The second day of 47th IFFI (International Film Festival of India) began with the opening of the Indian Panorama section which showcases a variety of regional movies in feature and non-feature categories at the screen II of Inox Multiplex.
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu while formally opening this section, informed that this year a total of 429 films from 29 states were received. He appreciated the diversity of the country which is reflected through the various regional languages.
Naidu also pointed out that this year even uncensored films are being showcased for the first time to encourage new films and filmmakers. He said that it is the opportunity to showcase their ability to the world.
The opening film in the feature film category was the Sanskrit film, ‘Ishti’ which is written and directed by G Prabha. This movie is set in mid 20th century Kerala, when young Namboothiri Brahmins successfully challenged the traditions of their community which allowed the eldest male member of the family to gain sole control of family property and denied normal education to its other members particularly women. This movie is also in the International Competition of 47th IFFI.
The opening non-feature film was the Manipuri film ‘Ima Sabitri’ directed by Bobo Khuraijiam. It is a story of a woman Sabitri and it explores the concept of a vibrant and original theatre company.
During this ceremony along with the directors of these films, the jury members of feature and non-feature film were also felicitated. The feature film jury members include actress Rama Vij; director Arup Manna; filmmaker C V Reddy; filmmaker Girish Mohite; writer K Puttaswamy; filmmaker N Krishnakumar; filmmaker Sabyasachi Mohapatra; director and columnist Sanjay Pawar; critic and journalist Satinder Mohan; journalist and film critic Swapan Mullick; writer and filmmaker Uday Shankar Pani and filmmaker Ahathian.
The members of non-feature film jury include documentary filmmaker Aarti Srivastava; documentary filmmaker Abhijit Mazumdar; animation filmmaker Gautam Benegal; film writer and director Madhureeta Anand; documentary filmmaker Ronel Haobam; film critic and documentary filmmaker Suresh Sharma.
S V Rajendra Singh Babu chairman of feature film category in his address mentioned that jury members had to select 26 films out of 262 entries, which he said was a Herculean task. “I want to suggest to DFF (Directorate of Film Festival) to segregate films from north, south, east and west regions and then select 75 movies for the jury to select final movies from. Watching so many movies at one time is difficult. Also this year not many movies came from South India,” he said.
Arvind Sinha chairperson of non-feature film section said these movies give a panoramic view of Indian reality and what is happening around the country. The Konkani film, ‘K Sera Sera—Ghodpachem Ghoddtelem’ which is written and directed by Rajeev Shinde will be screened on November 26 at 5.30 pm as part of the Indian Panaroma.