June 10, 2004
Indian children's film wins award
Indian children's film wins at Houston film festival
Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo, a 90 min. film produced by the Children Film Society of India was awarded the Bronze Remi Award at the 37th WorldFest Houston Film Festival, Houston, USA.
The list of winners is on the festival's web site
Posted by Harshal at June 10, 2004 06:20 PM
BTW, Shakuntala Paranjpye was Sai Paranjpe's mother. Apparently she was pretty famous in her own way - social worker, writer, Cambridge scholar, Rajya Sabha member and Padmabhushan winner.
Thank you Harshal for your posting. I hope this film reaches a wider audience very soon - both kids and elders since it is meant to be an adventure set la 'Malgudi Days' which should appeal to all - Sridhar
December 8, 2004
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Indian cult film wins top honors at Fire Island
THE PINK MIRROR wins JURY AWARD for BEST FEATURE at the Fire Island Film & Video Festival 2004
Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY
Sridhar Rangayanâs debut film THE PINK MIRROR (Gulabi Aaina) screened as the Closing Night Film at the third annual Fire Island Film and Video Festival. The festival sponsored by the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Arts Project of Cherry Grove showcased some three-dozen GLBT films, including features, shorts, documentaries and music videos, to the Cherry Grove audience from September 12 to 18.
'The Pink Mirror' (Gulabi Aaina) won the top award- the Jury Award for Best Feature of the Festival.
Bruce-Michael Gelbert writes in FireIslandQnews, âSridhar Rangayanâs two-year-old short feature âThe Pink Mirrorâ, one of the most delightful films in the festival, was the first film about transvestites ever made in India and is banned in its native land. Bitchy banter, drama queen drama, handsome studs, dances and songsâand a dose of grim, health-related reality (to a melodramatic motif from Pucciniâs âMadama Butterflyâ) fill its 40 minutes.â
The film has already screened at 46 international film festivals and earlier won the top award âLe prix Comtesse des Flandresâ awarded to the Best Film of the Festival at the âQuestion De Genreâ festival in Lille, France.
Filmâs producer/ director Sridhar Rangayan reacts, âWe are thrilled to have been honored with the jury award for best feature. It means a lot to us that our independent film, which was produced by mine and my partner Saagarâs Guptaâs meager personal funds, has reached so far and wide. The audience and critics reactions all over the world have been extremely positive. The only thing that mars our happiness is the fact the film is still banned in our own country and hence cannot be released in India.â
âThe Pink Mirrorâ is being released in France, in a DVD collection of drag films, by end of this year. It has also been picked up for distribution by California-based Big Films Short and possibly soon be telecast in Canada and France.
Currently Rangayan is planning his next gay film- THE NIGHT OF FLAMBÉ as part of his âRainbow Storiesâ series of 7 films that will be woven around different segments of the Indian gay tapestry.
THE NIGHT OF FLAMBÉ is about the apprehensions and aspirations of a gay couple living together in an Indian metro-- in a society where there is no social sanction for homosexuality, a gay relationship is very hard to sustain and nurture. It is fraught with nightmares â some imaginary and some very real.
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