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#SHORTS- Talk of the Twitter Town!

Don’t believe us? Take a look at the collage of most of the Tweets about S.H.O.R.T.S here!

Note : Including only one tweet from each handle to keep up with the exclusivity!


Connect with us on twitter @tumbhi or follow #SHORTS for more tweets pouring in!

 

Journey of a Cinema Ticket

A cinema ticket has meant a lot to a lot of people – be it the passion for cinema, a casual entertainment evening, fun of bunking the college/school or a serious love date- a movie ticket has made a lot of things happen in the lives of mango people! It’s not just a reservation of a seat in the movie flick but it entails corner seats, popcorns spilled, laughter and tears, and whistles and comments!

A cinema ticket has also travelled a long way to earn whatever it is worth of today!

Seventies was the era of most romantic and action flicks in Bollywood with the kinds of Bobby and Deewar. From a nostalgic lane we collect the figure- in 1976 a cinema ticket for a balcony seat in a theatre used to cost Rs 3.50! This further only amplified to Rs 5, 7 and so on! Early 90’s witnessed a pricing of Rs. 25 to 35 and in 1998, this price was Rs 50 in the city like Mumbai!

Then with the advent of multiplexes in 90’s the cinema watching scenario changed drastically and so did the worth of the cinema ticket. Starting minimum from 100 bucks, the tickets were priced anything between Rs 50 (morning shows) to Rs 150. Today the prices are anywhere between Rs. 180 to 900 of noon and evening shows in general.

Maximum average prices at the metro cities of India range today like Rs 600 in Mumbai, Rs 900 in NCR (National Capital Region), Rs 120 in Chennai and Rs. 350 in Kolkata. Whereas; smaller cities range as Rs 180 in Lucknow, Rs 300 in Chandigarh, Pune; Rs. 160 in Goa and so on. In fact, the most famous movie theater of India –Raj Mandir theatre of Jaipur keeps its ticket pricing between Rs 70 to Rs 250 in today’s date!

But the pricing isn’t all about a cinema ticket! It has much more dimensions and emotions entangled in the loop. There were queues once, when people used to spend hours standing and waiting to buy the ticket at the ticket counter- now we just log in to the movie booking site on computers or even phones and the tickets are booked!! The balconies and stalls have been bartered for chairs and plush recliners, fans are totally swapped off for air conditioners and the peanuts have happily given way to butter popcorns! Even the company for cinema watching has gradually drifted from ‘with family’ to now ‘with friends or spouses’ because of the swift transformation in the content of the films.

The transformation from then to now has been a great deal for a Cinema ticket. We all have our own instances of hearing from our friends, parents and grandparents how they once used to run away from their schools and watch a movie from their pocket money or how the entire town used to go crazy on release of the latest Amitabh Bachchan flick!

The craze and passion of cinema watching has stood much above the art of cinema making. If tried, the cinema actors , directors, writers, musicians can be counted but the huge population watching them, admiring them , drawing inspirations and changing their own lives because of them are innumerable.

Let’s hope that the mighty cinema ticket continues to give us more and more memories to add to our lives of love and passion and we continue to be as crazy as possible for Indian cinema as we were 100 years back!

Happy 100 Years of A Cinema Ticket!!!

5 Awesome Ways to Become An Instant Celebrity

Art in any form attracts you, you love people with creative instincts, you try attending all the art exhibitions, photo exhibitions, you love reading good writing pieces and you yourself also compose something in the night under your table lamp?? Congratulations, you qualify all the requirements of being called an artist and an art lover!

Now that you are a proven artist you can continue reading below.

An artist suffers from many difficult phases in his journey of being an artist, being called an artist and improving as an artist. And to your rescue comes our much loved child Social Media. Social media is not only about socializing these days; it has the capacity of giving you and your art the wings to fly and fly high.

Here’s how you can use it: 1 problem, 5 solutions.

