Come October and Mumbai city is all set for a galaxy of festivals. It always begins with MAMI where film buffs rub shoulders with cine fans and celebrate international cinema. Over the years Mumbai Film Festival has proved itself to be one of the most immersive and comprehensive festival to celebrate diverse cinematic voices of our country and instills pride in audiences.
Founded by a group of film industry stalwarts in 1997 and conceived, created with an aim to engage film lovers from all walks of life, and to foster an ideal climate of good cinema across the country, the idea was to present the best of global and Indian cinema.
The academy’s vision was to celebrate cinema and over the decades the dreams have multiplied and so have our expectations from MAMI. It has always lived up to our expectations and barring a few glitches like the screenings and the tedious bookings, there’s lot to applaud.
The opening ceremony this year was held at Mumbai’s Bal Gandharva Rangmandir and Deepika Padukone took the stage to deliver the keynote address as Festival Chairperson. Board of Trustees, MAMI, and Director, Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail Isha Ambani welcomed the audience while also announcing new initiatives.
With many international and Indian film personalities in attendance, the academy celebrated talent who continue to define and shape the filmmaking community today. Deepti Naval who is an actor/ director/ painter/ photographer was presented the Excellence in Cinema Award by Vishal Bhardwaj and Deepika Padukone for her exemplary contribution to the Indian film industry.
More about them in the coming days….
To be continued