his studies in Pune. He has also written the bestselling Love, life & all that jazz, Another Chance and Scammed, and is the editor of Urban Shots series.

Speaking at the booklaunch event, Ahmed Faiyaz said- “Apart from being a passionate writer, I enjoy film-making and traveling to lesser-known destinations to better understand life and the times we live in.” He lives and works in Dubai, with his two boys and their tabby cat named, Bob.

श्री क्षेत्र सम्मेद शिखरजीकडे

पुण्यातील सहा जैन युवक सायकलवरून रवाना

पुणे व परिसरातील सहा जैन युवक सकाळी 5.30 वाजता सायकल वरून जैन धर्मियांचे झारखंड येथील तिर्थक्षेत्र श्री क्षेत्र सम्मेद शिखरजीकडे रवाना झाले. निगडी येथील जैन मंदिरात दर्शन घेऊन त्यांनी सायकल यात्रेस प्रारंभ केला. प्रकाश शेडबाळे, सुदीन खोत, धनंजय शेडबाळे, संजय नाईक, धनंजय चिंचवाडे आणि अजित पाटील या सहा तरूणांनी ‘सद्भावना पर्यावरण सायकल यात्रे’चे आयोजन केले असून सुमारे 2100 किलोमीटरचा सायकल प्रवास करून हे तरूण दिनांक 1 फेब्रुवारी रोजी झारखंड येथील मधुबन – श्री सम्मेद शिखरजी येथे पोहचतील. पुणे येथून निघून अहमदनगर, औरंगाबाद, लोनार, कारंजा, वर्धा, भंडारा, राजनंदनगाव, पाटेवा, बारगड, सुंदरगड, गुमला, गोला आणि मधुबन (श्री सम्मेद शिखरजी) असा त्यांचा प्रवास असणार आहे. रोज सुमारे 150 किलोमीटर सायकल प्रवास करण्याची त्यांची योजना आहे. वाटेत प्रवासात ग्रामस्थांना जांभूळ व पेरूची रोपे ते देणार असून सर्व धर्मिय सद्भावना व अहिंसा यासाठी प्रार्थनाही करणार आहेत. पुणे व परिसरात दिगंबर जैन मुनिश्री पुलकसागर महाराज यांचा चार्तुमास आयोजित करणार्‍या सकल जैन वर्षायोग समितीचे हे तरूण सदस्य आहेत. मागील वर्षी त्यांनी पुणे ते श्रवणबेळगोळ (कर्नाटक) अशी सायकल यात्रा केली होती.

पुणे ते मधुबन (श्री सम्मेद शिखरजी – झारखंड) असा सायकल प्रवास करणार्‍या या सहा तरूणांना आदल्या दिवशी मॉडेल कॉलनीतील एचएनडी जैन बोर्डिंग येथे समारंभपूर्वक निरोप देण्यात आला. सकल जैन वर्षायोग समितीच्या अध्यक्षा धर्मानुरागी शोभा धारीवाल यांच्या शुभहस्ते हा निरोप समारंभ संपन्न झाला. या कार्यक्रम प्रसंगी जैन सहयोगचे अध्यक्ष व सकल जैन वर्षायोग समितीचे कार्याध्यक्ष मिलिंद फडे यांनी स्वागत व प्रास्ताविक केले. ‘या सर्व तरूणांनी आपला व्यवसाय व संसार सांभाळत जैन तिर्थक्षेत्रांना सायकलवरून जाण्याचा केलेला हा संकल्प अनुकरणीय आहे.’ असे ते म्हणाले.

याप्रसंगी सर्वांना शुभेच्छा देताना शोभा धारिवाल म्हणाल्या की, सर्व सुखसोयी उपलब्ध असताना ही सायकल वरून जैन तिर्थक्षेत्रांकडे जाण्याचा या तरूणांचा हा संकल्प निश्चितच प्रेरणादायी आहे. याबरोबरच सद्भावना आणि पर्यावरण याचा संदेशही ते प्रवासात देणार आहेत ही आनंदाची बाब आहे. धर्मश्रद्धा आणि साहस याचा आदर्श मिलाफ असणार्‍या या सायकल यात्रेपासून प्रेरणा घ्यावी असे आवाहन त्यांनी केले.

या प्रसंगी सुजाता शहा, जितेंद्र शहा, अतुल शहा, विरकुमार शहा, सुरेंद्र गांधी, डॉ. कल्याण गंगवाल आदी उपस्थित होते. तसेच एचएनडी जैन बोर्डिंगचे सुमारे 100 विद्यार्थी उपस्थित होते.

