MEMBERS OF THE FIRST FAMILY OF INDIAN CINEMA TAKE THE STAGE FOR RAJ KAPOOR TRIBUTE, JUNE 26 AT TIFF
Hosted by acclaimed Padma Shri Award-winning Indian actor Anupam Kher, who is also a close personal friend of the Kapoor family, the tribute event takes place onSunday, June 26 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, following IIFA’s 12th annual celebration and awards ceremony in the city on Saturday.
The evening featured a large-scale public red carpet with members of the family who are carrying on the Kapoor tradition of brilliant artistry and super stardom in attendance. Among those in attendance were Krishna Kapoor, Raj’s widow, and his three sons Randhir, Rishi, along with his wife, actress Neetu Kapoor,Rajiv Kapoor, anddaughters Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain.
Other Indian film luminaries in attendance included Deepa Mehta, Asha Bhosle, Zeenat Aman, Javed Jafri, Ramesh Sippy, J. P Dutta and Manmohan Shetty, among others. The tribute kicked off TIFF’s retrospective film series, Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema, which launches on Friday 1st July and will run until 7th August. The series includes a number of new 35mm film prints struck especially for the occasion, which will tour to international locations to be announced at a later date.
Speaking on his father’s works and their global reach, RandhirKapoor said, “We are thankful and appreciate TIFF and IIFA’s desire to host this retrospective. I have always believed that good cinema always prevails and lives forever.”“We’re honoured to be presenting a tribute to the legacy of the legendary Raj Kapoor and the extraordinary moment in cinema that he was instrumental in creating. His influence as an actor and director continues to this day and this tribute and retrospective will increase awareness in North America of his importance within global film culture. And, of course, it’s unbelievably exciting to be welcoming several members of the Kapoor family, a multi-generation dynasty of Bollywood royalty, into our home at TIFF Bell Lightbox,” said Cowan.“The government and the people of Ontario have welcomed IIFA and Indian cinema to North America. The Raj Kapoor Crescent naming and the tribute festival to the world’s legendary film maker Raj Kapoor are a perfect legacy. Of importance is the forging of ties and a partnership between IIFA and TIFF, one that holds considerable promise to provide impetus to global film culture.
We look forward to celebrating Raj Kapoor and The Golden Age of Cinema and sharing with the world the influence of his work on the cinema of his time and on film makers thereafter”, said Wiz Sabbas Joseph, Director of IIFA and Wizcraft International Entertainment.Speaking about the tribute and retrospective.
Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism and Culture, said, “Our government is delighted to see the inclusion of the retrospective on the work of Raj Kapoor which is unprecedented in Canada and an excellent extension of the IIFA Weekend. We’re excited that the IIFA Awards are here for the first time in North America and welcome the many visitors to Toronto who now have even more reason to extend their stay.”The retrospective will feature Raj Kapoor classics including Aag, Barsaat, Awaara, Boot Polish, Shree 420, Jagte Raho, Jis Des Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Sangam, Mera Naam Joker, Kal Aaj Aur Kal, Bobby and Satyam Shivam Sundaram.Several pieces of memorabilia from Raj Kapoor films including costumes, release-era programme books and props used during the films will be displayed in the TIFF Bell Lightbox atrium, along with an exciting installation from acclaimed artist and filmmaker Srinivas Krishna
A series of paintings inspired by Kapoor films by Goan artist Seema Sardesai will also be showcased throughout the building.
About Tiff: TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit.
The organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD. For more information, visit tiff.net.
About IIFA: The International Indian Film Academy, conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. is supported by key members of the Indian film fraternity. IIFA is the most respected South Asian film academy and its main highlight, the IIFA Awards is one of India's biggest media events. With a viewership of over 600 million worldwide, the IIFA Weekend is the largest celebration of Indian cinema and the IIFA Awards is among the most-watched global events, annually.
From a one night celebration in 2000 at the Millennium Dome, London, the last twelve years have seen the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) movement grow into a cine-packed weekend of film-festivals, workshops, exhibitions, film-showcases, premieres, global business forums and sporting events, all of which climax into the IIFA Awards.
The IIFA’s have been celebrated in London, Sun City, Johannesburg, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Amsterdam, Yorkshire, Bangkok, Macau and most recently in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
This year, IIFA celebrated its 12th anniversary in Toronto, Canada from June 23rd – 25th,.2011.