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Prakash Raj’s “Naanu nanna kanasu”

Here is glimpse of national award winning actor prakash raj’s new kannada  movie ” Naanu nanna kanasu(me and my dreams)”. This movie also coproduced by Prakash rai,B Suresha and shailaja nag is a depiction of a father’s narration of his own coming-of-age, with the birth and growth of his daughter.


special screening of ELEPHAS MAXIMUS


*By Philippe Gautier and Prajna Chowta *

* a two part documentary on the Asian Elephant*
*at the Alliance Française de Bangalore on the 19th of September at 7pm*

Attending the screening will be the filmmakers and conservationists Philippe Gautier and Prajna Chowta, eminent wildlife ecologist and leading authority on the Asian Elephant Professor Raman Sukumar, and other well known
conservationists and ecological scientists.
The documentary will be followed by an interactive discussion.

*Elephas Maximus*

In the heart of Asia’s most densely populated forest in wild elephants, in southern India, near Mysore, Prajna Chowta and the filmmaker Philippe Gautier have filmed these animals with unprecedented proximity as part of an exceptional documentary series. The first part, *of* *Elephants and Men* captures 5000 years of the history of elephant trainers, or mahouts, from the Mauryan Empire to the British times, and until the last Mysore Kheddas or grand captures.  In the second part, *Meetings with Remarkable Animals*, we explore the Asian elephant in the wild as it faces the loss of its habitat, and suffers from a conflict with one of the largest human populations in the world.

*Prajna Chowta, an ethnologist and her filmmaker husband Philippe Gautier*have been documenting and filming elephants for many years.
Their film *Hathi* was awarded the Golden Award at the 1999 Seoul Film Festival
and *Elephas Maximus* has been widely screened on international channels like Arté and

Prajna and Philippe live at the base camp of the Aane Mane Foundation, deep
in the reserved forest near Madikeri. They live with semi captive elephants
in the latter’s natural habitat.
*Professor Raman Sukumar* is a well known wildlife ecologist and Chair of
the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science. As a
conservation scientist, he has devoted much of his career to the study of
the Asian elephant and is a leading authority on the majestic animal. He was
conferred the Dutch Order of the Golden Ark and awarded the Whitley Gold
Award for International Nature Conservation in 2003 and the International
Cosmos Prize in 2006. He is the founding trustee of the Asian Nature
Conservation Foundation.

The Asian Nature Conservation Foundation* is a not-for-profit charitable
trust set up in 1997. It seeks to stem the rapidly declining natural
landscape and biodiversity of India and tropical Asia. ANCF’s team, trained
in ecological sciences and nature conservation, works closely with local
communities and government agencies in disseminating research and in
formulating effective nature conservation policies and strategies. The ANCF
is based at the Indian Institute of Science.

*Elephas Maximus has been brought to Bangalore audiences with the support of
Nine Hills.*

Photo courtesy

Behind forgotten eyes


Kerala cafe -a decalogue

director ranjithKerala film industry is known for its off beat experiments in mainstream as well as in alternate cinema. Now the Director-Producer Renjith is coming out with another experiment a movie  with ten directors.

His fresh initiative will be titled as ‘Kerala Café’- the name of the restaurant featured in the movie that will be the common thread in every stories in the movie.

The movie which will have ten different episodes of ten minutes each will be directed by ten prominent filmmakers including Laljose, Shaji Kailas, Uday Ananthan, Anjali Menon, Padmakumar, Shyamaprasad, B Unnikrishnan, Anwar Rasheed, Shakar Ramakrishnan and Revathy.

The movie will feature stories about travel, played on screen by prominent names like Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Prithviraj, Kalabhavan Mani and Nedumudi Venu. Planned to start by the first week of June, the first part will be shot by Shaji Kailas. Renjith who is the creative producer of the movie, is planning to get the Decalogue into theatres by September.

Subsidy to select films disadvantageous

kannada film collage

50 select Kannada films to get Rs. 20 lakh each; other sops likely to follow in the next fiscal.   In 2006, the Government deferred announcing policy on Kannada cinema Move may undo schemes for development of Kannada industry .

The State Government’s decision to extend a subsidy of Rs. 20 lakh for 50 select Kannada films and other sops from the next fiscal is likely to undo all the programmes it has launched for the development of Kannada cinema industry since the late 1960s owing to steep decline in the quality of films compounded by the steady increase of “hybrid” and remake films. Sources in the Government and Kannada cinema industry told The Hindu that if the Government did not review its decision on extending the subsidy and the related issues on priority, its purpose of constituting the Kannada Chalanachitra Academy would be defeated.

The academy had been entrusted with the responsibility of finalising the long-pending State cinema policy and selecting the films for subsidy and awards. The Government was expected to announce its policy on Kannada cinema in 2006. But it reportedly deferred the announcement with the twin motive of promoting tourism and quality of Kannada cinema. It had decided to workout a policy to link its subsidy scheme for Kannada cinema with the extent of the exposure of State’s tourist locations in the movies. Its reported move to link subsidy scheme with tourism was apparently due to the encouraging response the State’s tourism got following the success of some Kannada and non-Kannada films that were shot at hitherto unexplored locations.

It had exhibited the video footages of some unexplored and popular tourist locations during the annual film awards presentation ceremony. The function was telecast live covering 52 countries for drawing the attention of tourists and filmmakers across the globe. But, later, slowdown in the economy and “collapse” in quality Kannada cinema have reportedly discouraged the Government.

The draft policy has reportedly covered a range of issues such as the need to bring down the escalating rentals of cinemas, cost of production, measures to avoid controversies over the selection of films for annual subsidy and revamping the tax structure. Contrary to claimed objectives, the Government has its confusion over the pending “distinct and definite” cinema policy. Its fancy announcements to please a section of Kannada industry on occasions are likely to jeopardise the future of Kannada cinema, according to sources.

By K.N.Venkatsubba Rao

Courtesy:The Hindu

‘Long’ shot

courtesy: Deccan Herald

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