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VK Murthy Film Festival to be held in Bangalore

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Vikalp Bengaluru has organised the Film Festival of VK Murthy, who was honoured by Indian President Pratibha Patil with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award at 56th National Awards ceremony on March 19. The event will be held on 27th March 2010 at Khincha Auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road, Bangalore. At 3 pm, the programme will have a screening of VK Murthy"s favourite work Hindi feature film Pyaasa (1957).

At 6 pm onwards, interaction with VK Murthy will be held. Cinematographer Navroze Contractor welcomes V.K. Murthy. Renowned filmmaker Govind Nihalani will be screening a short film on VK Murthy and he will also share stories of his days with VK Murthy. His biographer Uma Rao will also talk about her association with him. The event is open to all.

Late actor Dr. Rajkumar was the first Kannadiga to be honoured with Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Now, Veteran cameraman, who has spent most of his life in Bollywood film industry and is presently staying in Bangalore, has become the second Kannadiga to get this honour. It is really a great matter of pride for Kannadigas.

However, VK Murthy is one of the most renowned cinematographer of the Hindi film Industry and is best known for his work in Chaudvin ka Chand and Pakeezah. He has worked as cameraman for several movies of Guru Dutt. He has also worked with directors like Pramod Chakraborthy, Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani.

VK Murthy will always be revered for the most magnificent works of the black and white era of Indian films. Some of his popular movies are Pakeezah, Razia Sultana, Ziddi, Love in Tokyo, Naya Zamana and Tamas.

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