Awaara in Time List
After announcing the All-Time 100 list of the greatest films since 1923,American weekly magazine Time has added 20 more films to the list. The 1951 Raj Kapoor classic Awaara is a part of this list of 20. The film revolves around a rich girl Rita (Nargis) and Raj (Kapoor),a man from less-fortunate means who loves her. Kapoor reprises his character of a tramp,reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin. Times movie critic Richard Corliss calls Kapoor the great star-auteur of Indias postcolonial golden age of movies and mentions Nargis as the great Indian siren. Apart from Awaara,films such as The Hurt Locker,Wall E and Avatar are part of this new list.
New Mentor for Indian Cinema
In order to further their initiative to support quality Indian cinema,National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has appointed Marten Rabarts as the head of their development division. Rabarts,who has been the artistic director at Binger Filmlab an Amsterdam-based international feature film and documentary development centre for 12 years,will relocate to Mumbai by the end of this month. According to NFDC officials,he will work on building a division that will be dedicated to identifying,nurturing and training directors,producers and writers for Indian cinema. As part of this initiative,NFDC will also bring down various international advisers to mentor Indian talent.