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Kasaravalli gives IFFI flak

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Well known film director Girish Kasaravalli's call for shifting of the IFFI venue to other place is finding chorus of support from many film makers from south who have also felt that the festvial in Goa is virtually becoming a Bollywood Tamasha.

Well known film director and Actor Cheran whose film Thavamai Thavamilirindu was featured was annoyed that the usual procedure before starting any film was not followed and he was allowed to speak. He had threatened to walk out from the INOX theatre before the organisers came running to seek aplogies. Cheran angrilly said that it is not Bollywood alone which represents the Indian films.

Well known Tamil film director and actor Cheran and Award winning Malayalam and Tamil film director T.V.Chandran have also come down heavily on the organizational arrangement at the IFFI Goa and have also indicated that they may not be coming again to the festival if at all it happens again at Panaji with the IFFI tag.

Both Cheran and Chandran are surprised that festival directorate has not given proper prominence with regards to publicity to the South Indian films which have been selected for the Indian Panorama like Bollywood films. "We find lack of publicity through posters in the INOX theatre screening our film, though these materials have been already sent earlier. The focus seems to be pleasing the invitees who have come from Bollywood and most of the top directors coming from South are treated badly' was their refrain.

Nine of films directed by Chandran including his first Tamil film Aadum Koothu have been screened in the International film festivals. But he is extremely unhappy about the Goa festival because of the profound lack of knowledge about the South Indian film makers

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