Utpal Borpujari

September 5, 2009

Konkani film in Discovery section of TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will get a taste of Indian cinema spanning genres this time, with The Man Beyond the Bridger, a Konkani film set in the dense forests of Goa-Karnataka border, under the spotlight in the ”Discovery” section showcasing new talents.
Internationally acclaimed photo journalist Dilip Mehta, whose sister Deepa Mehta has been a regular name at the TIFF, will see the world premiere of his debut fiction film Cooking With Stella, which stars Seema Biswas in the title role.Two Bollywood productions, Oscar-nominated director Ashutosh Gowarikar’s What’s Your Rashee and Anurag Singh-directed Dil Bole Hadippa from Yash Raj Films, will also have their world premieres at the festival.“The Man Beyond the Bridge (Paltadacho Munis), produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) and directed by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, will have five screenings at the prestigious festival which is considered only second to Cannes in terms of size.

This is the first fiction film by Shetgaonkar, who received the National Award for Best Debut Non-feature Film at the 52nd National Film Awards and also the Golden Conch at Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) in 2004 for his documentary A Seaside Story.

The film is described as a gentle romance that also highlights environmental issues and a nuanced view of village dynamics in the region.

Incidentally, the film was part of the Script Lab organised by the NFDC at the Film Bazaar 2007 during the IFFI in Goa two years ago. Shetgaonkar also had got a grant by the British Council, India, for the screenplay.

Mehta’s film, which will have a gala presentation on September 16, was shot completely in Delhi and is a lighthearted tale of a diplomat couple’s interactions with a wily cook from Kerala.

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 05-09-2009)



Art auction goes mobile

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By Utpal Borpujari

If you are an art lover on the move, here’s some good news for you. Thanks to the wedding of technology and business, now you can bid for your favourite artwork from your mobile phone.

Ushering in this new mode of business in art is Saffronart, which has become the world’s first online art auction house to offer an auction-bidding application for mobile devices.

The company said it had acquired software that offered all the features of website bidding, including placing bids and proxy bids, viewing bid histories as well as previews of sales. Apart from art, bidders can also take part in auction of contemporary jewellery on the platform.

Saffronart CEO and co-founder Dinesh Vazirani says on this new turn to art auctioning, “By providing clients with this cutting-edge and comprehensive application, we hope to accelerate the pace of innovation in the global auction space. This mobile application, the first of its kind globally for fine-art auctions, offers a new, convenient and secure bidding experience to our clients, and enables collectors to engage with Saffronart in more places and with fewer boundaries”

The mobile bidding application is downloadable from Saffronart’s website and works seamlessly on most Java-enabled mobile phones, Vazirani says. The application is fully equipped with all the features of website bidding. 

Those making online bids for art would be able to know the status of their bid through a colour-coded bid status indicator. The mobile bidding technology is being used for the first time at Saffronart’s annual autumn online auction of modern and contemporary Indian art on September 9-10, in which artworks by 52 leading artists would be sold.

The auction repertoire comprises a wide range of works by the likes of Akbar Padamsee, Surendran Nair, Manjit Bawa, Ram Kumar, Subodh Gupta, S H Raza, Shibu Natesan and F N Souza, says Vazirani.

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 05-09-2009)


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