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IFFI to be a treat for film lovers

Friday, November 24, 2006
UNI: The International Film Festival of India will also present a treat of 10 highest grossing Indian movies, thus providing them quality international exposure. Missed Call by Mridul Toolsidas and Vinay Subramanian will open the Indian panorama section, which includes five Malayalam films and three Tamil films. The festival will pay homage to eleven Indian film personalities who died last year. They include actress Nadira and music director Naushad Ali.

Actress Sridevi will inaugurate the mainstream Indian cinema section featuring 12 blockbusters of various Indian languages on November 25, with Rang de Basanti being the inaugural film.

Bollywood film Corporate by Madhur Bhandarkar, Kannada film maker Girish Kasaravalli's Nayi Neralu and Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film Dosar are among 20 feature films in the Indian Panorama at the Film Festival.

The 11-day event will screen a total of around 200 films from 40 countries including 40 Indian films - 20 feature and 20 non-feature in the panorama section.

Tamil Film Srigaram by Sharada Ramanathan and Sonam by upcoming film maker Ahsan Muzid in Arunachali dialect Monpa will represent India in the Asian, African and Latin American Competition.

The opening film of the non-feature section would be 'And the World Remained Silent' directed by Ashok Pandut.

The Panorama section also includes Assamese director Manju Borah's historical film Joymoti and Pankuj Parashar's Hindi film Banaras:A Mystic Love Story.

The Malayalam films in the Panorama are Thanmatra by Jessi, Eakantham by Madhu Kaithapuram, Saira by Biju, Nottam by Sashi Paravoor and Drishtantham by M P Sukumaran Nair.

There are three Marathi films - Bayo by Gajendra Ahire, Maati Maay by Chitra Palekar and Badha by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar - in the 20-film panorama package.

Tamil also has three entries --Sringaram, Aadumkoothu by T V Chandran and Dhavamai Dhavamirunthu by Cheran.

K Sathyanarayan's Hope is the only Telugu entry. Besides 'Dosar', Bengali has one more entry Songshoy directed by Saibal Mitra.

Some of the non-feature films which have been included in the Indian panorama are Between Darkness and Light (English) by Ananya Biswas, Chabhiwali Pocket watch (Hindi/Urdu) by Vibhu Puri, Hans Akela by Jabbar Patel, Kati Patang (Music only) by Arun Gingade and Andhium (Malyalam) by Jacob Verghese.

Based on its world reputation as a tourist destination, with its unique flavour of European lifestyle co-existing with multi-cultural ethnic sensibilities, Goa is now the permanent venue host for the Film Festival.

Since 1952, India has hosted 36 International Film Festivals, both competitive and non-competitive.

These festivals became annual events from 1975 onwards.

The Festival is being organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India in collaboration with the State Government of Goa and the Indian Film Industry.

The Festival is recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (FIAPF).

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