Desi Talk - page 26

October 18, 2013
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Some of her other films have
looked at issues of education and
child abuse in India. Many of her
films have been telecast on inter-
national channels such as BBC,
Channel 4, Discovery and
National Geographic.
She was the only woman cam-
era director on a crew of directors
on Channel 4(UK)’s award win-
ning series “The Greatest Show on
Earth – The Kumbh Mela” (2001)
and won the Royal Television
Society Craft Award for it.
Anand made her foray into
Bollywood in 2009 with “Mere
Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye,” starring
Randeep Hooda, Arbaaz Khan
and Raima Sen. She directed,
produced and wrote “Laying
Janaki to Rest,” a documentary
film on Sita; “The Magic Tent’,
which she co-wrote and produced
and Talvin Singh’s 2007 album’s
music video (Unreleased), which
she has directed and produced.
She has also directed, produced
and written numerous short films
for National Geographic and for
the Expo in Aichi, Japan. In 2006,
she was awarded the Silver Conch
at the Mumbai International Film
Festival, for her film“Walking on a
Moonbeam.” Her documentary
“Education – A reality or a myth”
was nominated at the Zanzibar
International Film Festival in 2002
and her film“Sin” was nominated
in the Short Film section at The
Damah Film Festival at Seattle in
October 2002.
Films and documentaries, she
says, are two “extremely different
forms of the same art,” which is
the art of filmmaking.While TV
has immediate reach and is very
deadline driven, documentaries
and feature films can afford time
and space to craft. “I greatly enjoy
both documentary and feature
films and I try to alternate
between the two as I like to saddle
between the world of reality and
She believes as films get more
global audiences, the importance
of stars is reducing and focus is
shifting to producers and direc-
tors, which is why so many new-
comers are getting a chance in the
industry. “I think it’s the age of a
good story combined with some
strong marketing,” she said.
Anand has three films lined up
after “Kajaria” – “Do Deewane
Sheher Mein” is a romance set in
Mumbai; “Kotha No. 22,” deals
with prostitution; and “Maharani”
is a period film set in the Zenana
(the women’s side) of a palace.
Anand also runs a film festival
called the 0110 International
Digital Film Festival.
Mark Kitaoka
From News Dispatches
ndian producer Bonny Dugal,
whose credits include the Ajay
Devgn starrer “London
Dreams,” has joined hands with
French filmmaker Alexandre de
Mortemart for his next project. De
Mortemart directed the short
“Vertige” in 1995, according to
Mortemart has also worked as
a professional photographer for
more than seven years and has
some of his work exhibited in
Paris and Tokyo, his website says.
His film short film“L’Admirateur”
opened Andrew Zulawski’s “La
Note Bleue” and “Vertige” was
selected in major film festivals
including leading French film fes-
tival of Clermont Ferrand, IMBD
Speaking about Mortemart,
Dugal said both “Vertige” and
“L’Admirateur,” are “unique
pieces of art” with matchless
experiences. “I felt wonderful
about his whole perception and
vision for cinema,” he said.
Calling Mortemart a “skillful and
talented director,” Dugal said
Mortemart is the one who can do
justice to this story.
“Indian cinema has emerged
very beautifully on the global
platform,” Mortemart said. “I feel
proud to be part of this industry
and very excited to start my first
feature film from India,” he
Producer Bonny
Dugal Teams Up
with French
Director for New
Rajiv Joseph Receives Annual Playwright Award
By a Staff Writer
ajiv Joseph is among the
recipients of the Sixth
Annual Steinberg
Playwright “Mimi” Awards, The
Harold and Mimi Steinberg
Charitable Trust announced
Oct. 2. Joseph and playwright
Annie Baker will receive the
award Nov. 13 at the Lincoln
Center Theater in NewYork. The
“Mimi” Awards are presented
biennially to honor the accom-
plishments of some of the most
gifted up-and-coming American
playwrights and to recognize the
promise they hold for the future
of American theater, a press
release issued by the Trust said.
The Steinberg Playwright
Award is given to dramatists in
early and middle stages of their
careers, who have distinctive
and compelling voices, and
whose current bodies of work
exhibit exceptional talent, artis-
tic excellence, and continued
potential for powerful contribu-
tions to the American theater,
the release said.
“The Harold and Mimi
Steinberg Charitable Trust is
extremely proud to honor both
Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph
with this year’s Steinberg
Playwright Awards,” said Jim
Steinberg, a member of the
Board of Directors of The
Harold and Mimi Steinberg
Charitable Trust.
“Both playwrights have pro-
duced extremely influential and
successful work, which is an
extraordinary accomplishment
for two such young artists.We
look forward to seeing many
new works by both Ms. Baker
and Mr. Joseph as their careers
continue to grow,” he added.
“It’s a huge honor to even be
considered for this award,”
Joseph said about his selection.
“The past recipients of the
Steinberg Award are all playwrit-
ing heroes of mine, and I’m
humbled to join that list of
Joseph was most recently
recognized for his play “Bengal
Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” a
2010 finalist for the Pulitzer
Prize, which starred Robin
Williams on Broadway. He has
also written “Gruesome
Playground Injuries”, “Animals
Out of Paper”, “The North Pool”
and “The Lake Effect,” all of
which were originally developed
at the Lark Play Development
Center, the release said.
He is the book-writer and co-
lyricist for the new Peter Pan
musical “Fly” and the co-writer
of the upcoming film, “Draft
He has also written for the TV
series “Nurse Jackie” in Seasons
3 and 4.
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