MAMI to fete Rishi Kapoor, Gulzar, Hitendra Ghosh

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Mumbai, Mar 9 (UNI) The ongoing tenth MAMI International Film Festival here will felicitate Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor, lyricist Gulzar and sound recordist and engineer Hitendra Ghosh for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

Rishi Kapoor will be presented with the ''Award for significant contribution to cinema over 25 years to an actor/director'' while Gulzar will be bestowed the ''Award for outstanding contribution to Indian film music: lyrics.'' Hitendra Ghosh will be presented the ''Kodak award for technical excellence in sound recording''.

''Gulzar started life in Mumbai by working in a garage. He launched his career as lyricist with Bimal Roy. He later started writing for directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Asit Sen,'' film critic Deepa Gahlt says offering some insights into the lyricist's life.

Some of Gulzar's films are ''Anand (1970)'', ''Guddi (1971)'', ''Baawarchi (1972)'', ''Namak Haram (1973)'', ''Golmaal (1979)'' and ''Khoobsoorat (1980)''.

Recently he has written lyrics of ''Beedi'' for ''Omkara' and ''Kajra Re'' for ''Bunty Aur Babli''. He has also penned the lyrics for ''Aandhi'' starring Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen. He has worked with the legendary music directors like S D Burman, Salil Choudhury, Hemant Kumar, R D Burman and Madan Mohan.

Gulzar has won the National Award thrice, he has also won the Sahitya Academy award and was awarded the Padma Bhushan.

Rishi Kapoor, the 100-films-old actor, has given some of his best performances in films like ''Bobby'', ''Mera Naam Joker'', ''Coolie', ''Tehzeeb'', ''Prem Rog'', ''Damini'', ''Henna'', ''Prem Granth'', ''Amar Akbar Anthony'', ''Naseeb'', ''Yeh Vaada Raha'', ''Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi'', ''Kabhie Kabhie'', ''Chandni'', ''Vijay'', ''Doosra Aadmi'', ''Karz'', ''Sargam'' and ''Nagina''.

Hitendra Ghosh started his career with Shyam Benegal in 1975 and has worked on films like ''Manthan'', ''Bhumika'', ''Aakrosh'', ''Parinda'', ''Chandni'', ''Ram Lakhan'', ''Sadak'', ''Aks'', ''Asoka'', ''Rang De Basanti'', ''Swades'' and ''Life in a Metro''.

An FTII alumnus, Hitendra has freelanced as sound recordist with directors like Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Tapan Sinha, Govind Nihalani, Subhash Ghai and Rakesh Roshan. Hitendra Ghosh considers his best work in Ashutosh Gowarikar's magnum opus ''Jodhaa Akbar'' He has won several National awards, Filmfare awards, Screen, Zee Cine and IAFA awards.

Meanwhile, the 10th MAMI International Film Festival will showcase ''Chak De India'', directed by Shimit Amin, in the ''Indian Competition Section''.

The film had won the critics award this year and Shah Rukh Khan won the Best Actor Trophy at the recently held 53rd Filmfare awards.

Speaking to UNI, one of the players of the ''Chak De'' team Shilpa Shukla alias Bindiya Naik, said, ''It was a wonderful experience working with Shah Rukh Khan who was always helpful. Both Jaideep Sahni and Shimit Amin are brilliant in their respective crafts.'' Shimit Amin, incidentally, had made his directorial debut in 2004 with ''Ab Tak Chappan'' starring Nana Patekar.

Also to be showcased is ''Taare Zameen Par'' where Bollywood star Aamir Khan makes his directorial debut. The film also won the critics award this year at the 53rd Filmfare awards. Critic Komal Nahata says, '' It is a very good film.'' ''Taare Zameen Par'' has bagged several awards including those at the Sundance Film Festival 2007, Vienna Film Festival 2007, International Film Festival of India Goa 2007, and Milwaukee International Film Festival 2007.

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