फोटो : Cycle yatra

फोटो ओळ :

1. पुण्यातील निगडी जैन मंदीर येथून सहा तरूणांनी मधुबन – श्री सम्मेद शिखरजी (झारखंड) येथ पर्यंत ‘सद्भावना पर्यावरण सायकल यात्रेस’ प्रारंभ केला. त्यांना धर्मानुरागी शोभा धारिवाल यांच्या हस्ते निरोप देण्यात आला. सोबत जैन सहयोगचे अध्यक्ष मिलिंद फडे.

Hypothermia is a major cause of mortality during winter in India

Avoid hypothermia in this winter by taking certain necessary precautions

: According to a recent report, about 44 people died in Delhi between 1 January and 6 January, including a two-year-old child due to the cold weather conditions. Several of these deaths may probably be due to a condition called hypothermia.

Hypothermia is generally defined as having a core body temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and can occur when the outside environment gets too cold or the body’s heat production decreases.

“People can die of hypothermia in the winter season. Imagine a situation when you come across people lying in an area with no clothes early in the morning. One of them is shivering and the other one is not. The one who is shivering indicates that his body is trying to compensate with the low body core temperature. The other one, who is not shivering, may be dead, dying or normal.

Recall your naturopathy teaching Sar Thanda, Pet Naram and Paon Garam. If the sole of the feet and the feet are cold and the person is not shivering, this is a medical emergency. On the contrary, if the person is not shivering and the feet are warm, it is not medical emergency. Therefore, hypothermia with no shivering and hyperthermia with no sweating are bad signs.”

An individual may suffer from hypothermia if he or she has been exposed to cool temperatures and shows one or more of the following signs: slowed or slurred speech; sleepiness or confusion; shivering or stiffness in the arms and legs; poor control over body movements; slow reactions, or a weak pulse.

“In hypothermic deaths, a person can be revived even after hours of cardiac arrest.

Only once the body temperature is brought back to normal CPR will be effective.

That would mean that consciousness gets frozen and does not leave the body when the temperature is below 35°C.

This forms the basis for induced hypothermia after death to revive the brain.”

Some tips from HCFI

Here are a few tips to help older people avoid hypothermia.

· Make sure your home is warm enough. Set the thermostat to at least 68 to 70 degrees.

· Even mildly cool homes with temperatures from 60 to 65 degrees can lead to hypothermia in older people.

To stay warm at home, wear long underwear under your clothes, along with socks and slippers. Wear several layers of warm loose clothing to help trap warm air between the layers. In India, wear a monkey cap.

· Use a blanket to keep your legs and shoulders warm and wear a hat or cap indoors.

· When going outside in the cold, it is important to wear a hat, scarf, and gloves or mittens to prevent loss of body heat through your head and hands. A hat is particularly important because a large portion of body heat can be lost through the head.

· Check if any prescription or over-the-counter medications you consume can increase your risk for hypothermia.

· Remember hypothermia with no shivering is a bad sign


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Invitation for Certificate Program on ‘Criminal Law: Practice and Procedure’ in ILS Law College community

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Dear Adv Vikram Singh Chadha,
Here is invitation for you to attend Certificate Program on ‘Criminal Law: Practice and Procedure’.
Certificate Program on ‘Criminal Law: Practice and Procedure’

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 5:30 +05:30

At ILS law College

About The Course:
The ILS Law College is organizing a 7 session’s certificate programme on ‘Criminal Law: Practice and Procedure’. This program aims at sensitizing the law students and budding lawyers in the technique of learning and understanding the Criminal Procedure law and the practice of it in the courts as well as the role of the investigating agencies such as CID, CBI etc.
The course commences from Tuesday, 29th January till 3rd February 2019.
Resource Persons:
Judges from the High Court and District courts of Maharashtra, Renowned practicing lawyers from Pune, Mumbai and Delhi.
Laxmi Building,
ILS Law College, Pune
Registration Open: From 9th January to 29th January 2019
Registration Fees: Rs.4237.29 +Rs.762.71/- = Rs. 5,000/- (Five Thousand only) + Reading
(Attendance is compulsory for all the sessions; otherwise certificates shall not be awarded.)
Payment Mode: Online Only
Payment can be done online through Direct SBI,

Book Launch titled “Bestseller” by Ahmed Faiyaz.

The “Bestseller” is about a boy named Akshay who finds himself in a job where he has to do impossible. Will he succeed in bringing out the bestseller and what about his own life?

