Istoria- The Filmy Cocktail, an event conceptualized and organized by the Public Relations and
Corporate Communications batch of 2015-16, took place in the college quadrangle
on 28th February 2016. The theme for the event was created in an
attempt to celebrate Bollywood and Hollywood cinema. Therefore, the
performances and the content of the show was decided in accordance with the
central idea of a fusion between both entertainment industries.
enhance the above aspect, an audio visual was made, containing a reenactment by
our students of iconic scenes from famous Bollywood and Hollywood movies to
help our audience understand the theme better.
flow consisted of 3 main acts:
1) Dance: After approaching several dance
troops, the first act was a dance performance by Gang of Ace. It is currently headed by one of the former
instructors from Shiamak Davar’s famous Institute of Performing Arts- Awez Darbar.
The troop specializes in Hip
Hop and Indian dance styles which fitted our theme of a fusion. Therefore,
their performance for the event was an amalgamation of famous Bollywood and
Hollywood songs and their power housed dance moves.
2) Panel Discussion: The second and most important
act was the Panel Discussion. The theme chosen for Istoria worked to our
advantage as our class had the chance to approach several well renowned and
established personas from the film and entertainment industry in India. The
panelist for the event were Atul Kasbekar(Indian Fashion Photographer and Bollywood Film Producer), Sahil Shah (a Comedian from East India Comedy), Anupama Chopra (Indian Author, Journalist
and Film Critic), Raja Krishna Menon(Film Writer, Director and Producer), and Suchitra
Pillai (Indian Actress, Model, Anchor and VJ). Due to the seriousness of
the panel discussion, it was decided that having a professional compere the discussion
would best suit the interests of the event.
For this, a well-known and renowned
professional- RJ Suren from Radio
Mirchi 98.3 FM was approached to compere the panel discussion for the event. He
currently hosts several shows on the radio channel; one of them being
independent (Mirchi Top 20) while the other with a co-host RJ Meera (The Meera
and Suren Show). Along with the above, a framework and theme for the discussion
was discussed and decided upon by the class which was shared with RJ Suren,
therefore giving the discussion some direction and allowed for its smooth flow.
The theme was Emerging Cinema Perspectives: The Deconstruction of Innovative
Marketing and Digital Technology. The theme was chosen in an attempt to engage
the audience in an intellectual manner. The discussion shed light on the
current effects and influence of various digital and technological platforms on
cinema and the constant shift in marketing strategies used in both Bollywood
3) Band: The third and final closing act for
the night was the band performance by Anand
Bhaskar Collective. They are a growing band that performs in various cities
all over the nation and was founded by Anand Bhaskar- a singer and song writer.
The band falls within the genre of Alternative Rock and a fusion of Indian Classical
elements, therefore fitting our requirements. For the event, they performed
several famous Hindi and English covers and also some of their original songs.