The founder chairman of Film and Television department of Jagannath University (JnU) Junaid Ahmed Halim has received National Film Award-2019 in the editing category for Maya: The Lost Mother.
Earlier, he also received the national award as the best editor in 2004 for “Shangkhanad” and 2009 for “Britter Baire”.
The information ministry on Thursday announced the names of the winners of National Film Award-2019, the highest recognition for contribution to the film industry in 26 categories.
Junaid Halim was also former chairman of mass communication and journalism department at JnU.
He completed graduation and post graduation in mass communication and journalism from Dhaka University. He also obtained post graduate diploma in cinema, specialising editing from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (1996).
His diploma film "Yea O Seher To Nahin" also got National Film Award of India (1996). He got special Jury Award for documentary "Dhaka Tokai" from Oberhausen Film Festival, the then West Germany (1986). Many of his edited films got various awards from highly reputed film festivals around the globe. Among them are "Nirantor" "Swapna Danay" and so on.
So far, Junaid Halim has edited, directed, scripted and worked for more than 50 films mostly of independent stream. He is a key founder member of Bangladesh Short Film Forum (1986) and International Short and Independent Film festival of BSF (1988). He is professional film Director, editor, producer, script writer, post production adviser and amateur actor.
He was born in Kathalia union of Narsingdi district. His is wife Marufa Akter Poppy, a member of central committee of Bangladesh Awami League.
Talking to UNB, he urged the information ministry to scrutinise to bring transparency the incentive money for the sake of the film industry.
“Once, intellectual persons like Zahir Raihan came into the cinema profession but the day has gone. Now, there is no alternative way to improve the quality of cinema to bring a good day for the industry in Bangladesh. So, brilliant persons should be encouraged to come into the industry to make good cinema,” he also said.
Putting years of speculation to rest, south Indian superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday announced that he will launch a political party in January next year to contest in the upcoming assembly elections in his home state of Tamil Nadu.
“In the upcoming elections, we will achieve a big victory with the support of the people. Spiritual politics will emerge in Tamil Nadu that will bring transparency, honesty... a politics with no corruption and one that is free of caste and religious bias," he tweeted.
"A wonder and miracle will definitely happen," the 69-year-old wrote with hashtags "It's now or never" and "We will change, we will change everything".
Later, Rajinikanth told the media, "I am ready to sacrifice even my life for the sake of Tamil people... It is now or never. If I win it will be the people's victory, if I lose it will be their defeat." The superstar had first indicated his intentions to join politics in 2017.
This would be the first election since the death of Tamil Nadu's two most powerful politicians, J Jayalalithaa of the ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK's MK Karunanidhi, created a political vacuum in the politically important state.
Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajinikanth made his debut in 1975 Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema, whose popularity has been attributed to his uniquely styled dialogues in films.
He has won many awards, including four Tamil Nadu State Film Best Actor Awards and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. The Indian government honored the philanthropist with two civilian awards -- the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.
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After a gap of nearly eight years, yesteryear Bollywood heroine Neetu Singh Kapoor is all set to stage a comeback in films.
The 62-year-old wife of late Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor, who is currently shooting for 'Jug Jug Jiyo', has announced his comeback by sharing a picture from the sets of the film on Instagram. “Thank you @dharmamovies for ensuring a safe environment (on the sets of the film)," she wrote.
Her co-star Anil Kappor wrote: "So happy to have you back on set Mrs James. We all here for you and have full faith that you’ll take the screen by storm again! I’m super excited to be a part of the #JugJugJeeyo journey with you!"
Neetu made her debut as a child actress with the film 'Suraj' in 1966 at the age of eight.
She made her adult debut in 1973 with the film 'Rickshawala', and went on to appear in 50 films as the lead heroine from 1973 to 1983.
Two years after her marriage with Rishi in 1980, Neetu had quit acting. However, she made a comeback in 2009, appearing opposite her husband in the film 'Love Aaj Kal'. Between 2010 and 2013, she acted in three films -- Do Dooni Chaar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and Besharam. However, she had been completely out of Bollywood since then.
Her husband Rishi made his debut, as an adolescent, in his father Raj Kapoor's film 'Mera Naam Joker' in 1970, for which he won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist. As an adult actor, his first lead role was in the teen romance flick 'Bobby' in 1973. He is considered to be one of the most successful actors in the history of Bollywood.
Neetu and Rishi's son Ranbir is also a Bollywood star, who made his acting debut in tragic romance Saawariya in 2007, a critical and commercial failure. Ranbir rose to prominence in his 2009 film 'Wake Up Sid' and romantic comedy 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani'.
A regional action film titled 'Jallikattu' -- which derives its name from the traditional bull-taming event in the southern state of Tamil Nadu -- is India's official entry to the Oscars 2021.
"There were a total of 27 films that had entered the race from Hindi, Malayalam and Marathi languages. The film nominated by the jury to represent India at next year's Oscars is Malayalam film 'Jallikattu'," filmmaker Rahul Rawail told the media on Wednesday.
"It is a film that really brings out the raw problems which are there in human beings, that is we are worse than animals," said Rawail, also the chairman of the Film Federation of India.
Directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery and based on a short story by S. Hareesh, the film features actors Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran.
The plot follows a bull that escapes from a slaughterhouse in a hilly remote village and the entire village men gather to hunt down the animal. The film also focuses on subplots like the father of a bride deciding the menu for next day marriage.
"The whole film talks about an animal that has run amok in a butcher's shop. The film has been depicted wonderfully and it has been shot very well. The emotion that comes out really moved all of us to have it selected," said Rawail.
'Jallikattu' premiered in September 2019 at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim. The film was also showcased at the 24th Busan International Film Festival under the section 'A Window on Asian Cinema'.
Over 2,000 years old, Jallikattu is typically practised in Tamil Nadu during the harvest festival of Pongal, which occurs annually in January. A bull is released into a crowd of people, and thousands chasing the animal bulls to grab prizes tied to its horns.
Over the years, scores of people have been gored or trampled to death in the contests. Though the country's Supreme Court had banned it earlier, the state government passed an ordinance in 2017 to continue the sport.