Ahmed Faiyaz is the bestselling author of Love, Life & All That Jazz…, Another Chance, Scammed and the editor of the Urban Shots anthologies.

He was born and raised in Bengaluru. Apart from being a passionate writer, he dabbles with film-making and travels to lesser-known destinations to better understand life and the times we live in.

He lives and works in Dubai, with his two boys and their tabby cat named, Bob.

Date: Monday, 21st January, 2019
Venue: Crosswords Aundh, Pune
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On behalf of Anna Idli, they are celebrating National Youth Day!

The organizers have made a very impressive replica of Shanivar wada in food item like Idli and Meduvada.

Today’s youth is the future of the country. The country’s development is dependent on the development of the youth. In order to reach the thoughts of Swami Vivekananda to more and more people, Anna Idli’s three restaurants have been decorated with Vivekananda’s inspirational thought boards, wall paintings and beautiful flowers and attractive decorations and cultural aspects.

“All incoming customers are being given a small book as a gift which is called “Call to Nation” of Swami Vivekananda, along with South Indian flavored foods and the highest service.” Said the Managing directors Shantesh, Prashant Shetty, amol Lavte & Sumit Matbhavi. They also said “ we believe that positive and enthusiastic ideas will definitely get accelerated through this initiative. .in celebrating this event all the incoming customers are served a dish called “Paisam”, free of cost, which is well known dish in South India.

Swami Vivekananda’s thought and teaching is great treasure to India’sculture and tradition. & Anna Idli is doing their best to protect these thoughts and reach culture for the youth and society.

talking about the efforts of Anna Idli in the field of healthy food items of Indian culture. Actress & Girl’s Hostel fame Purnima Dey told reporters that “Anna Idli is educating the youth on Swami Vivekananda’s thought, and giving a book to each and every custumer is the need of the time & my good wishes with the team.”

Legacies: The Changemakers of Pune to be honoured on 19th January 2019

Pune; January 18, 2019: The stage is set to recognize those who have made vast contributions in their respective fields and have been instrumental in putting Pune on the global map. These awardees will be honoured at ‘Legacies: The Changemakers – Inspiring the Future 2019’, sponsored by Vascon on January 19 at the Windermere poolside, Pune. The event is created and curated by Withanelle Incorporated and organized by Secure Giving in aid of Concern India Foundation. The event is co-sponsored by Sula Wines, Oxyrich, Inspirations PR and Vivanta by Taj.

This event promises to be a one of its kind tribute to Pune and the many people that make it special. ‘Legacies: The Changemakers’ has been conceptualized to recognize men and women from across the cities of Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Nasik who have forged forward and further in their fields. The awardees hail from diverse fields of sports and arts, literature and fashion, medicine and hospitality. Honouring them will be the doyen of Vascon, Mr R. Vasudevan, national award winning actor Ajinkya Deo and other prominent presenters.

The following luminaries will be felicitated for putting Pune on the global map:
· Industrialist and Chairman of the Malhotra Weikfield Foundation, Bahri Malhotra,
· The father of Indian body building, Madhukar Talwalkar
· Sultan of Style and the force behind More Mischief, Late Deepak Shah
· Driving force behind Prashanti Cancer Care Mission, Laleh Busheri
· Dr. Sandip Soparrkar, he’s India’s premier Latin American ballroom dancer
· Restaurateur and Philanthropist, Praful Chandawarkar
· Glass and mirror artist, Rusi Rutnagar
· Adventure sports enthusiasts and paragliders, Avi Malik and Anita Deshpande
· Former Grasim Mr. India, model, actor and philanthropist, Raqesh Bapat.
· Sheetal Bapat, Bharat Desadla and Sandeep Mahajan who are co-founders of the initiative Shyamchi Aai
· Leading cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Manoj Durairaj
· Entrepreneur, Social Worker, Art Connoisseur, Parul Mehta
· Sunder Iyer, the youngest Secretary Of Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association
· Fashion photographers-turned-filmmakers, Bunty & Prashant
· Educationist and Founder of the Academy of Learning and Development, Arti Deo
· Dr. Manju Hundekar, Principal, the School Of Fashion Technology (SOFT).
A performance by renowned flautist Milind Date will set the mood for the evening.

