Utpal Borpujari

December 1, 2008


 The technical flourish of new Asian cinema overwhelmed Panaji on Saturday as the 39th International

Film Festival of India (IFFI) got off to a flying start with Hong Kong’s master filmmaker Peter Chan’s latest film 




Warlords. Starring martial arts exponent Jet Li in a role that goes against his image, the film provided the perfect grandeur required to the opening, with Chan himself introducing the film as a story that has layers beyond the story on the surface.Set in 1850 when 430 million Chinese were suffering under the corrupt Qing dynasty, Warlords is the story of General Pang, played by Li, who could have changed the course of history but for two bandits and a woman who alter the course of his life.

Earlier, the festival was formally declared open by Indian cinema’s ageless beauty Rekha after a ceremony attended by minister of state for information and broadcasting Anand Sharma and Goa CM Digambar Kamat among others.Bollywood actress Amrita Rao and Eleana D’Cruz, a leading heroine of Telugu cinema who is originally from Goa, were also present. In the backdrop of the tussle between the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) and the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) over control of IFFI, Kamat said the ultimate aim of his government was to have the festival renamed the “Goa International Film Festival”. About 180 fi lms will be screened at the festival.
(Published in Sakaal Times, www.sakaaltimes.com, http://epaper.sakaaltimes.com, 23-11-2008)




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