Actor-filmmaker Tanikella Bharani is overwhelmed with the response his maiden Telugu directorial Midhunam has received at the ongoing 11th Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF). The movie, which deals with the relationship between a septuagenarian couple, is the only Telugu film to be screened at the festival.
Talking about Midhunam screening at the CIFF, Tanikella
Bharani told, "I'm extremely happy that I have received words of
appreciation from legendary filmmakers such as K. Balachander
and Bapu. I was also
happy with the fact that my film played to a full house, which also
included several foreigners."
While Tamil filmmaker Balachander called the film a visual poetry, Bapu lauded Bharani's effort for presenting the film with unparalleled sensitivity. He said, "I'm glad I got the opportunity to present my film in this festival. I hope more Indian films get the opportunity to be screened in these festivals, which also attracts foreigners. This way our films can cross over and can also attract global acclaim."
The film, which released towards the end of 2012, was not a
money spinner at the box-office, yet managed to complete a 50-day
run. It featured only two characters essayed by SP Balasubrahmanyam
and Lakshmi. The CIFF, which started on Dec 12, is slated to
conclude on Dec 19. 163 films from 58 countries are being screened
at the fest.