Indian Film Festival of Bhubaneswar concludes with much fanfare
Bhubaneswar : Seven day long 12th edition of Indian Film Festival Bhubaneswar organised by Film Society Bhubaneswar has concluded with much fan fare. Total 81 films were screened at the film festival. These films are screened in different languages like Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, Kashmiri, Manipuri, etc. On the last day Satyajit Rays iconic Kapurush was screened. An epic romance of all times, Kapurush narrates the story of Amitabha, who accidentally finds himself at the house of his old lover, after his car broke down. The film was followed by another classic Ghare-Baire.
The second film screened was Babu Eshwar Prasads Hariva Nadige Maiyella Kaalu. The film chronicles the lives of three characters a discontented photojournalist, a salesgirl, and a prisoner as they engage in the simple, meditative act of walking. Deeply nuanced and explorative, the film was enthusiastically received by the audience. Post the film, the secretary of the society engaged in an interactive session with the filmmaker who was present at the venue.
The film was followed by the official closing ceremony where Sadabahar was awarded as the Best Student Film for the year. Directed by Suyash Kamat, the film follows the story of a wedding brass quartet in Goa who find themselves falsely accused of robbery.
Ritesh Sharma, whose film Jhini Bini Chadariya was screened yesterday says, “The festival has a good curation of Indian Cinema, and the solidarity between the team members is praiseworthy.”
Post the session, the festival screened the closing film Ek Jagah Apni. A film by the Ektara Collective, the film follows the journey of two individuals Laila and Roshni, as they struggle to find a place to live in. The film addresses the larger discourse of privilege, trans-identity, and individuality.
The festival concluded for the year with Rays Agantuk. The last of the festival also saw three student films Amma Lodge by Shivashis Pradhan, Anekantvad by Ikprabh Singh Kohli, and Aalam by Deependra Kumar.
The festival has enthralled audiences across age groups over the past four days, adding to the cultural space of the vibrant city.