17th Pune International Film Festival – 2019
(10-17 January 2019)

The following awards have been declared during the Award function today ( 17th Dec 2019) by the respective juries :

Marathi Feature film awards:

The Jury headed by Thorsten Schutle and members B. Lenin & Joseph Israel Laban have announced the awards after watching seven Marathi feature films namely Naal, Chumbak, Bodhi, Bhonga, Khatla Bitla, Dithee & Mulshi Pattern.

1. Government of Maharashtra “Sant Tukaram” Best International Marathi Film is given to the film Chumbak (English Title The Lottery ) directed by Sandeep Modi and produced by Naren Kumar & Aruna Bhatia. Rs.5.00 Lakhs 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 Sumitra Bhave for the film Dithee ( English title Seeing ) and the Director gets Rs. 25,000/-

3. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Actor award is given to Swanand Kirkire the actor of the film Chumbak (English Title The Lottery ) and the actor gets Rs.25,000/-

4. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Screenplay award is given to Saurabh Bhave & Sandeep Modi for the film Chumbak (English Title The Lottery ) and they get Rs.25,000/-

5. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Cinematographer award goes to Dhananjay Kulkarni, the cinematographer of the film Dithee ( English title Seeing ) and he receives Rs.25,000/-.

6. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Actress award is given to Devika Daftardar for the film Naal ( Englidh title The Umblical Cord) and she gets Rs.25,000/-

Citations for Marathi Competition films

Best Film – Chumbak by Sandeep Modi

Sandeep Modi’s Chumbak puts at test the integrity of two street smart friends who, out od necessity, ripped off an autistic villager that has stranded in the city of Mumbai. What follows is an emotional roller coaster that keeps the audience on its toes up to the very last minute. From the ensemble of actors – that by the way have great potential to become serial heroes – to the plots, the locations, the set design and dialogues; Modi masters everything with great souvereignty and without loosing focus on the characters’ inner journeys. The way he orchestrates the character of the mentally ill Prasanna is full of finesse and sentiment. From the very beginning the film comes right to the point and from there keeps the speed with a panache that is breath-taking. Sandeep Modi’s Chumbak is a warm hearted, charming and compelling film with a great sense of realism, full of humour and love for his characters.

Rupees 5.00 Lakhs is shared between the director (50%) and the producers (50%) equally.

BEST DIRECTOR – Sumithra Bhave for the film DITHEE

For uncompromisingly crafting a powerfully moving film that gracefully contemplates the elaborate interplay of faith, loss and the transient nature of life, while dealing with the realities and minutiae of daily life in a monsoon-ravaged Marathi community; and for its effective use of editing and music that reflects the spiritualism and contemplative nature of Marathi cinema – the BEST DIRECTOR AWARD goes to SUMITHRA BHAVE for DITHEE.

the Director gets Rs. 25,000/-

Best Male Actor – Swanand Kirkere

Prasanna, a mentally handicapped villager falls victim to an SMS scam of two juvenile deliquents. Swanand Kirkere’s screen incarnation of Prasanna is full of surprises. A daring challenge with lots of mantraps that he masters with distinction. Not only is his incarnation of this lost soul full of love and respect for the meek, Kirkere also understands to oscillate between the manifold moods of this main character. Be it witty, desperate, charming or full of anger, it is the complexity of this role that contributes grately to the unexpected nature of Chumbak – The Lottery, the actor gets Rs.25,000/-

BEST ACTRESS – Devika Daftardar

For her powerful yet quiet portrayal that evokes the steadfast inner strength of an adoptive mother struggling to keep her family together while caring for a stubborn and curious young son amidst the complex realities a small rural Marathi community – the award for BEST ACTRESS goes to DEVIKA DAFTARDAR from the film NAAL. The actress gets Rs.25,000/-

BEST SCREENPLAY – Saurabh Bhave and Sandeep Modi

For effectively telling a deceptively simple coming-of-age story that escalates organically into a complex and textured portrait of contemporary Marathi society as told from the perspective of two young teenage boys forced to embark in a life of petty crime the BEST SCREENPLAY goes to SAURABH BHAVE and SANDEEP MODI of CHUMBAK. The screenplay writers get Rupees 25,000/- in total

Best Cinematography – Dhananjay Kulkarni

Atmospherically dense and intense, close to the people, soulful, wistful, Dhananjay Kulkarni’s camera captures the most intimate moments of Ramji, a humble iron smith, who just lost his son, with great respect and devotion. In the course of the film the mourning father despite his despair slowly finds his way back to life. If there is a visual language for life in transit, for endurance and bearing you can find it in Kulkarni’s work. The images are almost meditative, they take their time, they go against the grain and slowly but surely unfold the silent beauty of this story with an intensity that is deeply uplifting and healing.

