'King Khan' opens 38th International Film Festival

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Panaji, Nov 23: Bollywood 'Badshah' Shah Rukh Khan was the star attraction at the otherwise simple inauguration ceremony of the 38th edition of the prestigious International Film Festival of India(IFFI) here this evening. Though glitz and glamour of the tinsel world that characterised the last year's inaugural was missing this time, the presence of 'King khan' more than compensated for that.

The rising star of Malyalam, Tamil and Kannada cinema Priya Mani assisted the dignitaries, who included Minister of Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi and Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, in lighting the tradiional lamp.

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Celebrated Romanian director Cristian Mungiu and Actress Anamaria Marinca whose '4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days' is the opening film of IFFI, and is the winner of Palm D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, also attended the function.

Besdies members of the Jury were also present.

This time 14 films, including two Indian, from 13 countries will be competing for the prestigious Golden Peacock Award, which carries a medal and Rs 10 lakh.

The competition section has films from Asian, African and Latin American countries. These are: 'On the Wings of Dreams' by Golam Rabbany Biplab (Bangladesh), 'Me Myself' by Pongpat Wachirabunjong(Thailand), 'The Debt' by Assaf Bernstein(Israel), 'The Satanic Angels' by Ahmed Boulane(Morocco), 'A Ton of Luck' by Rodrigo Triana (Columbia), 'The Postmodern Life of my Aunt' by Ann Hui (China), 'The Wall' by Lin Chin Ju (Taiwan), 'Olga, Victoria Olga Time Without Time' by Mercedes Farriols (Argentina), 'Mas Que A Nada En El Mundo' by Andrs Leon Becker (Mexico), 'Cruel Embrace' by Anuradha Jaisinghe (Sri Lanka), 'Svani' by Soso and Badri Jachvliani (Georgia) and 'Ek Nadir Galpo' by Samir Chanda and 'Rathrimazha' by Lenin Rajendran (both from India).

Malyalam film 'Ore Kadal' directed by Shyamaprasad will open the Indian Panorama. The highest number of four entries each are from Marathi and Malyalam cinema, followed by three from Bengali, two from Tamil and one each from Assamese and Manipuri cinema.

The Bollywood would be represented by 'Dharm' directed by Bhavna Talwar and 'Gafla' directed by Sameer Hanchate.

Lenin Rajendran's Ratri Mazha (Night Rain- Malayalam) and Samir Chanda's Ek Nadir Galpo (Bengali) will represent the country at the Asian African and Latin American Competition of the festival.

Bagher Bacha (Bengali) directed by Bishnu Dev Halder will be the opening film of the non-feature section of the festival.

As a special tribute to noted film dircetors Tapan Sinha and Vijay Anand, special retrospectives of their films titled 'Lest We Forget' and 'An Eternal Romantic--Vijay Anand', respectively will be held.

Besdies, three landmark Kannada films by a generation of filmmakers inspired by a literary movement 'Navya Movement' in Kannada languages, also called the literary modernism, will also be screened.

Also, there will be homages to veteran music director OP Nayyar, Marathi actress Vanamala Devi and renowned cinematographer KK Mahajan.

Veteran Manipuri director Aribam Syam Sharma's film 'Ishanou' will also be screened as a tribute to him.

In addition to all these, three films curated by the Goa Government and four by the Films Division will be screened in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the country's Independence.

An added attraction is the Naseeruddin Shah-starrer ''Khuda Ke Liye'', the first-ever Pakistani movie to be screened at IFFI.

Directed by Shoaib Mansoor, the thought-provoking drama which focuses on the dilemma of progressive Muslims in the country because of their modern approach towards life.

Manipuri cinema will make a comeback after several years with Makhonmani Mongsaba's Yenning Amadi Likla in the feature film section of the Indian Panorama, along with 20 other films.

Apart from that, Aribam Syam Sharma's 58-minute documentary ''Rajarshi Bhagyachandra of Manipur'' and Haobam Paban Kumar's 19-minute short fiction ''Ngaihak Lambida'' are among the 15 non-feature films.

UNI

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