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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film Padmaavat starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh and Shoojit Sircar's October starring Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu along with the National award-winning feature Nagarkirtan will be screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 under the Indian Panorama section. Shaji N Karun's Malayalam feature Olu will also serve as the opening film for the segment.
The list of 26 films for the Indian Panorama section, selected by a jury headed by film-maker Rahul Rawail, includes six Malayalam, five Bengali and Hindi, four Tamil, two Marathi and one each from Telegu, Ladakhi, Tulu and Jasari languages.
Among these are Sinjar, Walking With The Wind, Ee Maa Yove, Dhappa, To Let and Peranbu. The list also includes Mainstream films such as, Mahanati, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's Tiger Zinda Hai and Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi, who have also been selected by an Internal Committee of DFF based on the recommendations of FFI and GUILD.
Malayalam film-maker Jayaraj's Bhayanakam had bagged three trophies at the 65th National Film Awards in May this year. Director Kaushik Ganguly's Nagarkirtan had received four awards at the National Awards. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, which attracted the ire of a right wing fringe group, was one of the raging topics at the IFFI last year.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the film's leading lady Deepika Padukone had received death threats from the group, delaying its release. Even the lead actors Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor were not spared. A separate jury headed by director Vinod Ganatra unveiled the list of 21 films that will be screened in Non-feature category of the Indian Panorama section. Aditya Suhas Jambhale's Kharvas has been selected as the opening film.