The South Asian Times

16 July 2018 00:50 AM

Festival of Globe to honor filmmaker Mickey Nivelli and actor Prashantt Guptha

New York: The NRI community of Silicon Valley in California, under the foundation and leadership of cardiologist Dr. Romesh Japra, with an intent to create a platform that will leverage access of Indian independent filmmakers and technologists/investors of the Silicon Valley hub have organized Festival of Globe (FOG) - a one of a kind cultural, business and entertainment platform from August 5th to 13th. The festival pings together film screenings, specialized entertainment summits, celebs from Bollywood and around the world, investors & high net-worth individuals, politicians & technology people, and culminates with an awards night and grand Indian Independence Day Parade. An Indian film event at the global Facebook headquarters is an highlight of the event.   

Dr. Romesh Japra, founder of FOG, is a veteran and renowned cardiologist of The Bay Area. He owns his own vineyard, founded the Hindu temple and is now working full swing to ping Indian entertainment and regions to unite through this festival in Silicon Valley and get tech people to come forward too. He is pidging ties between Indian cinema and Silicon Valley via creating a film festival that will open the doors for Indian films in Silicon Valley (the richest tech hub in the world).

As a tribute to India's 70th Independence, they have official selected three patriotic films to screen from Bollywood: Vivek Agnihotri's Buddha in a traffic jam, debutante director Lom Harsh's Yeh hai India and Nirang Desai's Taabeer starring Prosenjit Chatterjee and Neeraj Kabi. 

A moment of pride for New York is that veteran filmmaker Mickey Nivelli will be conferred with the FOG Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution towards creating a film industry in The West Indies. Once known as Harbance Kumar back in the 1970's and before, he was the manager of legendary actor Sunil Dutt and worked closely with Kabir Bedi in his international phase. Mickey has produced and directed several films in the West Indian territory and language that went onto become box-office hits and float a flourishing industry there. His last film was Rainbow Raani which gave a debuting peak to another New Yorker who is now a rising Bollywood actor, Prashantt Guptha. Prashantt will be attending the festival in San Jose not only his continued position as FOG India Ambassador but also a supporting actor in Taabeer.

Update: 14 July, 2017