#1 Make your display counter: Begin by creating a dedicated Facebook page (page and not profile) or a blog for your artworks. Love it like your personal diary which is open for public reading. Decorate it with all your chosen artworks, may it be stories, poems or photographs. Give an enhanced peek-a-boo in your own art-gallery and make it public to let all the eyes in the world see it.(Read here: Blogging your way)

#2 Audience is your God: Identify your audience and its whereabouts. Analyze what kind of people would like your artwork or be interested in it, whether such people are more active on facebook or on blogs. Two ways to carry it forward would be:

  • Grow within your circle: First becomes a star in your own group. Invite friends to visit your facebook page or blog by filling up their inboxes with constant updates about your page/blog. Share links, status messages and other updates with them by email or direct messages.
  • Go Public: Set your blogs/page for public viewing. Visit other blogs, post your comments on their posts so that they come back to check out your profile and find your blog/page instead. Every time you update your page/blog, share a link to it on your personal facebook profile, G+ and wherever else you have an account.

#3 Remember Twitter: Twitter remains the supreme of all the social networking sites being perfect place for sharing links and making the world see it. If you don’t have twitter account yet, open it right away. (Read here: Tips for artists to use twitter) Follow, get followed and share, share, and share.

#4 Visit other houses as well: Making a page/blog and inviting guest/audiences there is all about hosting. Now learn about being a wise guest as well. There are many forums, facebook groups, communities which are dedicated to individual ideas/genres. Join them now! Start posting, sharing, liking there. There will be many people out there who will be just like you and they would treat you the same way. Eventually, you will get connected to so many Likeminded friends.

#5 You v/s him: Now that you are an artist-star by every means, show some mettle elsewhere also. Search for various talent contests that go online. This doesn’t takes much on your time and effort and instead winning it or even getting shortlisted in it, adds big time to your credibility. If there is an evidence of award say a gift or a certificate, share that as well on your page/blog and express your gratitude. (Read here: Warnings before entering an online contest).

As an artist it’s very important to understand the people, the art is exposed to. Reciting a poetry in the middle of hippies would never earn you more than a laugh. Therefore connect right and connect well!!

Happy creating, sharing and applauding!!

Dreams That Came True!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. “- Walt Disney

Every one of us a dreamer, the difference is only that some of us remember them when we wake up and some of us let go the flow of thoughts. The dreams may vary as per night or day but the core ambitions travel along with every vision that comes to the dreamer’s mind.

An artist also dreams. He dreams to transform all his dreams into reality one day. And what if someday, somebody actually holds his hands and guides him through? A bunch of dreamers experienced something like this! They got a chance to cherish their dream: being a filmmaker, a scriptwriter, an actor.

Tumbhi came up with a scriptwriting contest back in May 2011 called “Paanch”. The prize was only a promise to transform the words into reality i.e. the winning entries would be converted to actual short films under the mentorship of none other than Anurag Kashyap.

Six Short films were made by Tumbhi. Shor and Sujata were part of those six films. Come November’2011, the film Shor goes to Abu Dhabi Film Festival (U.A.E) 2011-12, gets discovered by the right eyes for filmmaking, receives rave reviews from many critics and wins the Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize.

But Shor was made only to shout out loud what it actually was! It grabs another Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize at South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF). Neeraj Ghayawan, Scriptwriter and director of Shor , could actually see now his dreams flying high right there in the clouds above. Making much more ‘Shor’ than its name, Shor won another Grand Jury Prize at 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

But Shor was not alone here for the accolades. Huma Qureshi, the lead actress of the other short film “Sujata” gets a special mention by the grand jury at IFFLA. Sujata, a dream-child of the scriptwriter Annie Zaidi and director Shlok Sharma, becomes just another route of bliss for its conceivers.

To Tumbhi.com, it was all about giving feathers to the dreams of artists! Looking forward to even more feathers getting added to their caps, Tumbhi takes pride in translating at least a few dreams to reality because as Dr. Abdul Kalam said, “you have to dream before your dreams can come true.”

