Chandigarh: Corbusieur’s City Beautiful got its first well knit and comprehensive film festival. A bonanza of feature films, documentary films and foreign films greeted residents on day two of the four-day fest.
Film maker Satyajit Ray
Along with the screenings were a series of well planned film related events, from quizzes to book releases and career discussions on how to create the right 70mm product today.
The festival brought together the intelligentsia, the film buff and the regular city person who had ample opportunity to participate in a subject that is of universal interest and that cuts across all barriers of caste, colour and creed.
Interactive sessions were held with veteran directors Shyam Benegal and M S Sathyu and books on threatre and films released.
Benegal released two books titled ‘Music in Traditional Indian Theatre´ by veteran theatre person Rani Balbir Kaur and ‘Gender Relations and Cultural Ideology in Indian Cienma´ by Indubala Singh.
Nafisa Ali, social activist and chairperson of the Children’s Film Society of India presided over a special screening of Junoon, where she made her debut as an actress. M S Sathyu’s ‘The Hope´was screened, spawning a healthy debate on its theme and enactment.
‘The Mud Cake´ a short film by Gaurav Chhabra, that won the first prize in the international video competition organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) was also screened at the festival along with a documentary about migrant workers by Anand Patwardhan, ‘A Time to Rise´.
A conference organized by the city administration on animation and gaming in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry provided insights into the upcoming role of digitization in Indian cinema.
A special category of films - those shot in and around Chandigarh - were of interest to city residents. According to Vivek Atray, director Tourism and Public Relations, “We hope to make this festival an annual event and bring it at par with the best fests in India and abroad. Next year should see some big premieres along with key players who have redefined the business of film making.”
With additional inputs from livemint.com