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FILM FESTIVAL Promotes SOCIAL CHANGE

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YES! I am the CHANGE, initiated by YES FOUNDATION, the social development arm of YES BANK, has emerged as the largest filmmaking challenge in India and one of the biggest short-filmmaking movements in the world, with 1750+ films made by over 50,000 citizen film makers from 1,000 cities and towns across all states of India. The films were made on current issues of national importance including women’s safety, child rights and education, livelihood, environmental sustainability, women’s empowerment and elderly care.

Prerana Langa, CEO of YES Foundation, shares her views and how the initiative is creating inner transformation of youth through exposure to social causes.

A.R. RAHMAN Turns Hindi Film Producer

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Diwali has had its host of topics to write about, from news on a French film based on the Mumbai 2008 terrorist attacks to commenting on the Shah Rukh Khan - Deepika Padukone starrer Happy New Year or reviewing Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan's Bang Bang... However, the following piece of news seems personally more noteworthy and therefore I will give all above-mentioned topics the skip.

After recently working for television with Ashutosh Gowariker, AR Rahman is looking forward to starting the production of his maiden film, following in the footsteps of celebrated Vishal Bhardwaj who successfully transitioned from the music industry into film making.

The film will be in Hindi and will be set in North India. Rahman's new role as a producer should allow him to succeed in his pursuit to create music that is more representative of his own musical essence. It will equally open unlimited avenues to manifest his music visually, which he has been preparing for by being involved in the making of music videos.

When questioned about whether he would be willing to take on the filmmaking director's seat, Rahman acknowledges that film direction is not in his plans anytime soon. Working alongside film directors such as Danny Boyle and Mani Ratnam however did facilitate his interest and exploration of filming techniques, which will in turn allow him to be fully involved in the making of his first film.

FINDING FANNY Music Review: Goa's New Symbol

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Granted. Homi Adajania's Finding Fanny has enjoyed a fair number of accolades since its recent release this October. However, the Hindi Cinema Blog would like to focus today solely on the film's music. Yes indeed, we all have been particularly dead set on listening to the soundtrack's four songs by world music ace Mathias Duplessy (known for his work in films such as Peepli Live and Delhi in a Day) and Sachin-Jigar every time we get a chance since August and have become so seduced by them that we are recommending the album to friends and family in India and around the world. Here is why:

10 Indian Films to Anticipate - MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL 2014

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Following a hurried crowd funding campaign recently organized by the MAMI, the Mumbai Film Festival has successfully avoided falling short of the budget necessary to open its 2014 edition, bound to take place from October 14 to 21. The support of the festival's friends but also that of the Indian film industry played a pivotal role in recovering the odds of enjoying one of the city's flagship events.

The proof is in the opening of seat reservations at the MFF official website to enjoy the refined and eclectic selection of films screened in cinemas across Mumbai from more than 65 countries. Events and celebrities present for the festival (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Catherine Deneuve, Helen, Kalki Koechlin, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor among others) are also testimony to the relevance and influence of the festival.

Among the highly promising or already internationally acclaimed Indian films featured in the festival, the Hindi Cinema Blog recommends watching out for the following 10 films to experience a representative portrayal of current trends in Indian cinema: