The rapid globalization of the Indian entertainment industry has seen leading figures from India and overseas interacting at various forums to discuss a range of topics of mutual interest. In his capacity as the first Indian correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter (from 1999-2021), Connectment Films founder Nyay Bhushan has moderated a number of such interactions as presented below.
2021 : India at Cannes
Discussion on Filming in India hosted at the Virtual India Pavilion at Cannes organized by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).
How India is positioning itself as an attractive film shooting destination with the government implementing a single window clearance mechanism managed by the Film Facilitation Office.
Dhanpreet Kaur, Director (Films) and MD, National Film Development Corporation; Neerja Sekhar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary and MD, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board; Emmanuel Pappas , Producer (Skater Girl); Alan McAlex, Producer (A Suitable Boy among other projects);
Vikramjit Roy, Head, Film Facilitation Office; Respected film-maker Shaji Karun whose 1988 film Piravi received a Camera D’Or Special Mention and follow-up films Swaham and Vanaprastham were also selected at Cannes.
Date: 7 July 2021
2020: FICCI e-FRAMES Conference
Case study on hit Israeli series Fauda
Israeli series Fauda (which means ‘chaos’ in Arabic) has been a global phenomenon which has also won over a loyal following in India with its gritty portrayal of an elite undercover Israeli commando unit. Fauda is getting its first international remake with an Indian version set against the India-Pakistan conflict. This interaction discusses what went into the creation of Fauda.
Lior Raz, Lead actor and co-creator of Fauda; Laëtitia Eïdo, actress who portrayed the character of Dr. Shirin Al Abed; Danna Stern, Managing Director – Yes Studios, Makers of Fauda.
Date: 8 July 2020
2019 : Film Bazaar
Harnessing the Power of Engagement – The FFO (Film Facilitation Office) model
Since its inception in 2015, the government’s Film Facilitation Office has worked towards promoting India as a film destination while streamlining procedures for obtaining permissions and other incentives. This discussion was held at the annual Film Bazaar event in Goa organized by the National Film Development Corporation and examined how India is attracting international projects and the challenges faced to make the country more competitive on the world stage.
T C A Kalyani, Managing Director, National Film Development Corporation; Richard Sharkey, Producer, Production and Location Manager (Shantaram, Marco Polo)
2016: Film Bazaar
Masterclass with producer Philip Lee – Mounting and Positioning the Epic across Cultures
Acclaimed producer Philip Lee has an enviable list of credits which include Oscar winning epics such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Revenant among a host of blockbuster projects. In this discussion held at the Film Bazaar in Goa, Lee shared his experiences in his journey to becoming an international producer and what went behind the scenes on some of his most memorable projects.
Date: 24 November 2016