Lifetime Achievement for Subhash Ghai at DIFF
As the Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF) to be held in December this year, calls for entries for the third edition, there is one thing that is quite certain about the festival. Bollywood’s Showman Subhash Ghai will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Another award called the Minar-e-Dilli Award is proposed to be Ghazal Maestro Gulam Ali. It is also being said that Pakistan could be the partner country for the festival.
To be held from December 20 to 27, 2014, DIFF is an initiative by “The Social Circle, A Society for Cause and – A step toward inclusiveness” to showcase the best of Cinema, Art and Literature from across the globe. In its third edition the festival hopes to showcase over 200 films from over 45 countries as against 170 in the previous years.
The previous editions also showcased 100 paintings and sculptures from India. The two editions also had a literature section with 100 NRI poets displaying their work at the venue. The second edition of the festival saw the addition of Fashion, Singing, Band events and Sufi night by Nizami Brothers, thus making DIFF the only festival in the world with so many sections and live events every evening during the seven days of the festival.
The other events during the festival include ‘Band of the Year’ with an estimated participation of more than 25 bands from all over India; ‘Singer of the Year’, a tribute to Mohammed Rafi, ‘Face and Designer of the Year’, daily seminars and workshops and book launches on various aspects of cinema, art and literature.
With With its inception in 2012, the advisory board for this festival is headed by Dada Saheb Phalke awardee Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Working closely with him are some very experienced people of the Indian Cinema including the national award winning directors Tigmanshu Dhulia, Anurag Kashyap and Anooj Kapoor, Mohan Agashe, Manoj Bajpai, Mandira Bedi, Shriram Raghwan, Jimmy Shergill, N. Chandra, Sandeep Marwah, Shailesh Lodha, Yashpal Sharma and Arvind Gaur, apart from Satish Anand from Pakistan.