The 15th annual Bollywood Festival Norway took place from 8 to 14th September 2017. The festival opened with a great fanfare at the Lorenskog Hus Kino on 8th September with prominient personalities from Bollywood & Norway gracing the red carpet. Bollywood’s Bad man Gulshan Grover, National award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar, Amit Khanna, Singers Jaspinder Narula, Jassi Jasbir, Norway’s culture minister Linda Hofstad Helleland, Mayor of Lorenskog Ragnhild Bergheim & Mayor of Skedsmo Ole Jacob Flaten. The program was every bit as diverse as the event venues; Lorenskog, Oslo & Lillestrom.
The Festival opened its doors to traditional & Bollywood dance performances by various dance groups, followed by an award ceremony where Gulshan Grover was awarded for his Indo-Iran film Salaam Mumbai & Madhur Bhandarkar as best director for Indu Sarkar. The opening film Badman pened to great response from the audience. Next film Indu Sarkar was equally appreciated.
On 9th September 2017 our most delightful event, the Bollywood musical night began with Vijaygopal trio who mesmerized the audience with their talented performance. The band is very eclectic in genre as well as era in its musical selection. Later the stage was torched by Singers Jasbir Jassi & Jaspinder Narula making the audience dance to their tunes.
Master class with Madhur Bhandarkar at Klingenberg Kjeller was on 10th September 2017 was moderated by Faridoon Shahryar of Bollywood Hungama. An event where Mr. Bhandarkar shared his experiences as a director & producer to all. A seminar of Bollywood & business India with Mr. Amit Khanna was on 11th September 2017. The seminar highlighted the trends of business in Bollywood & India.
Festival films were screened at venues, Lorenskog, Oslo & Lillestrom. All the films did well & were loved by one and all.
The closing ceremony on 14th September 2017 had Mr. Arjun Rampal walked the red carpet at Klingenberg Oslo along with Mr. Rahul Mittra & Raju Chadda of Wave group, India. A Meet & Greet session with Arjun Rampal was organized for all the fans in Norway. His film Daddy was the closing film of the annual event. Arjun Rampal was awarded best Actor & Producer award for his film Daddy.
Before the screening a Q&A session was carried out with Arjun Rampal giving glimpse of his career & making of his film Daddy. Later film Daddy opened to all closing the event with cheerfulness.
We take great honour to thank everyone for their great love & support. Big thanks to our sponsors, Media, team, participants, friends & Family in making this event a huge success.
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This year's opening film is a full entertainer, a mad comic caper movie featuring the legendary Bad Man of Bollywood, Gulshan Grover. But this time the Bad Man is actually a hero and as our honourable guest star Mr. Gulshan Grover would be part of the screening. There will be only one screening of the film Bad Man so don't miss it.
We are happy to share that film Salam Mumbai, a film which is the first Indian-Iranian project started by Mr. Grover would be screened as part of the IRAN DAY on 10th September. The actor also starred in the film and it became a big hit in Iran. Salam Mumbai screening will be represented by the director of the film Ghorban Mohammadpour. The film also cast Dia Mirza, Poonam Dhillon and Mohammed Raza Gulzar from Iran among others.
He has been everything when it comes to the Media & Entertainment industry; a renowned journalist, a succesful producer, an accomplished poet, adept script and dialogue writer and also a great lyrics writer. He is former Chairman to a giant film studio, Reliance Entertainment, director of Reliance BIG Tv, president of the Film Producers' Guild of India and also has servered the Central Board of Film Certification and Indian Industry as a memeber.
With all this, he comes to Bollywood Festival Norway to share his experience at the Master Class event with the participants. A man who has visualized the Indian entertainment industry like no other. Print, radio, television or film Industry, his career has left a mark on every platform.
Meet him & take home the valuable lessons he gives you on 11th September for Invitees only.
Arjun Rampal's much talked-about film Daddy, which is based on the story of Mumbai-based gangster Arun Gawli, will be the closing film of the 15th Annual event. The Icing on the cake is that Arjun Rampal will be present for the screening of the film. As the Producer & Actor of the film he will be attending the festival on 14th September 2017, the day of the screening. Apart from the film screening he is also the Guest of Honor to the event.
The actor, has impressed all and sundry with his terrific act as Arun Gawli in the teaser of Ashim Ahluwalia's 'Daddy'. Daddy has been made over a period of three years, when Arjun and the rest of the film's team were in constant communication with the Gawlis. 'Daddy,' looks like the very gangster saga that the Indian audience that has perennially yearned for more from the genre with a near voyeuristic eagerness.
Maatr an Indian thriller film directed by Ashtar Sayed will be screened at the 15th Annual Bollywood Festival Norway. The film is about a mother's love, something which cannot be compared to anything in this world. Starring Raveena Tandon as the wounded mother seeking revenge for her little girl’s brutal death while fighting the society’s prejudices, Maatr tries to fit in everything in one single plotline, thus ending in a shoddy mess with a meaningful heart.
Watch the film at Bollywood Festival Norway. Screening dates shall be announced soon.
Padma Shri and 4 time National Award Winner; Madhur Bhandarkar will be star attraction along side Gulshan Grover on the opening day of Bollywood Festival Norway. Madhur Bhandarkar is all set to lit the event with his presence and also share his thoughts and give tips on film making at the master class at the event. His latest film Indu Sarkar is part of the festival. Indu Sarkar is a political drama co-written, produced and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. The film has been critically acclaimed by the media for its content, acting and direction.
"It is honor to have guests like Madhur Bhandarkar in supporting us in our aim of promoting Indian cinema and talent in Norway. We are really exited to host every guest to Bollywood Festival Norway 2017" said festival director; Nasrullah Qureshi.
Konkana’s Directorial Debut Feature Film has been doing rounds of many festivals across the world. The movie, which won the Best Director honour for Konkona at the New York Indian Film Festival, features Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey Ranvir Shorey, Tillotama Shome, Jim Sarbh, Tanuja and the late Om Puri.
The film is an atmospheric thriller set in 1979 at McCluskieganj, near Ranchi. Every festival it has travelled the audience, the jury, everyone who watched it has loved it and we are sure that the Bollywood Festival Norway’s audience shall love it too.
A death in the Gunj is a story is a beautiful slice of a life cum thriller film, with a lesson.