संकेत पानसिंह तोमर और कहानी के ..

सार्थक सिनेमा, समानांतर सिनेमा और इतर सिनेमा के बाद हिंदी सिनेमा में इन दिनों एक नया सिनेमा धीरे धीरे शक्ल लेने लगा है। ये है जमीनी सिनेमा। जी हां, वो सिनेमा जो हिंदुस्तान की जमीन से अपनी खुराक पाता है। हमारे आपके बीच से कहानियां उठाता है और उसे बिना किसी दिखावे या लाग लपेट के ज्यों का त्यों परदे पर परोस देता है। पान सिंह तोमर और कहानी की कामयाबी के बहाने तुमभी.कॉम के सलाहकार व वरिष्ठ पत्रकार पंकज शुक्ल की इस नए जमीनी सिनेमा के चलन पर एक टिप्पणी।

 

“लोग अब सितारों से ज्यादा कहानियों पर ध्यान देने लगे हैं। विद्या बालन की फिल्मों ने दर्शकों के सोचने के नजरिए में इस तरह का बदलाव लाने में बड़ी भूमिका निभाई है।”-बिपाशा बसु

“अब 14-15 साल का बच्चा भी फिल्मों की कहानियों की चोरी या संगीत की धुनों की चोरी पकड़ सकता है। ऐसे में जरूरी हो गया है कि हम अपनी तरह की फिल्में बनाएं।”-विनय तिवारी

साल की शुरूआत में प्लेयर्स जैसी मल्टीस्टारर फिल्म को मिली नाकामयाबी और इधर पहले पान सिंह तोमर और फिर कहानी को दर्शकों से मिली वाहवाही से एक बात का संकेत साफ मिलता है और वो ये कि दर्शक अब मसाला फिल्मों के निर्माताओं के मायाजाल से निकलने को छटपटा रहे हैं। जमीन से जुड़ी कहानियों को मिल रहे अच्छे प्रतिसाद ने उन निर्माता निर्देशकों के भी हौसले बुलंद किए हैं जो बजाय विदेशी फिल्मों की नकल करने की बजाय अपने आसपास की कहानियों को परदे पर उतारने की परंपरा का पालन करते रहे हैं। पान सिंह तोमर और कहानी की कामयाबी का सबसे दिलचस्प पहलू ये है कि भले विद्या बालन ने इस फिल्म के प्रचार के लिए एक गर्भवती महिला का स्वांग भरकर जबर्दस्त प्रचार किया हो लेकिन इस फिल्म के प्रचार में एक भी अभिनेता ने हिस्सा नहीं लिया। वहीं, पान सिंह तोमर के प्रचार के लिए इन दिनों फैशन बन चुके सिटी टूर तक नहीं हुए। इरफान चुपचाप अपनी पंजाबी फिल्म किस्सा की शूटिंग करते रहे और एक अच्छी फिल्म के बारे में लोगों को बताने का जिम्मा टि्वटर और फेसबुक पर मौजूद इरफान के प्रशंसकों ने संभाल लिया। दोनों फिल्मों की अच्छाइयां बताने के लिए सोशन नेटवर्किंग साइट्स पर एक अभियान सा छिड़ा दिखा और इन दोनों फिल्मों को हिंदी सिनेमा में कथानक की वापसी और स्टार सिस्टम की विदाई के तौर पर भी लोग देखने लगे हैं

