Thursday, February 26, 2015

Subhash Ghai bestowed with ‘Visionary of India’ Award

Subhash Ghai, the brilliant filmmaker who gave a new definition to filmmaking in the 80’s and produced multiple commercially successfully movies like KARZ, HERO, RAM LAKHAN, KHAL-NAYAK etc. was recently felicitated with the ‘Visionary of India’ award at the Vision Summit - 2020 by FICCI - ETNOW with NexIndia in Mumbai.

Subhash Ghai was awarded with honor for his immense contributions as an exceptional filmmaker and an educationist, who with his Whistling Woods International Institute has made India into a brand internationally.

Thanks to glamour and glitz associated with Subhash Ghai’s movies, Ghai had won the prestigious title of Showman of Bollywood, after the demise of the original Showman of Bollywood viz. Raj Kapoor

Besides giving Indian Cinema several blockbusters Subhash Ghai also played an important role in reviewing thespian Dilip Kumar’s career in his second inning. Ghai gave Dilip Kumar a new image of ‘Angry Old Man’ with action thrillers like VIDHAATA, KARMA, and SAUDAGAR.

Speaking on the occasion Subhash Ghai regretted that instead of establishing Indian film fraternity as a brand internationally the industry has been divided into Bollywood, Tollywood or Kollywood. He lamented, “We need to build our brand as an India that is original, not an India that apes others. Personally, I feel that it is a matter of shame when we refer to Indian cinema as Bollywood, Tollywood or Kollywood, and the media also mentions it as a brand proudly.” 

He added, ‘It is our duty to literate the younger generation about the rich heritage of India and review our nation into a superpower by 2020.” 

Though Subhash Ghai made commercial potboilers but from 2003 he started a new division of Mukta Arts, his production company, which encouraged the new era films like JOGGERS' PARK and IQBAL, which won him National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.

Contemporary filmmaker laud film legend Guru Dutt

Legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt is probably the most adored Bollywood filmmaker of all time. Even today, contemporary filmmakers are inspired by his captivating style of filmmaking and are bowled over by his brilliance in selecting story. 

Guru Dutt who made some of the hard-hitting social awakening movies like PYAASA (1957), KAAGAZ KE PHOOL (1960), SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM 91962), was not restricted to social drama instead he proved his mastery in crime thrillers with BAAZI (1951), CID (1956) and his proficiency at comedy in MR AND MRS 55. Hence his films still leave an impression on thinking filmmakers. 

Recently at the book release of the screenplay of Guru Dutt’s awe-inspiring films viz. SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM, CHAUDHVIN KA CHAND and KAAGAZ KE PHOOL, prominent filmmakers of today Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Dibakar Banerjee, Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap shared their experiences how Guru Dutt and his immortal films keep inspiring them.

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Saluting the genius filmmaker Farhan Akhtar said, “I became his devotee after I saw his movie PYAASA. What left me dumbfounded was the significance of the subject. Even today the subject holds sense and the songs like Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye toh kya hai or Jinhe naaz hai hind par who kahan hai compel us to ponder.” 

“What makes me admire Guru Dutt is his command in selecting subjects. He was born in a Kannada family yet what is amazing is that he made his movie SAHEB, BIWI AUR GHULAM inspired from Bengali novel. This gives a lesson to new breed of filmmakers to read books for powerful subjects,” said Dibakar Banerjee, famous director and screenwriter, known for films like KHOSLA KA GHOSLA, OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE!

Praising Guru Dutt, Anurag Kashyap said, “Guru Dutt was genius in capturing the scenes on celluloid. He played with light, mood, emotions. His style of narration was quite innovative and path breaking.”

“What made Guru Dutt special was that he never bothered about the box office,” said Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Recalling his conversation with Dev Anand, Chopra said, “Devji informed me that despite KAAGAZ KE PHOOL failure Guru Dutt, was confident and he proved it with the success of his next film CHAUDHVIN KA CHAND (1960)