Category Archives: Conference/Workshop

Day 1: Saturday, Oct 6th 2012

Saturday, Oct. 6th:

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Bollywood 101: An Introduction to the largest film industry in the world

    • Welcome Remarks and introduction of Ticket2Bollywood Conference Organizer Ajay Shrivastav – Director, Molecule Communications
    • Ajay Shrivastav tells the story behind Ticket2Bollywood
    • Ajay introduces Madhur Bhandarkar, Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar,& Anuraadha Tewari
    • Anuraardha Tewari moderates the panel and discusses:
      • The history of Bollywood
      • The new face of Bollywood and how far the industry has progressed
      • What sets Bollywood apart from Hollywood

11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – Coffee/Tea Break

11:15 to 12:30 p.m. – Bollywood: Beyond the Song and Dance

    • Potential Panelists: Imtiaz Ali, DJ Rekha & Wayne Sharpe
    • Moderator: Anuraadha Tewari
      • The role of song and dance in Bollywood movies
      • The evolution of Bollywood songs
      • How the background score and music impact the power of the film

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Break for participants

12:30 to 1 p.m. – Lunch Break for celebrities

1 to 3 p.m. – Press Conference & One-on-one interviews with Media for celebrities

    • JINGO Media’s Jitin Hingorani introduces the four filmmakers
    • Each filmmaker speaks for 2-3 minutes about their “role” at Ticket2Bollywood
    • Media Question & Answer with celebrities
    • One-on-one interviews with media

1:30 to 3 p.m. – Crossover Actors & Filmmakers: Hollywood to Bollywood and Back

    • Potential Panelists: Samrat Chakrabarti, Pooja Kumar Mathur & Neelu Sodhi
    • Potential Moderator: Aseem Chhabra

3 to 3:15 p.m. – Coffee/Tea Break

3:15 to 5 p.m. – Conversation with Madhur Bhandarkar: Directing Cinema Veritae

    • Potential Moderator: Aseem Chhabra



• We are like this only: The History of Song and Dance in Bollywood

• Making a Song and Dance about it: Impact of the Bollywood Song and Dance routine on contemporary Indian Culture

• It’s Different: How the Bollywood Song Sequence is not the same as the Hollywood/Broadway Musical

• Writing the Song into a Script: Examples from Bollywood Films in the last decade

• Contemporary Lyrics: expressing love in a new way

• Love Rules: Why India is obsessed with Love Stories and Romantic Songs

• Songless but Strong: How to survive Bollywood without any Songs in your Film

• Film Promotions: The Power of the Song in promoting and marketing of a Film

• The Item Girl: The Re-emergence of the Item Song

• The Big Divide: Fantasy vs the Romantic Real

Day 1: Saturday, Oct 6th 2012


  • 10 am: Opening Session
  • Warm up Interactive Session with Anuraadha Tewari
  •  Session on a Brief History of Music in Bollywood by Anuradha Tewari
  • 11.30 to 12.00: Tea Break
  • Post break Session on an Introduction to Contemporary Bollywood by Anuraadha Tewari
  • Q and A
  • 1.30 pm: Lunch Break
  • 2.30 pm: Zoya Akhtar’s Class
  • (on a topic decided by her within the context)
  • 3.30 pm: Q and A
  • 4.00 pm: Tea Break
  • 4.30 pm: Zoya Akhtar’s Class continues
  • (on a topic decided by her within the context)
  • 5.30 pm: Q and A
  • 6.00 pm: Wrap

Day 2: Sunday, October 7th 2012


Sunday, Oct. 7th:
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – Conversation with Zoya Akhtar: Writing for her Female Protagonists

    • Moderator: Anuraadha Tewari

11:15 to 11:30 a.m. – Coffee/Tea Break

11:30 to 1 p.m. – Breaking into Bollywood: Behind the Scenes

    • Potential Panelists: TBA
    • Moderator: Anuraadha Tewari
      • What you need to know about working in the industry
      • How do you go about getting a work permit?
      • What makes directors/producers tick…coping with various work styles

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Lunch Break

2 to 3:15 p.m. – Conversation with Imtiaz Ali: Directing Music & Beyond

    • Moderator: Anuraadha Tewari

3:15 to 3:30 p.m. – Coffee/Tea Break

3:30 to 4:45 p.m. – Roll Credits: Bringing it all together

    • Panelists: Madhur Bhandarkar, Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar and Anuraadha Tewari
    • Potential Moderator : Tejaswini Ganti

4:45 to 5 p.m. – Special performance for participants



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New York is not only the most iconic city in the United States, it is also the epicentre of culture on the American Continent. Be it drama literature or music, New York has been the muse for artists for decades. Infact, though Hollywood, Los Angeles may be where the film industry now lies, its roots too fall back to ‘The Big Apple’ . It is fitting therefore that an exchange of ideas, a gateway to mentoring as ‘Ticket 2 Bollywood’ is aiming for should be held in New York, arguably one of the most recognizable cities in the world.