पिछले दो तीन साल से जिस तरह धुआंधार प्रचार करके दबंग, रेडी और रा वन जैसी फिल्मों ने बॉक्स ऑफिस से करोड़ों रुपये बटोरे हैं, उसके चलते दर्शकों को भी अब समझ में आने लगा है कि हर वो फिल्म जिसके प्रचार के लिए सितारे शहर शहर घूमे, वो अच्छी ही हो ये जरूरी नहीं। काठ की हांडी के एक बार ही आग पर चढ़ पाने की बात लोगों को पता थी लेकिन इसके बावजूद बीते चंद महीनों में दर्शकों को यूं छलने का क्रम जारी रहा। ट्रेड मैगजीन सुपर सिनेमा के संपादक विकास मोहन कहते हैं, प्रचार करने के परंपरागत तरीकों में जोर फिल्म की कहानी का खुलासा करने के साथ साथ इसकी यूएसपी बताने पर रहा करता था। लेकिन, मौजूदा दौर में प्रचार के दौरान फिल्म के बारे में बातें कम होती हैं, और तमाम दूसरी चीजों के जरिए फिल्म के बारे में उत्सुकता जगाने पर फिल्म निर्माताओं की मेहनत ज्यादा होती है। इस फॉर्मूले ने कुछेक औसत से हल्की फिल्मों के लिए काम भी किया, पर अब दर्शक भी उपभोक्ता की तरह सोचने लगा है। उसे बार बार बेवकूफ नहीं बनाया जा सकता।

फिल्म प्लेयर्स में मुख्य नायिका रहीं बिपाशा बसु भी विकास मोहन की बात से सहमत नजर आती हैं। वह कहती हैं, मुझे ये मानने में कतई गुरेज नहीं कि प्लेयर्स पूरी तरह फ्लॉप रही। हिंदी सिनेमा में एक बार फिर जमाना वर्ड ऑफ माउथ पब्लिसिटी का लौट आया है यानी फिल्म देखकर निकलने वाले दर्शक अगर फिल्म के बारे में अच्छी बातें करते हैं तभी इसका फायदा फिल्म को मिलता है। सोशल नेटवर्किंग साइट्स के चलते इसकी अहमियत और भी ज्यादा बढ़ गई है। अब तो हर दर्शक फिल्म समीक्षक हो गया है, वह फिल्म देखकर निकलने के साथ ही उसके बारे में फेसबुक या टि्वटर पर टिप्पणी कर देता है और इसका असर होता है। इसका सार्थक पहलू ये है कि लोग अब सितारों से ज्यादा कहानियों पर ध्यान देने लगे हैं। विद्या बालन की फिल्मों ने दर्शकों के सोचने के नजरिए में इस तरह का बदलाव लाने में बड़ी भूमिका निभाई है।

 

तो क्या पान सिंह तोमर और कहानी जैसी फिल्मों की कामयाबी की वजह से दर्शकों को अब बड़े परदे पर और भी लीक से इतर कहानियों पर बनी फिल्में देखने को मिलेंगी? जवाब देते हैं फिल्म निर्माता विनय तिवारी। वह कहते हैं, हिंदी सिनेमा को विदेशी सिनेमा की नकल करने की बहुत बुरी बीमारी लगी रही है। इंटरनेट और सैटेलाइट टेलीविजन से ही इस कैंसर का इलाज मुमकिन था और ये अब हो भी रहा है। अब 14-15 साल का बच्चा भी फिल्मों की कहानियों की चोरी या संगीत की धुनों की चोरी पकड़ सकता है। ऐसे में जरूरी हो गया है कि हम अपनी तरह की फिल्में बनाएं। भारतीय सिनेमा को विदेशों में पहचान मदर इंडिया जैसी फिल्मों से ही मिली है और हिंदी साहित्य में ऐसा बहुत कुछ लिखा गया है जिस पर अच्छी हिंदी फिल्में बन सकती हैं। हमने साहित्य अकादमी पुरस्कार विजेता काशीनाथ सिंह के उपन्यास काशी का अस्सी पर फिल्म बनाने का फैसला इसी क्रम में लिया। और, मुझे खुशी इस बात की सबसे ज्यादा है कि सनी देओल जैसे बड़े सितारे भी अब इस बात को समझ रहे हैं और इस तरह के प्रयासों का समर्थन करने के लिए आगे आ रहे हैं।

