Monday, November 19, 2007

The Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival

Filmmaker Navdeep Singh's thriller "Manorama Six Feet Under" won the Best Film honour at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York last week.

"This award certainly means a lot and both Ketan (producer) and me feel like on top of the world. There is a deep sense of satisfaction to know that your piece of art is recognized by prestigious International Festivals," Singh said in a press release.

The film festival was attended by over 8,000 people with over 50 films screened in Manhattan and Jersey City over five days. Here's the list of winners -

Chandrika Tandon Best Film Award
Manorama Six Feet Under

Indira Mahindra Best Director Award
Rituparno Ghosh for Dosar

Nationwide Actor Award
Danny Denzongpa for Frozen

Dina Kothari Best Actress Award
Konkona Sen Sharma for Dosar

Best Documentary Award
India Untouched directed by Stalin K

Best Short Award
Shanu Taxi directed by Vasant Nath

Verizon People's Choice Award
Love Story by Amit Gupta

Special Jury Award
Frozen directed by Shivajee Chandrabhushan

(For more details on films screened as part of MIAAC, click here)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

If Rembrandt painted Homer Simpson

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November 2007 Blog Mela - Nominate Now

Did you just come across a quirky, interesting or something-that-tugs-at-your-heartstrings blog? If yes, feel free to nominate it for the November Blog Mela being hosted here on December 6

Blog Mela Rules
- Posts must have been written by Indians or have an Indian angle
- Only posts published between 1-30 November, 2007 would be accepted
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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Chessboard serial killer complains of injustice

He may have killed 48 people in his quest to complete the 64 squares of a chess board but Alexander Pichushkin thinks he's being punished a bit too much.

For the Russian serial killer, spending the rest of his life in jail seems too dear a price to pay for his crime.

His lawyer said Pichushkin felt the sentence is too harsh and should be cut to 25 years.

What do you think?
Pichushkin should be punished with
Death sentence
Life sentence
25 years in jail
10 years in jail
A year in jail free polls

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