Movies

Mira Nair to speak at Kashish 2021 panel

Panel discussion on ‘Books To Screen – Lost & Found in Translation’ to be streamed on 24 August.

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2021/08/23/miranair-5.jpg?itok=Rvi0bT23

Mumbai: The Academy-Award nominated director Mira Nair will be a speaker at a panel discussion titled ‘Books To Screen – Lost & Found in Translation’, being organised as part of the 12th edition of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia’s one of the biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival. The panel will be streamed on the Kashish YouTube channel on 24 August at 6 p.m.

This impactful panel that discusses how books are adapted into feature films or web series, will also feature well-known Swedish author & director Jonas Gardell (Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves), Sahitya Akedemi winning playwright Mahesh Dattani (Mango Souffle, Morning Raga), and transgender actor & author Living Smile Vidya (I Am Vidya), and will be moderated by author Raga D’Silva (Untold Lies).

“While the pandemic put the brakes on Kashish being held on-ground physically at a theater in Mumbai, the benefits of a digital festival has opened new doors," said festival director Sridhar Rangayan. “We have been able to invite some extraordinary speakers at the panel discussion and also filmmakers from across the world at the filmmaker Q&As. We are blessed to have such eminent personalities as Nair and Gardell speak at our panels. Virtual is the new normal.”

Speaking about her recent mini-series "A Suitable Boy" based on Vikram Seth’s epic novel of the same name, Nair shared, “I think Vikram Seth deeply understands and wrote in A Suitable Boy, the depth of this unconditional love, the friendship between Maan (Ishaan Khattar) & Firoz (Shubham Saraf). For me, it encompassed all kinds of love. We had to do a lot in very little time, but I think you feel this extraordinary drama of their friendship and the jealousies, and also how the fathers eventually bring the sons back together. It’s a beautiful quartet that Vikram wrote and I wanted to do that justice. Life is about all sorts of love, but it is love. There’s nothing to put it in a box about.”

Gardell said, “I’m 58 years old now and I have been out and proud since I was 15, so that’s almost 40 years. When my first novel came out in 1985, the critics actually wrote that they almost vomited when they read it since it was a gay love story. Time has passed and now when I write my novels, they are mainstream, they are bestsellers in Sweden.”

Speaking about the need for greater representation of queer narratives, Mahesh Dattani said, “We need more LGBTQIA+ people involved in the arts, in storytelling. We need stories that concern the LGBTQIA+. We need LGBTQIA+ characters in films that are not talking about LGBTQIA+... I think it is hugely important that we also have characters that are there because they are part of a bigger story, and it doesn’t always have to be a personal story. “

Living Smile Vidya spoke about her book 'I Am Vidya' that has been turned into a feature film "Naanu Avanalla Avalu" which won two National Awards, but her main passion is theater. “I wanted to be in the cinema, but as I grew up, I saw theatre has more space and more acceptance and I found my place. Being on the stage is where I feel like one giant tree where I get all the power in the best possible way," she said.

This panel discussion is being supported by the Consulate General of Sweden, who is also supporting the screening of two documentary features "Prince of Dreams" and "Always Amber".

While the film festival is screening 221 films from 53 countries over the 12 days of online screenings spread across three weekends, Kashish 2021 will continue to engage audiences during weekdays with 10 panel discussions and 42 filmmaker Q&As streamed on their YouTube channel.

On 23 August at 6 p.m, panel discussion ‘Teach Them Young! - Qualitative Queer Narratives emerging from Indian Film Schools’ is being streamed featuring speakers from leading film and media institutions like Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Sophia SCM, Pearl Academy, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI) and Whistling Woods International, which is also supporting this panel discussion.

Rounding off the first week of panel discussions, on 25 August at 6 p.m, the festival will host the first-ever chat with siblings of queer persons. Titled ‘Unlocking Acceptance With Siblings’ the panel features gay, bisexual, and transgender persons along with their sisters and brothers.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/10/23/zx.jpg?itok=ipG4AZL6
Cinema is not going to be an easy sell: Inox’s Anand Vishal on advertisers returning

After nearly 18 months of strict lockdowns and intermittent breathers, the opening of theatres in Maharashtra signals the much-awaited revival of the industry that was hit hardest among all entertainment media.

Movies Hindi
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/10/22/img_22102021_140157_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=QxRVbJfK
Six-screen multiplex PVR Maison opens at Jio World Drive

Mumbai: Film exhibition company PVR Ltd, through its luxury arm The Luxury Collection announced the launch of a luxury boutique property PVR Maison at Jio World Drive, Bandra Kurla Complex, here. The six-screen multiplex has a seating capacity of 882 audiences and will be opened in strict...

Movies Hindi
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/10/21/nissan.jpg?itok=BtcYADhI
Inox onboards Nissan as official sponsor for World Cup Screening

Multiplex chain Inox Leisure Ltd on Thursday announced the onboarding of Nissan India as official sponsor of the World Cup screening at Inox.

Movies Movies On Mutiple Platforms
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/10/01/photogrid_plus_1633095639268.jpg?itok=0hg4b1eN
Jay Pandya joins Legend Global Studio as CEO

Mumbai: Jay Pandya has joined media company Legend Global Studio as chief executive officer, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to this, Pandya was associated with OTT platform Zee5 where he was head of content acquisition and partnership for more than five years. He previously worked with...

Movies Hindi
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/30/photogrid_plus_1632986374465.jpg?itok=QtF59rz4
Siddharth Roy Kapur re-elected as president of Producers Guild of India

Mumbai: Roy Kapur Films founder and MD Siddharth Roy Kapur has been re-elected as president of Producers Guild of India at the 67th annual general meeting (AGM) of the association held virtually on 29 September. Reliance Entertainment's Shibasish Sarkar was named as vice president of the industry...

Movies Hindi
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/29/kitchen.jpg?itok=n6LxzWNt
ITC Kitchens of India to feature on Inox’s menu

Multiplex chain Inox Leisure Ltd on Wednesday announced its partnership with ITC Ltd's Ready-to-Eat gourmet brand Kitchens of India to introduce a redefined, innovative F&B experience across all multiplexes of Inox in India.

Movies Movies On Mutiple Platforms
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/25/photogrid_plus_1632570046924.jpg?itok=Ag4_AwD-
Cinema halls, drama theatres to reopen in Maharashtra from 22 Oct

Mumbai: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced that cinema halls and drama theatres in the state will be allowed to operate starting from 22 October. Theatres will have to adhere to the norms set by the government to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. The state government...

Movies Hindi
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/25/photogrid_plus_1632565933624.jpg?itok=NJ87HQxa
Taapsee Pannu-starrer 'Rashmi Rocket' to directly premiere on Zee5

Mumbai: Video streaming platform Zee5 is set to premiere Tapsee Pannu-starrer sports drama "Rashmi Rocket" on 15 October. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Neha Anand and Pranjal Khandhdiya under RSVP and Mango People Media.

Movies Hindi
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/24/photogrid_plus_1632466816817.jpg?itok=bxahP8Mj
Prime Video to stream original film ‘Sardar Udham’ in October

Mumbai: Amazon Prime Video has announced its new original film "Sardar Udham," which will begin streaming in October. “With every story that we present on Amazon Prime Video, we ensure that the narrative is replete with emotions and depth that finds a place in the heart of every viewer,” said...

Movies Hindi

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required