Utpal Borpujari

October 24, 2008

International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2008: Indian Panorama

Please Note: In the Feature list, No. 21 onwards form a ‘mainstream window’, introduced from this year. these films are selected from among a shortlist of 11 proposed by the Film Federation of India.

 The seven member Jury for Feature Films, headed by Shri K. N. T. Sastry, has recommended 25 films in all after screening 104 films.  The films selected are:

S. No. TITLE             LANGUAGE DIRECTOR

1. YARWING             KOKBOROK  JOSEPH PULINTHANATH
2. SUMMER 2007 HINDI               SUHAIL TATARI
3. VILAPANGALKKAPPURAM MALAYALAM T.V. CHANDRAN
4. GULMOHAR  MALAYALAM  JAYARAJ
5. KALLOORI TAMIL  BALAJI SAKTHIVEL
6. KANACHIVARAM TAMIL  S. PRIYADARSHAN
7. DOHAA             MARATHI  PUSHKARAJ PARANJAPE
8. GULABI TALKIES KANNADA  GIRISH KASARVALLI
9. ATAYALANGAL MALAYALAM  M G SASI
10. BANADA NERALU KANNADA  UMASHANKARA SWAMY
11. LITTLE ZIZOU ENGLISH/GUJRATIHINDI  SOONI TARAPOREVALA
12. CHATURANGA BENGALI  SUMAN MUKHOPADHYAY
13. MAHASATTA MARATHI  RAMESH LAXMAN MORE
14. ORU PENNUM RANDAANUM MALAYALAM  ADOOR GOPALAKRI SHNAN
15. MUDHAL MUDHAL MUDHAL VARAI TAMIL KRISHNA SESHADRI GOMATAM
16. AAKASHAGOPURAM  MALAYALAM MANU S. KUMARAN
17. GUBBACHIGALU KANNADA  ABHAYA SIMHA
18. MON JAI             ASSAMESE  M.MANIRAM
19. MEE SREYOBHILASHI TELUGU  V.ESHWAR REDDY
20. KATHA PARAYUMPOL  MALAYALAM  MOHANAN
21. A WEDNESDAY HINDI  NEERAJ PANDEY
22. JODHA AKBAR HINDI  ASHUTOSH GOWARIKER
23. TAARE ZAMEEN PAR HINDI  AAMIR KHAN
24. VALU             MARATHI  UMESH VINAYAK KULKARNI
25. BILLA             TAMIL VISHNU VARDHAN

‘Pulijanmam’ (Malayalam), the winner of Best Feature Film awards during 54th National Film Awards gets automatic entry into Indian Panorama in addition to the above films.  The Jury has recommended ‘Yarwing’ a film in Kokborok language of Tripura as the inaugural film for Indian Panorama. ‘Kanachivaram’ (Tamil) and ‘Mahasatta’ (Marathi) have been recommended for the Competition Section of International Film Festival of India-2008.

The Jury for Non-Feature Films has recommended 20 films out of 82 entries.  The selected films in the Non-Feature Film category of Indian Panorama are:
 
