The International Film Festival of India 2005 has finally come to a close, and the concluding ceremony was as filmi as they come.
Televsion actress Rakshanda Khan took the stage on Sunday afternoon, and said something tragically revealing: "Cinema is all about the stars."
While not a truism, that is certainly what passes for fact in terms of the Indian film industry. And without further adieu, director Sanjay Gupta took the stage, and the ceremony was suddenly a media event hyping the music release of his latest film, Zinda. Such a sad way to blatantly sell-out.
Inspired (ahem) by Chan-Woon Park's Korean Oldboy, the film stars Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham.
Sanju rocked along with Pakistani rockers Strings, but made a badly timed stage entry: he walked in just when John's monologue (Abraham was missing and presumably still shooting in Kabul) in the song began, and spent an awkward while posturing on stage with nothing really to do.
Still, the deadly Dutt swagger is quite something, and the actor was in great spirits.
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Text: Raja Sen | Photographs: PIB | Design: Uday Kuckian