Makeovers planned for film festival, national awards

India is looking at ways to revamp two of its major film events.

On Thursday Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni announced that she had set up an expert committee to suggest ways to bring the Intl. Film Festival of India, held in Goa, up to international standards.

The IFFI committee includes directors Govind Nihalani and Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, film lyricist Prasoon Joshi, producer-director Karan Johar, producer-director-actor Kamal Haasan, producer Pritish Nandy, thesp-director Nandita Das, actor Shabana Azmi, cinematographer-director A.K. Bir, cinema chain owner Pooja Shetty Deora, author Kishwar Desai, film critic Maithili Rao and politician C.S. Sapra.

The ministry has also convened a committee to recommend changes to India’s 55-year-old National Film Awards, the country’s most prominent film kudos.The committee comprises directors Shyam Benegal, Ashok Vishwanathan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nagesh Kukunoor, Jahnu Baruah, Shaji Karun and Sai Paranjape; thesps Sharmila Tagore, Mohan Agashe and Waheeda Rehman; plus talk showhost and director Rajiv Mehrotra.

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