The cinematographer gets Rupees 25,000/-

World Cinema Feature Film Awards:

The Jury headed by Kamalesh Pandey and members Prasanna Vithanage, Christer Holmgren, Daniela Ciancio & Shabnam Gholikhani have announced the awards after watching Fourteen world competition feature films namely SLY ;THE RED PHALLUS;Earth; A Translator ;THE MAN WITH THE MAGIC BOX;MY OWN GOOD; Too Much Info Clouding Over My Head;From Where We’ve Fallen;DOMESTIQUE;GIRLS OF THE SUN;Our Time;DONBASS;POISONOUS ROSES;EE MA YOVE

1. Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film is awarded to the French- Kurdish film Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil) directed by Eva Husson & produced by Didar Domehri 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 Rodrigo Barriuso & Sebastian Barriuso for the Canadian-Cuban Film A Translator | Un Traductor and the directors get in total Rs.5.00 Lakhs.

3. MIT-SFT Human Spirit Award

MIT-SFT Human Spirit Award is given to Pippo Mezzapesa the Italian director of the film My Own Good (Il Bene Mio) and the director gets 1000 US$


Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film


‘Girls of the Sun’ are a battalion of battle-scarred Kurdish women wounded and battered in body, mind and soul but still keeping their hope alive while fighting to liberate their hometown from extremists. Leading them is gutsy earth mother Bahar who is looking for her son held hostage by the extremists. A French journalist Mathilde whose own personal life finds resonance in the ruins of the lives of these ‘Girls of the Sun’, joins their common cause of Women, Life and Liberty. and also understand how far we are from any equality between men and women in most of the world.

This is the story about strong but oppressed women taking arms and refusing to be victims. This is a universal story, not just about Kurdish women but about all women.

To this day, unfortunately, some of these Yazidi women are still in captivity. This film can help raise awareness so that they don’t fall into oblivion.People need to know what happened to them:they need to hear about their extraordinary courage

Directed by Eva Husson from her own edgy screenplay, ‘Girls of the Sun’ is illuminated by powerful performances by Golshifteh Farahani as Bahar and Emmanuelle Bercot as Mathilde.

‘Girls of the Sun’, ultimately, is not just the story of a few brave Kurdish women but the story of mother planet earth looking for her son–the human race and its future, held hostage by extremists.

Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film Director


In ‘A Translator’, Cuban-Canadian directors Rodrigo Barriuso and SebastianBariuso makes his personal story universal in which his father Malin, a Russian literature professor, is assigned by the Cuban Government as an interpreter between Cuban doctors and Russian victims of Chernobyl nuclear disaster. While his compassion and love are building bridges of hope and life to the kids across the language barrier, his personal life is coming apart. What emerges is a compelling story with a surprising, skilful but moving twist right at the end credits.

Getting kids to perform in a film has never been easy but directors Rodrigo Barrisuo and Sebastian Barrisuo, who also happened to be brothers, must be congratulated for handling the kids with warmth, sensitivity and unique understanding of child psychology to derive moving performances from them.

Illuminated Rodrigo Santoro as Malin, ‘A Translator’ is the victory of human communication in a world divided by languages.

MIT-SFT Human Spirit Award

goes to Pippo Mezzapesa, the director of MY OWN GOOD

Pippo Mezzapesa’s ‘My Own Good’ finds hope, revival and rehabilitation by the sheer strength of the spirit of a single human being Elia who dares to keep the lone flame of life alive in the ruins of Provvidenza, a small village destroyed by an earthquake. While the people of his entire village have lost hope and left their homes to resettle in Nuova, Elia refuses to abandon his home because it had been a home to the memories of his dead wife. Fighting all the odds and ordered by the mayor to vacate Provvidenza, on the verge of giving up, Elia rescues a young woman Noor on the run from the law as an illegal emigrant and hiding in his own house, not realising that, in fact, Noor had rescued him. While Noor longs for Elia to come home with her to France, Elia manages to send Noor safely home and stays back in Provvidenza as the lone spirit that finally makes other inhabitants to return and rebuild.

The film ‘My Own Good’ gives an universal truth that the only way to move forward is to accept our personal losses and the pain of the past to move forward and build a better world.

Performed movingly by Sergio Rubini as Elia,’My Own Good’ is a homecoming for the spirit of mankind.

