Panaji, Jan 17 (IANS) Sixty-year-old women do not look sixty today, they look much younger, John Matthew Matthan, chairman of the jury for the Indian Panorama (films) section for the ongoing IFFI said on Sunday.
Matthan was responding to criticism of the film from some quarters, which suggested that the star cast of "Saand ki Aankh", featuring Tapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar do not look old enough to play their onscreen characters who are elderly women.
Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, "Saand Ki Aankh" is the opening film of the Indian Panorama section of the ongoing 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India.
"Some people had some comment, they (the starcast) don't look old enough at sixty. Today, women at sixty don't look sixty. They look younger. All of them," Matthan said.
"The makeup was not a big criteria (for jury members). There are various aspects to the film which are realistic and a lot of things to be praised. I was very happy that the film was chosen..." the director of the 1999 blockbuster film "Sarfarosh" also said.
"Saand ki Aankh" is a film about women empowerment, where two grandmothers Chandro and Prakashi take up competitive shooting to encourage their daughters to follow suit. The film is set in rural Uttar Pradesh.
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Oil marketing companies have spared consumers of yet another petrol and diesel price hike even though the global oil market is on the boil with crude reaching within touching distance of year-high-level of $70 a barrel.
Petrol continues to be priced at Rs 91.17 a litre and diesel Rs 81.47 a litre in the capital on Saturday. Across the country too, the petrol and diesel price remained unchanged.
This is seventh consecutive day when pump prices of auto fuels have remains unchanged.
After a spike in global oil prices seen over last two weeks with crude price jumping close to $67 a barrel, prices had fallen to around $63 a barrel but it rose again to cross $69 a barrel mark now after after the OPEC+ decision to continue with crude production cut in April.
Petrol and diesel prices have been rising continuously since February 9. In the 14 increases since then, price have gone up by Rs 4.22 per litre for petrol while diesel rate has risen by Rs 4.34 a litre in Delhi.
The increase in the previous weeks has taken petrol to cross historic high levels of Rs 100 a litre in several cities across the country.
The petrol and diesel prices have increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre, respectively so far this year.
Oil companies executives said that petrol and diesel prices may increase further in coming days as retail prices may have to be balanced in line with global developments to prevent OMCs from making loss on sale of auto fuels.