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IFFI 2009: INTERVIEW – Tannishtha Chatterjee

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Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, best known for her roles in “Brick Lane” and “Shadows of Time“, spoke to Reuters on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the tourist haven of Goa.

Chatterjee, who was in Goa to present two of herĀ films “Bombay Summer” and “The White Elephant“, has done a number of international projects. Her next film — Dev Benegal’s “Road, Movie” — is slated for a February 2010 release in India.

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(Flip cam video by Tony Tharakan)

MORE VIDEOS FROM IFFI 2009
INTERVIEW – Actress Sarita Choudhury

Sona Jain on ‘For Real’

Rituparno Ghosh on ‘Sab Charitro Kalponik’

Makrand Deshpande on ‘Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu’

Aijaz Khan on ‘The White Elephant’

Joseph Mathew Varghese on ‘Bombay Summer’

IFFI 2009: Sona Jain on ‘For Real’

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Filmmaker Sona Jain and lead actress Sarita Choudhury spoke to Reuters about their film “For Real” on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the tourist haven of Goa.

Jain’s first feature film is the story of a six-year-old who witnesses a moment of discord within her family.

IFFI 2009: Rituparno Ghosh on ‘Sab Charitro Kalponik’

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Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh spoke to Reuters about his film “Shob Charitro Kalponik” on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the tourist haven of Goa.

The Bengali film, starring Bipasha Basu and Prosenjit, explores the relationship between a poet and his wife.

IFFI 2009: Makrand Deshpande on “Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu”

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Filmmaker Makrand Deshpande’s new film “Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu” is about a flower girl in Mumbai whose life changes after a chance meeting with actor Shah Rukh Khan who tells her that she is beautiful.

Khan plays himself in a two-minute cameo in the film, which is a sort of tribute to the Bollywood superstar.

IFFI 2009: Aijaz Khan on ‘The White Elephant’

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Aijaz Khan‘s debut feature film, about Shabri the drunkard and a ‘holy’ elephant which chooses him as its keeper, is set in a village in Kerala.

The Hindi film, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Prroshanth Narayannan and Neena Gupta, is being screened at the 40th International Film Festival of India in Goa.

IFFI 2009: Joseph Mathew Varghese on ‘Bombay Summer’

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Director Joseph Mathew Varghese speaks to Reuters about his debut feature film ‘Bombay Summer‘ which is being screened at the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji, Goa.

(Flip cam video by Tony Tharakan)

Can festivals escape popular cinema?

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When Goa first hosted the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 2004, it seemed there was no escaping Bollywood and its glamour.

Vidya Balan, Salman Khan, and a host of Bollywood stars were part of the event.

It led to vehement protests from delegates and guests at the festival who felt “unnecessary importance” was being given to popular cinema.

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