निर्माता विनय तिवारी की फिल्म मोहल्ला अस्सी को लेकर फिल्म जगत के अलावा युवाओं खासकर छात्रों में बेहद दिलचस्पी है। और, ऐसी ही दिलचस्पी लोग एक और जमीन से जुड़ी फिल्म गैंग्स ऑफ वाशीपुर को लेकर भी दिखा रहे हैं। निर्देशक अनुराग कश्यप की इस फिल्म की प्रेरणा भले एक अंग्रेजी फिल्म ही रही हो, पर भारत की दशा और दिशा में पिछले छह दशकों में आए बदलाव को कहने के लिए जिस तरह उन्होंने एक आम गैंगवार को कहानी को सूत्रधार बनाया है, वो काफी रोचक हो सकता है। अनुराग कश्यप फिलहाल इस फिल्म के बारे में ज्यादा कुछ कहते नहीं हैं। हालांकि, इस फिल्म के निर्माण से जुड़े लोग इसे अनुराग के करियर की अब तक की सबसे महंगी और सबसे निर्णायक फिल्म बता रहे हैं। आमिर और नो वन किल्ड जेसिका जैसी फिल्में बनाने वाले निर्देशक राजकुमार गुप्ता भले नाम कमाने के बाद अब पैसा कमाने के लिए घनचक्कर जैसी विशुद्ध मसाला कॉमेडी फिल्म बनाने की राह पर निकल गए हों, लेकिन पान सिंह तोमर के जरिए कामयाबी की नई ऊंचाई छूने वाले इरफान खान का नजरिया साफ है। वह कहते हैं, कहानी को सोचे और सीते बिना फिल्म बनाना अपने साथ बेईमानी है। और कोई भी काम बिना ईमानदारी के किया जाए तो ज्यादा दिन तक सुकून देता नहीं हैं। हम हिंदुस्तानी सदियों से भावनाओं में बहते आए हैं और ऐसे में अगर ये भावनाएं हमारे अपने बीच की हों तो हर आदमी का दिल ऐसी कहानियों के साथ हो ही लेता है।

Sachin Bhowmik mastered the phenomenon of rebirth and double roles in Hindi Cinema

Cinematorium
By Pankaj Shukla

Sachin Bhowmik passed away.  As soon as the message flashed away on my mobile,  I shared It with some young guns of journalism standing around after an event hosted by Sub hash Ghazi who launched more than half a dozen of new talents including few actors from his acting school Whistling Woods during the proceedings. He was in gaiety and joy to see his disciples taking a new plunge in the mad mad world of Hindi Cinema or Bollywood as they say it in Mumbai in general lingo. Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan hate this word Bollywood and so do I. I prefer calling it Hindi Cinema. But, time has changed and no new/young journalist finished his copy without using this 8 letter word. These young wordsmiths asked me in curiosity, Sir, Who was he? I walked away from there thinking this is the change time has witnessed being Hindi Cinema to Bollywood. Here nobody cares for bygones.

After some time I called up Jalees Sherwani who is at the helm of looking after affairs of The Film Writers Association, he showed his grief but when I asked him if there is any condolence meeting planned among the writer fraternity. His reply made me feel more sad. He informed me it being a holiday, nothing could be organized in TFWA’s office. Sachin Bhowmik has been a veteran in creating characters who spoke like any ordinary common man and yet achieved their dreams on celluloid. He created super hit characters for Shammi Kapoor in films like Janwar, Brahmchari, An Evening In Paris among others. He gave Rajesh Khanna a start in Aradhana that would create such a huge fan following form him that he became a Super Star in days to come.  Rishi Kapoor tasted his first brush with Stardom post Bobby in Khel Khel Mien again written by Sachin Bhowmik. When I spoke to Rishi, he was sad. He told me about the relationship he maintained with this brilliant wordsmith. Sachin Bhowmik wrote many films for Rishi Kapoor including his first directorial venture Aa Ab Laut Chalien.  He gave credit of his success to Sachin Bhowmik without holding any words. He was all praise for a person who gave life to fictitious characters for him.

