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Friday, October 22, 2010

FTII Film Festival, Actors First Cheque

Student Film Fest In FTII

Veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani inaugurated the International Students' Film Festival at the Main Theatre, FTII on 24th September at 6.00 pm.

The Festival is to be held between 24th and 28th September as a part of golden jubilee year celebration of the Institute.

The inaugural function followed the screening of five outstanding FTII student films. Deccan Queen (1966, dir : K. S. Raju), Turbulence (2009, dir : Gulam Shaffi Khan), Jugni (Playback Exercise, 2007, dir : Dipti Gogna) and The Solitary Sandpiper (2005, dir : Ajita Suchitraveera).

While the Signature Film has been made by the current students of animation course, Deccan Queen has a special significance as this train, one of the most popular trains in
India , has completed 75 years recently. In Jugni, audience could watch an FTII student's competence in filming a song sequence. Turbulance is about Adbul, a village farmer who will be flying to America for the first time while friends try to help him overcome his fear of flying. A village milkboy gives Abdul courage at the end to overcome his fear. One can observe a woman’s real and unreal world, her aspirations and imagination in the brilliantly made film The Solitary Sandpiper.

The four-day event will screen somea 55 student films from 28 films.

The registration for the Festival is free and will begin from 11 am in the FTII campus on 24th September. The screenings of the Festival films is to be held in the Main Theatre and Preview Theatre, FTII as well the National Film Archive of India from 25th to 28th September, 2010.

Among the major film schools participating in the Festival are Beijing Film Academy, China; Royal College of Art, London; HF University of Film and Television, Munich; Chapman School of Film and Video, Ngee-Ann, Polytechnic, Singapore; Griffith University, Australia; Tisch School of Art, New York University; NUCT, Rome, Italy; ECAM, Spain; EICTV, Cuba; HFF Konard Wolff, Germany; VCA & Film Music, The University of Melbourne; Le Femis, Paris, France; VGIK, Moscow, Russia; FAMU, California, USA; Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute, Kolkata; Whistling Woods, Mumbai; Prasad Film Academy, Chennai. Each of this film school is being represented by one student with her or his film. Apart from screening of the film, there will be open forum in the Preview Theatre of FTII where the filmmakers will interact with audience.

What Actors Did With Their First Cheque

IANS Some bought gifts for the family, some splurged on themselves and some just handed the money over to their parents - TV actors like Gaurav Chopra, Ragini Khanna and Nausheen Ali Sardar share fond memories of their first pay cheque, varying from Rs.2,000 to Rs.200,000.

IANS spoke to quite a few small screen actors about what they did after receiving their first salary.

Jay Bhanushali, currently co-hosting 'Meethi Choori No. 1' with Shabir Ahluwalia, said: My first pay cheque was for Rs.8,000. I was 20 years old and had shot for a television advertisement, where I had a small part to play.

'First, I donated some part of my salary at a temple, then I bought a lot of gifts for my family. Out of that Rs.8,000 I just kept Rs.500 for myself and partied with my friends thereafter.'

Gaurav Chopra, currently seen in 'Uttaran', has special memories of his first salary.

'My first pay cheque was for Rs.200,000 when I was a part of the TV show 'Saara Akash' in 2004. I have special memories of that because the day I got my cheque, I got the news that my sister had given birth to a girl. So the happiness attached to it just doubled. I immediately flew down to Delhi, bought lots of gifts and even a handycam with which I could record all that the baby did.'

Nausheen Ali Sardar, popularly known for her lead role in the hit television series 'Kkusum', revealed that her first pay cheque was for Rs.2,800.

'I had organised a fashion show in my college for which I got paid Rs.2,800. I immediately went home and gave it to my mother,' she said.

Bhairavi Raichura, currently seen as Rajni in 'Sasural Genda Phool', says her first salary was Rs.2,000 for 'Hum Paanch' in which she played one of the five sisters - Kajal, a tomboy who wished she were born as a son to her parents.

'I was in Class 10 when I joined 'Hum Paanch'. My first salary from the show was Rs.2,000. At that time I didn't know what to do with the money; so I went and gave it to my father. Till date my father has been looking after my finances.'

Bhairavi's 'Sasural Genda Phool' co-star and protagonist of the show, Ragini Khanna, got her first pay cheque when she was in Class 7.

'I sang in a chorus and I got Rs.3,000. Out of those Rs.3,000, I gave Rs.1,500 to my mother and with the rest I got a nice outfit for myself for my brother's birthday,' she said.

Supriya Pilgaonkar doesn't remember the exact amount printed on her first pay cheque and says: 'I don't remember how much it was as it was almost 25 years back. At that time we used to get paid on a daily basis. I must have saved that money.' Actor Harshad Chopra, who is currently seen in Ekta Kapoor's 'Taryay Liyay', said: 'My first salary was Rs.9,000, which I had received for my show 'Mamta'. Since I was alone in Mumbai all that money just went into spending on my basic needs.'

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