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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.

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 end of this month. According to NFDC officials,he will work on building a division that will be dedicated to identify,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. “With Marten’s contribution,NFDC will have more to offer to the indie filmmaking community,” commented the corporation’s managing director Nina Lath Gupta.

Badal Sircar for Kids

Theatre group Thespo Kids has found a heart-warming tale of two petty thieves on the run by the late playwright Badal Sircar,famous for his street plays and experimental work. This summer,the group has created a one-of-its-kind project around this play,called Beyond The Land of Hattamala,for young theatre enthusiasts. It organised an intensive five-week workshop which culminates in shows at Prithvi Theatre,Juhu,on June 5 and 6. Children between the ages of 7-11 years came together in this ‘play-shop’ under the guidance of Abhishek Saha,who has been working with children in Baroda,Ahmedabad and Mumbai. According to Quasar of Thespo,this is a wonderful idealistic tale. “Badalbabu’s work has always been about asking questions of our society. This is especially true of Beyond The Land of Hattamala,” he adds.

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. Time’s movie critic Richard Corliss calls Kapoor “the great star-auteur of India’s 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.