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Nandita wants IFFI back in Delhi

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Panaji, (UNI): Noted actress Nandita Das would like the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be back in Delhi.

The hotly debated issue of IFFI venue finds her views in total contrast of film star Priyanka Chopra who had a few days ago declared Goa to be an ideal place for holding the festival.

''Goa does not have the infrastructure for such a festival, the kind of participation that such an event needs,'' she told UNI after a press conference on her Marathi film Maati Maay, directed by Chitra Palekar, that has been included in the Indian Panorama section of the IFFI.

''I wish it was back in Delhi, '' she said.

Earlier, replying to questions about the film at the press conference, Ms Das said she has found great satisfaction in working for the regional cinema, as there one does not have to compromise, to give in to the pressures that one finds in Bollywood.

She, however, said that she would like to do Hindi films, ''but it seems that Mumbai people have forgotten me.'' On her chosing the Marathi film, she said her concern was not the language but the director, the story and the script of the film.

''I like to learn different languages. In Maati Maay, which is in a dialect of Marathi spoken in the Vidarbha region, I have dubbed the dialogue myself,'' she said.

Ms Das said she was happy to find that the film has found distributors outside Maharshtra, as most of the time regional films remained confined only to their region.

Director of the film Chitra Palekar said she had taken the help of some very prominent scholars of the Vidarbha dialect.

''Nandita has rendered the dialogues very well,'' she said.

Maati Maay (A Grave Keeper's Tale) is based on a short story (Baayen) by noted Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi. It is a moving tale of young mother who is trapped between her instincts and needs and compulsions of her ancestral duty as dictated by the social system.

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