Vijaya Mulay voices concern over IAS officers' role

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Mumbai, Feb 10 (UNI) Voicing her displeasure over having an IAS officer at the helm of many governmental affairs, eminent educator, researcher, film critic and documentary-maker Vijaya Mulay described it as an 'hindrance' and called for a stop to it.

Mulay, former president of the Federation of Film Societies of India, said this practice might not always lead to the best output in terms of productivity.

''It is good that only Films Division and National Film Archives Department are not headed by IAS officers. Some departments need a specialised experience and they are one of them,'' said Mulay at a special function held for the jury on the concluding day of the 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) here yesterday.

A former member of the advisiory and executive committee of institutions like FTII and NFAI and a member of many national and international juries, Mulay was a jury member for judging the films in the national section. Other members included film-maker and a gold medallist from FTII Aruna Raje Patil, renowned director-cinematographer A K Bir, Toronto-based Indian film-maker Ali Kazimi and internationally acclaimed architect and actor, writer and founder of the Singapore International Film festival Geoff Malone.

Film-maker Aruna Raje-Patil said the advanced technology has made the film-makers lazy and they tend to shoot more footage, which finally lands up in lacks artistic expression.

She said ''it's time now to raise the bar. It's a competition and film-makers must show their mastery in work.'' The curtains came down on the seventh day of MIFF'08 with a huge number of film buffs attending the closing ceremony at a special function held last night.

Film-maker Shyam Benegal, actor Nandita Das, Kiran Shantaram, son of veteran film maker V Shantaram, and many other film-makers attended the ceremony.

In the festival, a total of 355 films were shown, out of which 235 were in special packages. Forty-four films from 16 countries were in the international competition setion, 54 films were in the Indian section. Nine films from international section were shown as a special screening and 13 from Indian section were shown in the same category.

In the Indian section, 33 films were screened from the North East. Of which, five were selected for the competition. Jammu and Kashmir package consisted of seven films, of which, one film on child labour 'The Lost Childhood' was selected for the competition.

In the special package, 23 films were from SAARC countries.

Out of which, eight were from Bangladesh, six from Pakistan, five from Sri Lanka and four from Nepal. Besides, 16 were from Mexico and 17 from South Africa.

The festival was largely attended by international and national delegates consisting of film-makers, students, teachers, TV professionals, technicians, film critics, journalists and others. There were many seminars, open forums, group discussions on the development and upliftment of short films and documentaries in the country and abroad. The issue of media impact on the society was also discussed by various eminent personalities from varied professions.

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