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Cintaa’s ActFest is a Tribute to the Artiste

Cintaa’s ActFest is a Tribute to the Artiste

by The Daily Eye News Desk February 9 2019, 11:12 pm Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins, 21 secs

World’s first festival for the actors, by the actors.

On February 15 and 16, 2019 actors will descend in Mumbai for ActFest, the world’s first festival exclusively dedicated to Actors organised by Cintaa (Cine and TV Artistes’ Association). The festival is an action-packed knowledge series and features some of India’s most eminent and popular artistes participating in discussions, conducting workshops or giving lectures on various aspects of the art. ActFest is open to everyone and one can register on Star TV is the Presenting Sponsor of ActFest 2019, and the event is conceived and designed by The 48 Hour Film Project, India. It will be held at multiple venues of Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal, Vile Parle (Mithibai & NM College campuses).

A grand opening will be held on Friday February 15 at 2:15 pm at the prestigious Mukesh Patel auditorium, Vile Parle. Renowned Indian theatre exponent, film director and actor Vijaya Mehta is the Chief Guest of the Opening Ceremony, while one of Bollywood’s newest stars Sara Ali Khan is the Guest of Honour. Bollywood’s latest sensation Vicky Kaushal will be the Chief Guest at the Closing Ceremony on Sat. Feb 16, also at the Mukesh Patel auditorium, and actor Jimmy Shergill will be the Guest of Honour. The rich experience of Vijaya Mehta, with inspiring talks by the young and talented Vicky and Sara and will inspire actors to keep seeking and enhancing their knowledge and never stop learning.

ActFest is a knowledge series for aspiring and professional actors to engage, share, discuss and enhance their skills and knowledge. The past glories, current trends and future prospects of the profession, will be discussed through panel discussions, lectures and Q&As. Workshops teaching the skills useful to actors are planned with the industry leaders.


Some of the renowned actors associated with ActFest are Amit Sadh, Amole Gupte, Archana Puran Singh, Ashish Vidyarthi, Dilip Joshi, Kritika Kamra, Kubbra Sait, Gajraj Rao, Manoj Bajpayee, Manoj Joshi, Neena Gupta, Nakuul Mehta, Parmeet Sethi, Rajit Kapoor, Rasika Duggal, Raveena Tandon, Ravi Kishan, Richa Chaddha, Shreyas Talpade, Sumeet Vyas, Swara Bhaskar, and Renuka Shahane among others.

Speaking about ActFest and the tremendous support received from all quarters, Hon. Gen. Secy. Cintaa, Sushant Singh says, “We are very happy & grateful to Sara Ali Khan and Vicky Kaushal, two talented performers from today’s generation, who are gracing ActFest with their presence. It means a lot to all of us in the field of performing arts, their support to the ActFest is also a big morale booster to their association ie CINTAA.”

ActFest 2019 features the following hands-on workshops:

Art of Acting by Rajit Kapur

Dance by Ahmed Khan and Paulson

Make-up and hair by Bharat and Doris

Movement for actors by Deepal Doshi

Improv Comedy by Improv Comedy Mumbai

Regional language acting finds a special mention at ActFest as actors Manoj Joshi, Ravi Kishen, Divya Dutta and Sudhanshu Pandey, discuss the topic, moderated by Renuka Shahane.

A panel discussion titled, “Role of Actors in Changing the Narratives” will highlight the contribution of actors in influencing the ongoing discourse on issues related to health, sustainability and environment. The newer trends in entertainment like digital content and the changing face of comedy will also be the focus of other panel discussions. Film critics and actors discuss whether it's possible to find inspiration in criticism, while Rubaroo, a series of tete-atete talks with actors Neena Gupta, Rajit Kapur, Manoj Bajpayee and Ronit Roy will trace their interesting journeys into acting.

The event has been curated and created by Cintaa, jointly with the 48 Hour Film Project, an internationally renowned short film platform 140 cities worldwide. Speaking about the event, Amit Behl, Hon. Senior Joint Secy., Cintaa says, “We planned ActFest to celebrate the Actor, their art, journeys, highs and lows, and to let the world know of Cintaa’s zeal and commitment to uplifting the levels of the Indian performer.”

“Never before have so many respected actors come together to talk about their art and craft; it’s always been about the film, never the face of the film,” says Yogi Chopra, India Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project.

At ActFest, Cintaa, India's largest and oldest association working for the welfare of actors, will honour those actors whose contribution to Indian performing arts has gone hitherto unrecognized. It will present the Cintaa Hall of Fame Awards to these veteran actors who have entertained generations of film, theatre and TV lovers. The awardees are: Chandrashekhar, Farida Dadi, Paintal, Daisy Irani, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rajendra Gupta, Jagdeep, Nimmi, Ramesh Deo, Saira Bano, Seema Deo, Shubha Khote, Surekha Sikri, Tabassum, Viju Khote.

Highlights of ActFest 2019

30+ workshops, lectures, sessions and panel discussions

50+ celebrities, artistes over 2 days

Cintaa Hall of Fame Awards for 15 veteran actors

Over 1000 attendees expected

Vijaya Mehta, Sara Ali Khan to grace the Opening Ceremony

Vicky Kaushal, Jimmy Shergill to be present for the Closing Ceremony

Johnny Lever and his daughter Jamie to perform for the first time together on stage for the Opening Act on Fri Feb 15 at 2:15 pm  

The other Guests and Speakers at ActFest 2019 include Abhijeet Deshpande, Abhimanyu Ray, Ajay Brahmatmaj, Ali Asgar, Alka Malhotra (UNICEF), A.L. Sharada (Population First), Amit Behl, Amit Sadh, Amit Sial, Amole Gupte, Ankita Patel, Anmol Ahuja, Archana Puran Singh, Archana Vyas (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Arjun Bijlanee, Ashish Vidyarthi, Ashutosh Rana, Ayub Khan, Bharat & Doris, Bharathi Pradhan, Chhavi Mittal, Deepak Dobriyal, Deepika Singh, Delnaz Irani, Dilip Joshi, Divya Dutta, Flora Saini, Gajraj Rao, Gaurav Bannerjee (Star TV), Gaurav Gera, Gautam Kishanchandani, Kabir Sadanand, Karan Mally, Karan Patel, Kavita Kaushik, Kritika Kamra, Kubbra Sait, Kumud Mishra, Lakshmi Iyer, Malini Agarwal, Manini Dey, Manoj Joshi, Mayur Puri, Meghna Ghai Puri, Mona Ambegaonkar, Mukesh Tiwari, Nakuul Mehta, Nasir Khan, Naved Aslam, Naved Aslam, Neena Gupta, Nikhil Madhok (Hotstar), P. N. Vasanti (Centre for Media Studies), Parmeet Sethi, Radha Rani Mitra (BBC Media Action), Rajeev Masand, Rajit Kapur, Rasika Duggal, Raveena Tandon, Ravi Kishan, Renuka Shahane, Ridhi Dogra, Rohit Khilnani, Sachin Khedekar, Sanjay Chouhan, Seema Pahwa, Simone Singh Smita Bansal Suchitra Pillai Sudhanshu Pandey Sumeet Vyas, Sunil Salgia, Sushant Singh, Sushmita Mukherjee, Swara Bhaskar, Tanaaz Irani, Tess Joseph, Vikas Gupta, Vrajesh Hirjee, and Zama Habib

For more information contact: Preeti Gopalkrishnan –98200 10052| Yogi Chopra – 98203 66313 ActFest

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