Audience Award:

For Marathi film

The audience award went to the director Sumithra Bhave of the film DITHEE

For World Cinema

The audience award went to the directors Rodrigo Barriuso & Sebastian Barriuso for the Canadian-Cuban Film A Translator ( Un Traductor )

16th Pune International Film Festival – 2018
(11-18 January 2018)

Awards are announced today (18th Jan 2018) by the Juries plus Audience Awards

A. World Competition

The feature film jury consists of Mr Maurizio Nichetti (Chairperson ), Ms Gelareh Abbasi, Mr Rodrio Pla & Mr Vimukthi Jayasundara announced the following awards unanimously.

1. Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film is awarded to the Chinese film Free and Easy directed by Jun Geng & produced by Wang Zijian, Wang Xuebo & Xie Meng.

A film with successful comic timings that tells in an original way the faults and weaknesses of a society that can also be understood by spectators of different languages, cultures and sensibilities.

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

2. Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film Director award is given to Lucrecia Martel for the Argentinean Film (coproduced by Brazil | Spain | France | Netherlands | Portugal | Mexico) ZAMA and
For making an intelligent film that baffles and captivates, skilled in narrative resources, that amazes in its singularity, among other things and he gets Rs.5.00 Lakhs.

3. Special Jury award goes to the film Requiem For Mrs. J and it is given to the director Bojan Vuletic for an exciting film, directed sensibly with good actors who are able to communicate well the anxieties of a family life.

B. Marathi Cinema Competition

The Marathi Cinema Competition Jury (Ms. Joanna Kos-Krauza (Chairperson), Dr (Mr.) Biju Kumar Damodaran and Mr. Mathieu Denis) recommends the following awards unanimously.

1. Government of Maharashtra “Sant Tukaram” Best International Marathi Film

One film in this year’s Marathi Competition distinguished itself in many ways. It is a film that asks a question which is fundamental in contemporary India, but which is also universal: how does one change and open up to the world, while also staying true to his roots and culture? This film also features a wonderfully nuanced performance by a seasoned actor who manages to make us laugh, long and cry. It is a film that has been directed with quiet assurance, by a director who chose to rely on restrained but long lasting emotions rather than on overbearing affects. For these reasons, the jury gives this year’s Best Film of the Marathi Competition Award to Gajendra Ahire’s Pimpal,

Rs.5.00 Lakhs is shared between the director (50%) and the producers (50%) equally.

2. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Director award

For the subtle, sensitive and precise way by which he brought to the screen the inner conflicts of one man trying to make the most of his last years, while also coming to terms with his own shortcomings, the jury gives the Best Director Award to Gajendra Ahire for Pimpal the Director gets Rs. 25,000/-
3. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Actor award

For his surprisingly well-crafted interpretation of a boy struggling to find his place in an unfair world, and for his uncanny ability to express an impressively wide range of emotions, the jury acknowledges the budding and raw talent of Raman Devkar and gives him the Best Actor Award for his work in The Leader. The actor gets Rs.25,000/-

4. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Screenplay award

For his bittersweet but heartwarming tale of an elderly man trying to keep up with a rapidly changing world while trying to stay true to his own origins, culture and values, the jury gives the Best Screenplay Award to Gajendra Ahire for Pimpal. He receives Rs. 25,000/-

5. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Cinematographer award

For the subtle, yet highly expressive ways in which he captured the barren landscapes of rural India, and for his ability to convey complex human emotions through naturalistic photography, the jury gives the Best Cinematographer Award to Girish R. Jambhalikar for his work in The Leader. The cinematographer gets Rs. 25,000/-

6. Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Actress award

For her moving portrayal of a strong yet vulnerable woman, desperately trying to remain the voice of reason in a household that has been turned upside down, the jury gives the Best Actress Award to Mitali Jagtap for her work in The Fortunate One. She receives Rs. 25,000/-.

7. Special Jury award

For his warm interpretation of a kind, generous and humanist employer in Raw Lemon and for his colourful yet moving portrayal of a worried father in Muramba, the jury wishes to recognize the outstanding acting work of Sachin Khedekar by giving him the Special Jury Award.