Subhash Ghai was also at loss thinking about his relationship with Sachin Bhowmik who wrote 10 films for the once called new show man of Hindi Cinema. From Karz to Karma to Saudagar to Yuvraj, Sachin Bhowmik has been an inseparable member of his writing team for more than two decades. Rajesh Roshan’s father in law had given Sachin Bhowmik his first major break in Aayi Milan Ki Bela, the Rajendra Kumar starrer which went on to become a cult film in Hindi film industry. This was beginning of a writer who will wrote as diverse romantic films for three generations of actors as Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai , Aan Milo Sajna, Andaaz, Yeh Dillagi and Kisna. Rishi Kapoor aptly said, Sahchin Bhowmik crated magic for every era of romantic films all his life.  In later years, Sachin would write free handedly for his son-in-law Rakesh Roshan for films like Koyla, Karan Arjun and Karobar. It was Sachin Bhowmik only who wrote screenplay of Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish which catapulted J Om Prakash’s grandson Hrithik into a super hero. Thus, He paid back the obligation that he received from Hrithik’s grandfather.

Content is the king, one can hear this phrase from every next producer of this Hindi film industry but even now if any new director goes to them with a story the first question that they ask, who is the star he has got agreed to do this film. Life moves on and so will move on the Hindi film industry but as Amitabh Bachchan says Sachin Bhowmik will always be remembered as a prolific writer who mastered phenomenon of rebirth and double roles in Hindi Cinema.

Beginning of a writer who wrote as diverse romantic films for three generations of actors as Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai , Aan Milo Sajna, Andaaz, Yeh Dillagi and Kisna. Rishi Kapoor aptly said, Sahchin Bhowmik created magic for every era of romantic films all his life. In later years, Sachin would write free handedly for his son-in-law Rakesh Roshan for films like Koyla, Karan Arjun and Karobar. It was Sachin Bhowmik only who wrote screenplay of Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish which catapulted J Om Prakash’s grandson Hrithik into a super hero. Thus, he paid back the obligation that he received from Hrithik’s grandfather.

Content is the king, one can hear this phrase from every next producer of this Hindi film industry but even now if any new director goes to them with a story the first question that they ask, who is the star he has got agreed to do this film. Life moves on and so will move on the Hindi film industry but as Amitabh Bachchan says Sachin Bhowmik will always be remembered as a prolific writer who mastered phenomenon of rebirth and double roles in Hindi Cinema.

The Eighth Indian Film Festival “Bollywood and Beyond”

The eighth Indian Film Festival “Bollywood and Beyond”.

The eighth Indian Film Festival ‘Bollywood and Beyond’, organized and hosted by the Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg, is the largest Indian film festival in Europe. From 20th to 24th July, 2011 a wide selection of Indian movies and various supporting events introduce the German and European audience to the variety that Indian film and culture have to offer.

‘Bollywood and Beyond’ started out as a celebration of the town twinning between the cities of Stuttgart and Mumbai in 2004. The festival supports the Indo-German cultural exchange. Putting Indian films of different genres into the spotlight, it celebrates the diversity of Indian film and culture.

Screening over 50 Indian art house films, documentaries, short and feature films as well as big Bollywood blockbusters, the festival aims to create an original and authentic reflection of Indian culture and everyday life. Thus the festival has become an important institution for cultural exchange with over 15,000 visitors in 2010. Submissions are open until April 15th 2011.

Film Pprogramme

The Indian Film Festival ‘Bollywood and Beyond’ screens feature films, documentaries and short films (up to 60 minutes) in their original language with English subtitles. We are proud to announce Uma da Cunha and Therese Hayes as curators once again.

The festival competition features five awards:

– ‘German Star of India’ for best feature film, endowed with 4,000 €
– ‘German Star of India’ for best documentary, endowed with 1,000 €
– ‘German Star of India’ for best short film, endowed with 1,000 €
– Audience Award (open to all categories), endowed with 1,000 €
– Director‘s Vision Award (prize for outstanding dedication to a social or political issue within a film)