FESTIVAL

  • Sonal Mansingh: Hope the Parliamentarians take a cue from PM Modi's respect for art forms and artists 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The 'XII Jivan Pani Memorial Festival, 2015: Abhilasha' was themed along the lines of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan launched by PM Modi. We talked to its founding president Padma Vibhushan Awardee Dr. Sonal Mansingh about the condition of classical art forms in India and their future seeing the...
  • Prine Minister Narendra Modi extends festival greetings March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended greetings to the people on the occasion of various festivals across the country as he began Navratra fast. Modi observes fast during all the nine days of Navratra every year. "Hearty greetings on the occasion of New Year (according to solar calendar)....
  • SXSW fans see late Paul Walker's 'Furious 7' send-off March 17, 2015

    Austin, Texas: Paul Walker's final appearance in the street-racing franchise "Fast & Furious" left a preview audience teary-eyed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival for the first public screening of the last film the actor made before he died in a car crash. In the film, Vin Diesel's character says...
  • 'Haider' to screen at London Asian Film Festival March 16, 2015

    London: Bollywood director Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider', an adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Hamlet', will have its screening at the 17th London Asian Film Festival (LAFF). The film, which is set in the backdrop of insurgency-hit Kashmir conflicts of 1995 and civilian disappearances, was previously screened at the 19th Busan International...
  • 'Haider' to screen at London Asian Film Festival March 15, 2015

    London: Bollywood director Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider', an adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Hamlet', will have its screening at the 17th London Asian Film Festival (LAFF). The film, which is set in the backdrop of insurgency-hit Kashmir conflicts of 1995 and civilian disappearances, was previously screened at the 19th Busan International Film Festival. The...
  • Amitabh Bachchan to inaugurate the 2015 India By The Nile Festival March 13, 2015

    Mumbai: Bollywood film icon Amitabh Bachchan will visit Egypt later this month to inaugurate the India By The Nile Festival 2015 featuring contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, visual art, film, food and literature. The 72-year-old will be the guest of honour at the event, where his 1977 hit Bollywood action...
  • Holi celebrated with traditional fervour in Pink City March 6, 2015

    Jaipur: Holi was celebrated with traditional fervour in the Pink city with enthusiastic revellers and people thronging the streets. People who took to the streets danced to the tune of drum beats and splashed each other with colour. Wearing clothes dyed in hues, people visited friends and relatives to exchanged greetings...
  • Pakistan: Students form human shield to protect Hindus celebrating Holi March 6, 2015

    Islamabad: A human shield was formed at the Holi celebrations at Swami Narayan Temple in Karachi to show solidarity with and protect Hindus in attendance. The National Student's Federation (NSF) organised the formation of a human shield on Friday, the demonstration is an attempt to promote interfaith coexistence and cooperation among...
  • Go organic this Holi March 6, 2015

    To find the flavours of the festival CNN-IBN takes you to the narrow bylines of Old Delhi. ...
  • Franco, Gere movies among entries at Tribeca Film Festival March 4, 2015

    New York: The 14th-annual Tribeca Film Festival will feature documentaries on Cuban muscle cars, New Yorker cartoonists and police stun guns. The downtown New York festival announced half its slate Tuesday, previewing the films that will play in competition. The festival will feature documentaries across a wide spectrum of subjects, including "Indian...
  • Why I don't like Holi and saying 'bura na maano' won't change a thing March 4, 2015

    Holi is the festival of colours and the celebration of togetherness and family and friends and blah blah blah. I don't like Holi. I did not like Holi as a kid and I definitely don't like Holi as an adult. The celebration and everything is fine, but people tend to...
  • First ever South Asian film festival gets a warm reception in frosty Dallas March 2, 2015

    It was one of those weekends where the popcorn would be best savored in front of your big screen TV at home. But not so for the daring and enthusiastic cinephiles of North Texas. They came in droves, carpooling, putting their Texas-size vans and pick-up trucks to...
  • Mumbai to host literature festival 'Lit o Fest' February 23, 2015

    Mumbai: The inaugural edition of a literary festival "Lit o Fest", that begins on February 28, will touch upon the topics of decline of Parsi population, relevance of Hindi in today's time and beauty of Urdu in poetry, organisers said on Monday. The festival will have speakers from the world of...
  • Highlights of the first day of Berlin film festival February 20, 2015

    CNN-IBN brings to you the highlights of the first day of Berlin film festival. ...
  • Three Indian films selected for 65th Berlin International Film Festival February 20, 2015

    CNN-IBN's Film Critic Meenakshi Shedde talks about three Indian films that have been selected at the Berlin this year. The three films are "Dhanak" by Nagesh Kukunoor, "Chitrashala" by Amit Dutta and "Kamakshi" by Satinder Singh Bedi. ...
  • Restoration and preservation of old films is like preservation of our culture: Gulzar February 17, 2015

    Mumbai: Praising Viacom18 and Film Heritage Foundation's initiative to save India's cinematic heritage, veteran writer-lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar says film restoration, which has been neglected for a long time in India, equals preservation of culture. "Handling old films, restoring them and preserving them is like preserving your culture," Gulzar said. The Film Heritage Foundation...
  • Nagesh Kukunoor's 'Dhanak' honoured at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival February 15, 2015

