Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor Awarded at the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images' (MAMI) 10th Festival

Recently, the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images' (MAMI) 10th Festival was held in Mumbai. The eight-day long ceremony was held from 6 March to 13 March. The festival awarded Bollywood actor Dharmendra the Lifetime Achievement award, while another legendary actor Rishi Kapoor was lauded for his contribution to cinema for over 35 years. Lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar received an award for his significant contribution to Indian Film Music. Famous Spanish Filmmaker, Carlos Saura, was awarded the first Global Lifetime Achievement award. There were many more awarded

The festival was chaired by Shyam Benegal and the other guests who gave away the awards were legendary actor Dev Anand, senior filmmaker Yash Chopra and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The film festival showed 140 films from 45 countries. This year, China was the country in focus, while Carlos Saura was the filmmaker in focus.

Indian television reported:

Acknowleding the award, Kapoor said: ''Usually film industry personalities do not reveal their age, but I want to say that I have not been working for 25 years - I have been working for 35 years and I am proud of that.''

The chief guest of the event, evergreen Bollywood star Dev Anand, senior filmmaker Yash Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Shyam Benegal gave away the awards.

In a new concept called Dimensions Mumbai, five-minute films based on different aspects of Mumbai were showcased by aspiring filmmakers under 25 years of age. A total of 82 entries had been received for this section.

In the Indian feature film competition, Darsheel Safary was awarded for playing the dyslexic child Ishaan Awasthi in Taare Zameen Par, Swathee Sen for playing Janki in Antardwand while both the best film and International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) awards were bagged by the Marathi film Tingya by Mangesh Hadawale on the delicate issue of farmers' suicides.

The winners of the Dimensions Mumbai section, the competition of five-minute films, were awarded by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. This award was sponsored by Aishwarya’s mother-in-law Jaya Bachchan.