Shabana Azmi’s smart phrases about ‘staying true to acting’ resonated superbly with the reside on-line viewers on the launch of Shift Focus – A School for Cinema and Life by National Award-winning filmmaker Arunaraje Patil. Azmi spoke in regards to the transformation an actor goes by way of “on his way to becoming a star”, whereas focussing on how an actor can match into any function by witnessing life itself. “On your path to becoming a star, you stop interacting with everyday people. You stop speaking to your sabziwala, you don’t go where everybody goes and you begin to lose your touch with your self and acting. But in reality, the resource base of an actor should be life itself.”
The 2-hour occasion was additionally graced by father-daughter duo Subhash Ghai and Meghna Ghai-Puri, who reminisced about working intently with Arunaraje whereas establishing their very own college Whistling Woods International. “Shift Focus is looking beyond the obvious,” Subhash Ghai mentioned, as he greeted his viewers.
Kavita Khanna reminisced on her affiliation and shut friendship of many years with Arunaraje. The two spoke of Kavita’s late husband, iconic star Vinod Khanna, and his generosity – that Arunaraje witnessed first-hand on the set of Rihaee. “I am so full of emotion and admiration. I love the spirit of Shift Focus,” Khanna mentioned.
Leena Yadav, director of award-winning drama Parched and winner of the Best Director on the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, praised Arunaraje for her new initiative and enthralled all when requested what cinema means to her: “Once you start making films, cinema is life and life is cinema and both blend into one another. Making Parched was my Shift Focus moment and I realised how enriching that can be!” Yadav mentioned.
About Arunaraje Patil:
A critically acclaimed award-winning filmmaker, Arunaraje is a author, editor, director and producer. She handed out of the Film Institute of India with a gold medal and was the primary skilled lady technician to come back out of the Institute and the primary lady technician within the movie trade. She acquired the First woman Award from the Government and was felicitated by the President together with different First Ladies. Advertising movies, documentaries, tv serials and options – she has completed all of them. Her function movies embody (the primary three as part of the duo ArunaVikas) Shaque (Vinod Khanna, Shabana Azmi), Gehrayee (Dr.Lagu, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri), Situm (Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah), and Rihaee (Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Naseeruddin Shah), Patita Pavana & Patita Pavani (Sukanya Kulkarni, Raju Khandagale), Bhairavi (Ashwini Bhave, Sridhar), Keh Do Na (Simone Singh, Parveen Dabas), Tum (Manisha Koirala, Rajat Kapoor) and Firebrand in Marathi produced by Priyanka Chopra and launched on Netflix final 12 months in 2019.
Her tv work contains Bhakri ani Phool and Shaadi Ya __. She has additionally edited movies like Giddh and Masoom. Many of her movies have robust girls themes and he or she has represented girls in lots of boards. She has been enthusiastic about empowering ladies and men too to create a brand new equation of gender equality the place they will reside harmoniously, their relationships based mostly on mutual love and respect. She has labored with industrial intercourse employees within the crimson gentle space, writing about their life in verse type as ‘Red-light Verses’.
Actively concerned in movie training, she has been part of decision-making our bodies and instructing the themes of Screenwriting, Direction, Editing & Production in lots of movie colleges together with Film & Television Institute of India, Pune and Whistling Woods International Film School, heading the Academics as Vice-President, in addition to the Direction division previously. She has been a robust voice for documentaries and has headed the Indian Documentary Producers affiliation as President, twice.
She has gained 5 National awards for her documentaries, ‘Mallika Sarabhai’, ‘A New Paradigm’ and ‘Behind the Glass Wall’ the latter two which have been about kids with particular wants. She has additionally bought many state awards and has served on many juries together with the National Film Awards, Filmfare and Screen. Her movies have been showcased in festivals in Australia, France and Spain. Her documentaries have gained some awards within the United States too. She has represented India in lots of worldwide conferences. A eager traveller she has travelled not solely throughout India however many elements of the world having been a daily customer to the United States and Europe significantly to Germany and Paris.
As a eager pupil and practitioner of ontology she has been concerned in transformational work since 1997. She has been a Landmark Forum Leader and has led transformational packages for greater than 50,000 individuals, additionally making a distinction as a life coach and motivational speaker. Apart from writing her personal scripts, she has written a number of articles which have been revealed. Her autobiography known as FREEDOM – My story revealed by Harper Collins was launched in 2017.
About Shift Focus:
Our goal is to go away the contributors with greater than information and know-how! Passionate as we’re about Cinema, we want to go away the contributors on the finish of our programs equally enthusiastic about residing a life that they take pleasure in, driving each the excessive and low waves of life which are inevitable!
There is not any dearth of data on the web. We imagine within the high quality of instructing that may make the largest distinction. Our intention is to create the longer term not only for cinematic expression of the individuals in our programs however for lives properly lived.
We are thriving in contributing concepts, philosophies, tales and cinematic expressions that rework individuals, cultures and all the world with artistic knowledge & ardour.
A faculty dedicated to the very best high quality of instructing, creating accesess for each form of individual to find their distinctive self-expression within the medium of Cinema and talk with confidence to the world, within an extraordinary-life!