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor's film "Dhanak" has bagged The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film and also received a special mention at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. He was also endowed with euro 7,500. The awards were announced Saturday. "@Dhanakthefilm wins grand Prix for...
  • Iranian film 'Taxi' wins Golden Bear top prize at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival February 15, 2015

    Berlin: "Taxi" by Iranian director Jafar Panahi won the Golden Bear prize for best film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. The award for best director was shared by Radu Jude of Romania for "Aferimi" and Polish director Malgorzata Szumowksa for "Body". Tom Courtenay received the award for best...
  • Goa Carnival festivities begin February 14, 2015

    Panaji: The much-awaited Goa festival kicked off on February 14 with holding of famous float parade which was witnessed by over 50,000 people. The parade, organised by Goa Tourism Department, was flagged off by state Chief Secretary Kewal Sharma in the presence of tourism secretary R K Srivastava, director of Tourism...
  • Sanjeev Kapoor to be part of Dubai Food Festival February 12, 2015

    Dubai: Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor will participate in Masala! Food Fair, a two-day celebration of food and entertainment from the subcontinent, which will begin Feb 20 here as a part of Dubai Food Festival. Kapoor will be hosting a series of interactive culinary sessions and will also be judging on-site...
  • 'Fifty Shades of Grey' draws unscripted laughs at the Berlin International Film Festival February 12, 2015

    The movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" is about the serious business of sadomasochism and bondage, but you might not have gathered that from the laughter in the audience at a press screening on Wednesday before the world premiere. Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele, generally won praise from those at the...
  • e Lounge: Chaitanya Tamhane's debut Marathi film ‘Court’ is an outstanding film February 10, 2015

    Meenkashi Shedde in her new section 'India Indie Club' talks about outstanding films by standards of world cinema. Chaitanya Tamhane's debut Marathi film 'Court' is one such film. We also take a look at Sonam Kapoor's journey to stardom along with a look at the much controversial AIB Knockout. ...
  • India's '175 Grams' wins at Sundance film fest February 4, 2015

    Washington: '175 Grams', directed by Bharat Mirle and Aravind Iyer, is one of the five Short Film Challenge winning films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Institute Jan 28 premiered the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, a program of nine international short films, at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival held...
  • Dilip Kumar, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi get the lifetime achievement award at Jaipur International Film Festival February 2, 2015

    Jaipur: Padam Vibhushan and tragedy king of Bollywood Dilip Kumar was today conferred 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for his contribution to Indian cinema. Actor Anumpam Kher received the award carrying a citation, shawl and srifal (coconut) by the Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) organising team, led by its founder chairman Honu Roz,...
  • Dia Mirza: Why has Vidya Balan's performance in 'Bobby Jasoos' been ignored this award season January 31, 2015

    Mumbai: Vidya Balan finds it "sweet" on producer Dia Mirza's part to question why the actress' performance in 'Bobby Jasoos' was not nominated for any leading film awards. However, the National Award winner says she has no regrets about it. Vidya's 2014 film 'Bobby Jasoos' received a fair response from the...
  • AR Rahman enthrals audiences at Vadodara cultural festival January 28, 2015

    Vadodara: Noted musician AR Rahman enthralled the audience with his music and popular songs at the closing of the four-day Vadodara International Art and Culture Festival 'Vadfest' here. Rahman sang a couple of his own numbers like 'Dil Se' and concluded the three-and-half hour musical show last night with the rendition...
  • Waheedaji was hesitant initially to the idea of a biography on her: Nasreen Munni Kabir January 26, 2015

    Jaipur: Filmmaker and biographer Nasreen Munni Kabir decided to write about yesteryear's actress Waheeda Rehman, because her life is 'fascinating'. At the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, Kabir about old cinema and the veteran actress and how she was hesitant about opening up in front of the biographer. "She (Waheeda Rehman) was hesitant...
  • Controversial of curious? 10 things senior SC lawyer Ram Jethmalani said at the Jaipur Literature Festival that left us reeling January 25, 2015

    Jaipur: The 92-year-old senior Supreme Court lawyer and former BJP leader Ram Jethmalani was in conversation with author Shobha De and journalist Madhu Trehan during a session titled 'The Devil's advocate: Ram Jethmalani'. 1) "Between God and Devil, I still have some respect for the Devil." 2) "God suffers from an acute...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy wants business to be a private sector affair January 25, 2015

    Jaipur: As soon as Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy came on stage at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, he apologised to the audiences. "I'm sorry I'm wearing a suit and tie today. I know this is not the occasion," he said to an audience that burst into laughter. Murthy, who's wife Sudha...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival comes to an end; organisers confirm Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan for 2016 January 25, 2015

    Jaipur: The eighth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literary festival, ended on a high today as the festival announced 2,45,000 recorded footfalls over the five days -- a record number. The festival has seen a doubling of international visitors from 50 difference countries, and a 40...