S. No  TITLE                                         LANGUAGE DIRECTOR
1. THE SHOP THAT SOLD EVERYTHING BENGALI   ABHYUDAY KHAITAN
2. DHIN TAK DHA                           HINDI  SHRADDHA PASI
3. THREE OF US                           MUSIC  ONLY  UMESH KULKARNI
4. VELLAPPOKKATHIL                           MALAYALAM   JAYARAJ
5. PUTTI                                        KANNADA    JACOB VARGHESE
6. PARWAAZ                           URDU               BIJU VISHWANATH
7. YEARN TO LEARN                           BENGALI               S.K. ABOUL RAJJAK
8. A FRIEND TURNED FOE              ENGLISH               GAUTAM SAIKIA
9. DISTANT RUMBLINGS              ENGLISH               BANI PRAKASH DAS
10. DIVIDED COLOURS OF A NATION ENGLISH               UMESH AGGARWAL
11. FOUR WOMEN AND A ROOM              ENGLISH               AMBARIEN AL QADAR
12. THE JOURNALIST AND THE JIHADI ENGLISH   RAMESH SHARMA
13. THE LAND OF RUPSHUPAS              ENGLISH               A.K. SIDHPURI
14. APNA ALOO BAZAAR BECHA              HINDI               PANKAJ H. GUPTA
15. CHILDREN OF THE PYRE              HINDI               RAJESH S.JALA
16. ANTARDHWANI                           HINDI               JABBAR PATEL
17. REMEMBERING BIMAL ROY               HiNDI, BENGALI, EngLISH  JOY BIMAL ROY
18. MEMORIES,MOVEMENT AND A MACHINE MALYALAM  K.R. MANOJ
19. RATAN THIYAM THE MAN OF THEATRE MANIPURI  NIRMALA CHANU &  OKEN AMAKCHAM
20. REHANA: A QUEST FOR FREEDOM ENGLISH  GARGI SEN &  PRIYaNKA MUKHERJEE

‘Bishar Blues’ (Bengali), also enters the Non-Feature Film segment of Indian Panorama by virtue of being the Best Non-Feature film of 54th National Film Awards.  The five member Non-Feature Film Jury was headed by Shri Anjan Bose.

 

Story carried in Sakaal Times, www.sakaaltimes.com, 25-10-2008:

 

By Utpal Borpujari

 

New Delhi, Oct 24: Marathi cinema has scored it big in the Indian Panorama for the forthcoming International Film Festival of India in Goa, with Ramesh Laxman More’s Mahasatta selected to represent India in the IFFI Competition and Pushkaraj Paranjape’s Dohaa and Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s Valu nominated for the prestigious section.

 

Comedy king Priyadarshan’s serious look the weaving industry people of Tamil Nadu – Kanjivaram – will be the other Indian representation in the competition.

 

The Indian Panorama will open with Yarwng, a film by Joseph Pulinthanath in the Kokborok language spoken by tribals in Tripura, a language in which films are rarely made since it is spoken by a small community that more or less does not have access to cinema theatres.        

 

The seven-member jury for feature films, headed by Telugu director K N T Sastry, has recommended 25 films to the Panorama after going through 104 entries.

 

Incidentally, five films in the Panorama – A Wednesday by Neeraj Pandey, Jodha Akbar by Ashutosh Gowariker, Taare Zameen Par by Aamir Khan,  Valu by Kulkarni And Billa (Tamil) By Vishnu Vardhan – have been selected out of 11 shortlisted separately by the Film Federation of India (FFI) to represent mainstream cinema in lieu of the now-discontinued Mainstream section.

 

But it is Malaylam cinema that has struck it rich as usual, with seven films in the language getting selected: Vilapangalkkappuram (T V Chandran), Gulmohar (Jayaraj), Atayalangal (M G Sasi), Oru Pennum Randaanum (Adoor Gopalakrishnan), Aakashagopuram (P Sukumaran), Katha Parayumpol (Mohanan) and Pulijanmam (Priyanandan, as the winner of the best film in National Awards).

 

Three Tamil films – Kalloori (Balaji Sakthivel), Kanachivaram (Priyadarshan) and Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai (Krishna Seshadri Gomatam) – and an equal number of Kannada films – Gulabi Talkies (Girish Kasarvalli), Banada Neralu (Umashankara Swamy) and Gubbachigalu (Abhaya Simha) – have been selected.

 

Noted scriptwriter Sooni Taraporevala’s debut directorial venture Little Zizou (English/Gujarati), Suman Mukhopadhyay’s Chaturanga (Bengali), M Maniram’s Mon Jai (Assamese), V Eshwar Reddy’s Mee Sreyobhilashi and Suhail Tatari’s Summer 2007 are the other selections.

 

The jury for the Non-Feature Films, headed by Anjan Bose, has recommended 20 films out of 82 entries, including Umesh Kulkarni’s Three of Us.

 

 

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