JIO MAMI: The Grand Finale ,Panel On 'Women In Films',Masterclass With Christopher Doyle And So Much More !

By Nita Deshmukh. Posted on November 05, 2015

The Concluding days at  17th Jio MAMI turned out to be very eventful for the Jamuura team. We ran around all the venues and got some of the most interesting interviews ever. The entire team was on their toes.

Our days at the festival was a day filled with several highlights including panel discussions, masterclass and exclusive interviews. In the screening we noticed that India films are becoming quite popular among audience.Be it documentary, feature or classics, the queues were never ending.

The  5 day began for us by watching Vetrimaaran's hard hitting movie Visaaranai (Interrogation) and like everyone even we were zapped by this film.

Post the screening, director Vetrimaaran addressed eager audiences in the Q & A post the screening.  Luckily we also got to interview him in which he enthusiastically spoke about the film and much more. We would be putting up the interview shortly. We also managed to catch Abhay Kumar's much talked about docu Placebo and were glad to know that it truly lived up to all the hype and expectations.

Island City by Ruchika Oberoi saw a houseful India premier. The cast and  the crew of the film were present at the screening. We must say that the film is incredible and outstanding in every aspect!

Vasan Bala's  Peddlers clearly was the winner for the day with the never ending  queues!

Musician Shye Ben Tzur' s Q & A on Paul Thomas Anderson's docu Junoon was another high point of the day. The Q & A gathered huge crowds and led to an insightful discussion post the screening of the film.

Of course the end marked its zenith with the panel discussion on 'Women In Films'. The speaks were Shabana Azmi, Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut, Kiran Rao and Ava Duvernay. Wow now that is a power house panel we say!

And then there was the keenly awaited Christopher Doyle Masterclass. Expectedly Doyle was his usual unabashed and politically incorrect self. But the audience had great fun watching him talk during the Masterclass and the Q&A. During his session, Doyle kept guzzling on his beer and kept the security on their toes.   List below are some of his most interesting quotes.

There also was a retrospective of Chetan Anand's films being played at Regal during the festival. The retrospective showcased the war drama Haqeeqat, the poetic Heer Ranjha and Neecha Nagar which bears the distinction of being the first Indian film to win at Cannes. Day 4 saw Haqeeqat being screened at Regal preceded by a panel on the film which included veteran filmmaker M.S Sathyu and actress Kamini Kaushal who starred in Neecha Nagar.

Lastly we also managed to interview Cameron Bailey festival director of TIFF and was on the International Competition panel of Jio MAMI this year.

In the interview Bailey spoke about his association with TIFF, his views on the Indian indie film movement and his association with Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. And for us the day could not have ended on a better note with Bailey's interview.

Day 6 of the festival saw an interesting panel on crowdfunding and why its innovative platform to kickstart interesting projects. The panel was moderated by Priyanka Agarwal - CEO and co founder of Wishberry and the panel included filmmakers Bhaskar Hazarika, Ruchi Bhimani, Vasant Nath and Gigi Mathews of Puppetica.

Incidentally the same day saw the screening of Bhaskar Hazarika's Kothnaodi. Post the screening and the Q&A, Hazarika spoke to us about his experience at various film fests.

And soon the final day of the festival arrived. On the last day we finally managed to catch Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa which makes an amazing use of stop motion.

While in the later part of the day, we were excited to attend the closing ceremony of the festival which also saw the announcement of the festival winners across various categories. The list of winners included some expected wins and some pleasant surprises. The 'Half Ticket' section saw Jairaj's Ottaal and Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak grabbing the top honours. While the India Gold section saw Shlok Sharma's Haraamkhor and Gurvinder Singh's Chauthi Koot grab the top honours. While Raam Reddy won the Jury Grand prize for Thithi in the International Competition category. Below is the list of the winners across various categories.

Half Ticket





International Competition



India Gold

And like all good things, the festival too came to an end. While we missed out on some great films, we were glad to be a part of the festival and are eagerly looking forward to the next year's edition.


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