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Gala treat for movie buffs as IFFI opens tomorrow

Written by: Staff

Panaji, Nov 22: Cinema mania has gripped the tiny coastal state of Goa as the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opens tomorrow with an eclectic pick of global, national and regional films along with entertainment events and the otganisers billing the eleven-day extravaganza as a ''bigger and better treat''.

Veteran film actor Shashi Kapoor will inaugurate the gala event in the presence of a galaxy of stars and other prominent figures from the world of entertainment besides thousands of movie buffs.

Actors Anil Kapor and Prosenjit Chatteree will be the guests of honour on the occasion.

Besides, the two-and-a-half-hour opening will feature a host of movie stars including Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Diya Mirza, Malaika Arora, Soha Ali Khan and Esha Deol(representing Bollywood), Prabhu Deva(south), Bappi Lahiri(Bengali), Manoj Tiwari (Bhojpuri) Sachin and Supriya (Marathi) and Harbajan Mann(Punjabi).

For the first time, the gala opening will be held at an open ground near the Kala Academy, one of the two venues for the festival since 2004.

Kicking off the celebrations, will be a dazzling parade which will proceed from Mandovi Bridge, sashay along the streets of Panaji, pass the Kala Academy Stand to culminate at Campal.

The parade will showcase the diverse hues of world cinema with portrayals of popular Hollywood and Bollywood movies.

This will be followed by a spectacular air show.

Security has been beefed up in the state in view of the festival and the coming tourist season with four companies of CISF having been requisitioned.

The honour to be the opening film will go to Pedro Almodovar's 'Volver'(To Return), and the closing film will be Babel.

Bollywood film 'Corporate' by Madhur Bhandarkar, Kannada filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli's 'Nayi Neralu'and Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film 'Dosar' are among 20 feature films in the Indian Panorama at the Film Festival. There will be special retrospective of Prithviraj Kapoor's films, and also a special screening of Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi' to mark the centenary of the Satyagraha movement launched by the Father of Nation.

The ten-day event will screen a total of around 200 films from 40 countries including 40 Indian films -- 20 feature and 20 non-feature films-- in the panorama section.

Tamil Film 'Srigaram' by Sharada Ramanathan and 'Sonam' by upcoming film maker Ahsan Muzid in Arunachali dialect Monpa will represent India in the Asian, African and Latin American Competition.

'Missed Call' by Mridul Toolsidas and Vinay Subramanian will open the panorama section, which has five Malayalam films and three Tamil films.

The opening film of the non-feature section will be 'And the World Remained Silent' directed by Ashok Pandit.

The Panorama section also includes Assamese director Manju Borah's historical film 'Joymoti' and Pankuj Parashar's Hindi film 'Banaras:A Mystic Love Story'.

The Malayalam films in the Panorama are 'Thanmatra'by Jessi, Eakantham' by Madhu Kaithapuram, 'Saira' by Biju, 'Nottam' by Sashi Paravoor and 'Drishtantham' by M P Sukumaran Nair.

There are three Marathi films -- 'Bayo' by Gajendra Ahire, 'Maati Maay' by Chitra Palekar, 'Badha' by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar -- in the 20-film panorama package.

Tamil also has three entries --'Sringaram', 'Aadumkoothu' by T V Chandran and 'Dhavamai Dhavamirunthu' by Cheran.

K Sathyanarayan's 'Hope' is the only Telugu entry.

Besides 'Dosar', Bengali has one more entry in 'Songshoy' directed by Saibal Mitra.

The panorama feature film entries were announced. Some of the non-feature films which have been included in the Indian panorama are 'Between Darkness and Light'(English) by Ananya Biswas, 'Chabhiwali Pocket watch(Hindi/Urdu) by Vibhu Puri, 'Hans Akela' by Jabbar Patel, Kati Patang (Music only) by Arun Gingade and Andhium(Malyalam) by Jacob Verghese.


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