IFFI 2018: Bollywood bigwigs to take classes, deliver sessions
Prasoon Joshi, Meghna Gulzar, David Dhawan, and Shoojit Sircar are among some of the Bollywood personalities who will attend the 49th IFFI as part of the movie gala's Masterclasses and In-Conversations sessions. This year, IFFI will celebrate the legacy of Ingmar Bergman through 'Wild at Heart Master in His Craft: Retrospective section of Ingmar Bergman' as 2018 marks his 100th birth anniversary. Here's more.
The In-Conversation session will be moderated by Sunit Tandon and feature Mikael Timm, Jannike Ahlund and Ulrika. While lyricist-CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi will take a masterclass titled 'Lyrical Imagination Unleashed' on the art of writing songs', singer Arijit Singh will speak about 'Hitting the Right Notes' at IFFI. Arijit is also debuting as a film director at the festival with his film 'Sa'.
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will also have women directors like Meghna, Leena Yadav, and Gauri Shinde take center stage. Sessions with the families of the film industry are also scheduled in which Boney Kapoor, Arjun, and Jhanvi; David Dhawan and Varun Dhawan; Venkatesh, Suresh Babu, and Rana Daggubati; Anil Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor; and Sriram Raghavan with Sridhar Raghavan will participate.
This year's Life Time Achievement Award recipient, Dan Wolman from Israel, will also take a Masterclass on the art of filmmaking. IFFI will be showcasing 212 films this year with Israel as the focus country. Tunisian Ambassador-filmmaker Nacer Khemir will introduce the audience to his country's cinema, while veteran director Ramesh Sippy will sit down for a tête-à-tête with Dipendra Manocha and Rumi Seth.
IFFI will be held from November 20 to 28 in Goa. Names such as Rahul Bose, Pankaj Tripathi, Rajshri Deshpande, Divya Dutta, Nila Madhab Panda, Kriti Sanon, Chitrangada Singh, Jim Sarbh, Diana Penty, and Rakul Preet Singh will also be part of the In-Conversation series.
Film critics Anupama Chopra, Rajeev Masand, Komal Nahata, Bhawana Somaaya will engage in a conversation with director Shaad Ali in an In-Conversation session titled, 'Thinning lines between critically acclaimed and commercially viable cinema'. The movie extravaganza will see more participation from filmmakers from South India with filmmakers and analysts of the entertainment trade from the US in a session titled, 'Roundtable Business Conference'.