C. Audience Award:

1. World Cinema

The Award goes to the Finnish Film Euthanizer ( Armomurhaaja) directed by Teemu Nikki

Marathi Cinema

The Award is given to the film The Leader (Mhorkya) directed by Amar Bharat Deokar

‘चुंबक’ चित्रपटाला यावर्षीचा संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट पुरस्कार

– ‘गर्ल्स ऑफ दि सन’ या चित्रपटाने पटकावला प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट पुरकार
– अ ट्रान्सलेटर व दिठी चित्रपटांना प्रेक्षकांच्या पसंतीचा (ऑडियन्स अवॉर्ड) पुरस्कार

पुणे, दि. १७ जानेवारी, २०१९ : पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन आणि महाराष्ट्र शासन आयोजित १७ व्या पुणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट महोत्सवाचा दिमाखदार समारोप सोहळा आज कोथरूड येथील सिटी प्राईड चित्रपटगृहात पार पडला. यावेळी ‘चुंबक’ या चित्रपटाने यावर्षीच्या ‘संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट’ पुरस्कारावर आपली मोहोर उमटविली. तर ‘गर्ल्स ऑफ दि सन’ या चित्रपटाने ‘प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट पुरस्कार’ पटकावला. सदर पुरस्कारांची घोषणा महोत्सवाचे अध्यक्ष आणि संचालक डॉ. जब्बार पटेल यांनी समारोपाच्या कार्यक्रमात केली.

रोख रुपये पाच लाख, सन्मानचिन्ह व सन्मानपत्र हे ‘संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट पुरस्कारा’चे तर रोख रुपये दहा लाख, सन्मानचिन्ह व सन्मानपत्र हे ‘प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट पुरस्कारा’चे स्वरूप आहे. हे दोन्ही पुरस्कार दरवर्षी राज्य शासनाच्या वतीने प्रदान करण्यात येतात.

महोत्सवाचे सचिव रवी गुप्ता, महोत्सवाचे कलात्मक दिग्दर्शक समर नखाते, ‘पिफ’चे निवड समिती सदस्य मकरंद साठे, सतीश आळेकर, अभिजित रणदिवे, अभिजित देशपांडे यांबरोबर अखिल भारतीय मराठी चित्रपट महामंडळाचे अध्यक्ष मेघराज राजेभोसले, चित्रपटांच्या परीक्षणासाठी जगभरातून आलेले बी. लेनिन (भारत), क्रिस्टर होमग्रेन (स्वीडन), डॅनिएला सिअॅन्सिओ (इटली), जोसेफ इस्त्राईल लबान (फिलिपिन्स), कमलेश पांडे (भारत), प्रसन्ना विथनेज (श्रीलंका), शबनम घोलीखानी (इराण), थोर्सटन श्युट (जर्मनी) परीक्षक यांबरोबरच सिटी प्राईड कोथरूडचे अरविंद चाफळकर व प्रकाश चाफळकर, एमआयटी आर्ट, डिझाईन व टेक्नॉलॉजी विद्यापीठाचे कुलगुरू सुनील राय हे देखील उपस्थित होते.

पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन’ आणि महाराष्ट्र शासन यांच्या संयुक्त विद्यमाने दरवर्षी पार पडणा-या पुणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट महोत्सवाचे हे १७ वे वर्ष होते. ज्यामध्ये ५६ देशांतील १५० हून अधिक चित्रपटांचा आस्वाद पुण्यातील चित्रपट रसिकांना घेता आला.

यावर्षी संदीप मोदी दिग्दर्शित ‘चुंबक’ या चित्रपटाने ‘संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट’ पुरस्कार पटकाविला. या चित्रपटाला महाराष्ट्र शासनाच्या वतीने रोख रूपये पाच लाख, मानचिन्ह व मानपत्र देऊन गौरविण्यात आले. या पुरस्काराच्या रकमेपैकी ५० टक्के रक्कम ही दिग्दर्शक व ५० टक्के रक्कम ही निर्मात्यांना दिली जाते.

याबरोबरच दरवर्षी अखिल भारतीय चित्रपट महामंडळाच्या वतीने देण्यात येणारा मराठी स्पर्धात्मक विभागातील सर्वोत्कृष्ट दिग्दर्शक पुरस्कार यावर्षी सुमित्रा भावे (दिठी) यांना, सर्वोत्कृष्ट अभिनेता पुरस्कार स्वानंद किरकिरे (चुंबक) यांना, सर्वोत्कृष्ट अभिनेत्रीचा पुरस्कार देविका दफ्तरदार (नाळ)यांना ,सर्वोत्कृष्ट पटकथा लेखक पुरस्कार सौरभ भावे व संदीप मोदी (चुंबक) यांना तर सर्वोत्कृष्ट छायालेखन पुरस्कार धनंजय कुलकर्णी (दिठी) यांना प्रदान करण्यात आला. प्रत्येकी रोख रुपये २५ हजार, मानचिन्ह, मानपत्र असे या पुरस्काराचे स्वरूप आहे. याशिवाय सुमित्रा भावे दिग्दर्शित दिठी या चित्रपटाला प्रेक्षकांच्या पसंतीचा (ऑडियन्स अवॉर्ड) पुरस्कार देत गौरविण्यात आले.

