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Bangladesh join the worlds admirer's of Bollywood

Friday, March 24, 2006

New Delhi,(UNI): After wowing audiences in neighbouring Pakistan, Bollywood films are now winning hearts in Bangladesh. A host of films from the stable of mainstream Bollywood cinema, enthralled audiences at the recently-concluded Bangladesh International film festival at Dhaka, trade sources say. Films like Kunal Kohli's 'Hum Tum', Aditya Chopra's 'Dhoom', Amol Palekar's 'Paheli', Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Black', Boney Kapoor's 'No Entry', Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Page 3' and Sooraj Barjatya's 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun' were screened to enthusiastic audiences at the third Bangladesh International film festival, which concluded on March 16. The festival also paid tributes to Indian film legend V Shantaram through a retrospective of his films like 'Do Aankhen Barah Haath', 'Navrang' and 'Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani'.

Present during the "jam packed" screening of 'Do Aankhen Barah Haath', on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee year of the film, were the late V Shantaram's son Kiran Shantaram. Also present at the screening were Mr Supran Sen of the Film Federation of India and Sudhir Nandgaonkar, Director of the Mumbai Asian Moving Images (MAMI), which organises the MAMI film festival in Mumbai every year. The festival also saw an Indian Bangla film, Nishshabdo, by filmmaker Jahar Kanungo jointly win the 2nd prize of 3000 US Dollars with Saratan, a Kyrgyzstan-Germany joint venture by director Ernest Abdyjaparov.

Ahlaam, a joint collaboration of Australia, Germany and UAE, won the International Jury Board Award. Directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji, the film received 5000 US Dollars. The two-week-long film festival was inaugurated on March 1 by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. X X X Anu "thinking, dreaming and talking" Umrao Jaan these days New Delhi, Mar 24 (UNI) As a music composer he has come up with several musical gems in the past like "1942-A Love Story", 'Kareeb' and 'Main Hoon Na'.

However, music director Anu Malik has always reserved his best for films by J P Dutta as is evident from his memorable score for films like 'Border' and 'LoC'. No wonder then, Anu, who is scoring music for J P Dutta's remake for the 80s classic 'Umrao Jaan', is a man possessed these days - seized by the ineluctable charm of the courtesan of Lucknow. Infact, trade sources say that the music director has, in the last few months 'sleeping, talking, dreaming and thinking' only 'Umrao Jaan'. Keen to measure up to the "classical and haunting" melodies of the original, Anu Malik is said to have been indulging in painstaking efforts to ensure that the musical score of the remake too has that everlasting impact on the cinegoers.

Not surprisingly, he has come up with an exceptional music for the film, trade sources say. Those in the film trade who have had the opportunity to listen to Anu's score for the film are said to have described it as the best score of his more-than-two-decade long career, even surpassing his score for 'Border' and 'LoC'. Impressed by Anu's musical score for 'Umrao Jaan', J P Dutta has also roped in the music director to do the background score for the film. It is for the first time in the last 15-16 years that Anu is doing the background score for a film. Trade sources feel that given the exceptional score done by Anu for the film, the background score for J P Dutta's 'Umrao Jaan' will be something to look out for.

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