[Reader-list] 9th edition of FD Zone Delhi screening

Subasri Krishnan subasrik at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 1 14:02:34 CDT 2014

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FD Zone Delhi Screening
on Friday, June 6, 2014, 7 p.m.
Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

In the 9th edition of FD Zone Delhi screenings, we bring you a film that has just won the Swarna Kamal at the 61st National Film Awards for being the Best Non-Feature film of 2013. Earlier, the film was given a premiere at the Rome International Film Festival. Produced by the Films Division, Rangbhoomi has been directed by the widely acclaimed auteur filmmaker, Kamal Swaroop.


Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke (April 30, 1870 - February 16, 1944) was an Indian producer/ director/ screenwriter, widely regarded as the father of Indian Cinema. His debut film Raja Harishchandra was made in 1913 and is recognised as India's first full-length feature film. In his career, spanning 19 years, he made 95 movies and 26 short films. His most noted works are Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).

In 1920, after disputes with his partners, he resigned from his then company Hindustan Films and shifted to the holy city of Benaras and renounced the world of cinema. At Benaras he wrote a semi-autobiographical play Rangbhoomi. This film is an invocation from that text.


Swaroop is a film, television and radio director and screenwriter, most famously known for his experimental film Om Dar-B-Dar (1988). He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India in 1974 and made documentary and feature films, including collaborating on Ghashiram Kotwal (1976), the first collectively directed Indian film. He worked as production designer on Mani Kaul's Siddeshwari (1990), helped research Sayeed Mirza's Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989), and assisted Richard Attenborough in the filming of Gandhi (1982). Swaroop is also the recipient of three IFA grants for his project to conduct interdisciplinary workshops on the life and work of Dadasaheb Phalke in five cities.

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