याबरोबरच आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपटांच्या स्पर्धात्मक विभागात इवा ह्युसन दिग्दर्शित ‘गर्ल्स ऑफ दि सन’ या चित्रपटाला ‘प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट पुरकार’ देत गौरविण्यात आले. रोख रु. १० लाख मानचिन्ह व मानपत्र असे या पुरस्काराचे स्वरूप आहे. या पुरस्काराच्या रकमेपैकी ५० टक्के रक्कम ही दिग्दर्शक व ५० टक्के रक्कम ही निर्मात्यांना दिली जाते. तर याच विभागातील ‘प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट चित्रपट दिग्दर्शक पुरस्काराने ‘अ ट्रान्सलेटर’ चित्रपटाचे दिग्दर्शक रॉड्रीगो बॅरिऊसो व सबॅस्टियन बॅरिऊसो या दिग्दर्शकांना गौरविण्यात आले. रोख रुपये ५ लाख व मानचिन्ह असे या पुरस्काराचे स्वरूप आहे. आंतरराष्टीय चित्रपटांच्या स्पर्धात्मक विभागात ‘ अ ट्रान्सलेटर’ चित्रपटाला प्रेक्षकांच्या पसंतीचा (ऑडियन्स अवॉर्ड) पुरस्कार प्रदान करण्यात आला.

तर एफटीटीआयच्या शेवटच्या वर्षाला प्रथम आलेल्या संस्कृती चटोपाध्याय या विद्यार्थीनीला ‘पिफ स्पेशल पुरस्कार’ देत गौरविण्यात आले. यावर्षीपासून पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन आणि एमआयटी आर्ट, डिझाईन व टेक्नॉलॉजी विद्यापीठ यांच्या संयुक्त विद्यमाने ‘एमआयटी- एसएफटी ह्युमन स्पिरीट’ पुरस्कार सुरु करण्यात आला आहे. यावर्षी ‘माय ओन गुड’ या चित्रपटाचे दिग्दर्शक पिप्पो मेजापेसा यांना विद्यापीठाचे कुलगुरू कुलगुरू सुनील राय यांच्या हस्ते देण्यात आला.

फोटो ओळी
फोटो १ – पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन आणि महाराष्ट्र शासन आयोजित १७ व्या पुणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट महोत्सवात यावर्षी संदीप मोदी दिग्दर्शित ‘चुंबक’ या चित्रपटाने ‘संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट’ पुरस्कारावर मोहोर उमटविली यावेळी महाराष्ट्र शासनाच्या वतीने रोख रूपये पाच लाख, मानचिन्ह व मानपत्र देऊन ‘चुंबक’ चित्रपटाच्या चमूला गौरविण्यात आले. यावेळी (फोटोत डावीकडून) थोर्सटन श्युट, जोसेफ इस्त्राईल लबान, बी. लेनिन, डॉ. जब्बार पटेल, चुंबक चित्रपटाची टीम आणि मेघराज राजेभोसले

फोटो २-
पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन आणि महाराष्ट्र शासन आयोजित १७ व्या पुणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट महोत्सवात यावर्षी याशिवाय सुमित्रा भावे दिग्दर्शित ‘दिठी’ या चित्रपटाला प्रेक्षकांच्या पसंतीचा (ऑडियन्स अवॉर्ड) पुरस्कार व सर्वोत्कृष्ट दिग्दर्शक पुरस्कार देत गौरविण्यात आले. हा पुरस्कार स्वीकारताना सुमित्रा भावे. फोटोत डावीकडून बी. लेनिन, जोसेफ इस्त्राईल लबान, थोर्सटन श्युट, भावे, मेघराज राजेभोसले.

फोटो ३
पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन आणि महाराष्ट्र शासन आयोजित १७ व्या पुणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट महोत्सवात पुरस्कार विजेते (डावीकडून) डॉ. जब्बार पटेल, थोर्सटन श्युट, जोसेफ इस्त्राईल लबान, बी. लेनिन, सुमित्रा भावे, देविका दफ्तरदार, स्वानंद किरकिरे, नरेंद्र कुमार आणि मेघराज राजेभोसले.