Centre for Excellence officials at the news meet on Thursday. (Bhola Prasad)
Cinema and stalwarts Imtiaz Ali, Vikramaditya Motwane, Ashoke Vishwanathan and Alyque Padamsee will send the city reeling this weekend.
Centre for Excellence, jointly with Celluloid Chapter of Jamshedpur, is gearing up to host Hundred Years of Indian Cinema, a film festival, at Tata Auditorium on Saturday and Centre for Excellence on Sunday.
The event, based on the theme Indian Cinema Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, will be inaugurated by managing director of Tata Steel T.V. Narendran.
On Saturday, the inaugural session will see Ira Bhaskar, professor of cinema studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, present a lecture-cum-presentation, chronicling 100 years of Indian cinema. The senior academic will illustrate the conflict between art and commerce and social impact of films.
It will be an evening of learning and enjoyment with rare video footage that will trace the evolution of Indian cinema and present-day challenges, Jenny Shah, head of Centre for Excellence, said.
On Sunday morning, Calcutta-based Take 5 Communications will host a workshop for city students where they will be introduced to the practical side of film-making.
The Centre for Excellence has an MoU with 50 city schools. Two students from each of these cradles will get a chance to take part in the meet.
But the highlight of the event will be a panel discussion at Centre for Excellence.
Distinguished speakers such as film directors Imtiaz Ali, Vikramaditya Motwane, Ashoke Vishwanathan and theatre personality and ad man Alyque Padamsee will speak on the future of Indian cinema.
Sunil Bhaskaran, deputy vice-president (corporate services), Tata Steel, will be the chief guest.
Movie buffs will enjoy a series of feature , short and documentary films during the Jamshedpur International Film Festival, which will run simultaneously at Centre for Excellence and SNTI Auditorium from December 16 to 24.
The movie festival will be followed by a film appreciation course for budding film-makers of Jamshedpur.