The much awaited news scoop of the day is finally here wherein the global female bollywood icon and one of the finest versatile stars in bollywood who is the pride of our indian cinema as well, Priyanka takes over as chairperson of Jio MAMI film festival.
Best known for her remarkable performances in bollywood films like The Sky Is Pink (2019), Saat Khoon Maaf (2011), Barfi (2012) and The White Tiger (Netflix, 2020), Priyanka takes over as chairperson of Jio MAMI film festival.
The Mumbai Academy Of Moving Image (MAMI) finally unveiled its plans for the coming year on this Tuesday and the globally renowned female icon and superstar, producer, author and restaurateur Priyanka takes over as chairperson of Jio MAMI film festival.
It’s true that replacing Bajirao Mastani (2016) fame bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra is the new chairperson of the Jio MAMI film festival.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas was collectively voted as the chairperson by the MAMI board of trustees that comprises of Nita M Ambani (Co-Chairperson), Anupama Chopra (Festival Director), Ajay Bijli, Anand G. Mahindra, Farhan Akhtar, Isha Ambani, Kabir Khan, Kaustubh Dhavse, Kiran Rao, Rana Daggubati, Riteish Deshmukh, Rohan Sippy, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vishal Bhardwaj and Zoya Akhtar.
The board of chairpersons also welcomed two new members to its fold which include acclaimed filmmaker Anjali Menon and renowned filmmaker and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.
Speaking up on the new additions to the MAMI film festival board, Isha Ambani says, “For us, building a unique cultural space and platform for cinema like the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival over six years has been immensely fulfilling. Now more than ever, we need to nurture the power of cinema and art to heal and help humanity move forward. I look forward to my dear friend Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining our team and leading the way for Jio MAMI to reach new heights. She is a multifaceted global artist and a force of nature, we are privileged to have her on board”.
Festival Director and renowned film critic, Anupama Chopra added, “Continuing Jio MAMI’s strong tradition of female leadership, the indomitable Priyanka Chopra Jonas now joins as chairperson. She is a global icon. Her passion and vision will take MAMI to the next level”.
Furthermore, Priyanka Chopra reveals, “I’m so proud to be taking on the role of Chairperson of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. I’m really looking forward to working alongside these powerhouse women, Isha Ambani, Anupama Chopra, Smriti Kiran and the rest of the team, to take the festival to the next level. I’ve hit the road running… with ideas, thoughts and plans on reimagining the festival to find its rightful place in a world that has changed so much in such a short time. We are all consuming film and entertainment very differently now and, in the process, we’ve expanded the footprint of the cinema that we watch. I have always been a huge supporter and believer in films from across India and together, we hope to create a strong platform to showcase Indian cinema to the world”.
Jio MAMI’s evolving scope along with the challenges raised by the pandemic has led to Jio MAMI 2.0, which will have an expanded timeline. Instead of a film festival that happens over a week, Jio MAMI is now going to pan out from October 2021 to March 2022. From October onwards until January, under the Year-Round Programme, apart from Dial M For Films it will hold select digital screenings and masterclasses featuring talent from all over the world.
The crossbreed edition of the festival will take place in March depending on how the COVID-19 situation is in India. The tentative dates of the festival are March 11 to 15, 2022.
Jio MAMI 2.0 is going to be having a whole new focussed palette. Each section and vertical has been assessed with the lens of what creates value in the current scenario and what doesn’t. This includes creating more awards and grants for Indian films and filmmakers and letting go of the International Competition section.
Over these six months right from October 2021 to March 2022, Jio MAMI will focus on conversations with some of the best talent in India and abroad. It will screen all the amazing Indian films that have not gotten an opportunity to be showcased because the festival did not take place last year.
The digital verticals of Jio MAMI launched in 2020 to a staggering response like Dial M For Films, Storytellers Are Us: The Origin Story, Jio MAMI Industry Programme, Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab and the MAMI Year-Round Programme Home Theatre will continue to create stellar programming for its national audience.