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Dedicated days for regional films: IFFI celebrates the rich diversity of India

Goa:22/11/23:The 54th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is not merely a convergence of global cinematic excellence; it is a celebration of the rich diversity of regional films that emanate from the diverse corners of our nation. In keeping with its cherished tradition of honoring regional cinema, IFFI 54 has meticulously curated dedicated days for segmented screening of films from various languages of India.

Commencing today, the regional films started rolling with a mesmerizing array of films from Eastern India in the Indian Panorama section. Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Manipuri, and various North Eastern dialects took center stage in this vibrant bouquet today. Baruar Xongxar (Assamese film) directed by Utpal Borpujari, Mau: The Spirit Dreams of Cheraw (Mizo film) directed by Shilpika Bordoloi, The Sea and Seven Villages (Odia film) directed by Himanshu Sekhar Khatua, Ardhangini (Bengali film) directed by Kaushik Ganguly are some of the regional films that were screened today at various venues of IFFI.

As the festival unfolds, a cinematic journey across the country with the following schedule is promised:

November 23rd: South 1: Tamil & Malayalam

November 24th: North: Punjabi, Dogri, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Urdu, Chattisgarhi

November 25th: West: Konkani, Marathi, Gujarati

November 26th: South 2: Kannada & Telugu

Tamil film Ponniyin Selvan-2 directed by iconic director Mani Ratnam and Malayalam film Kaathal-The Core directed by award winning director Jeo Baby will be screened tomorrow (23.11.2023) at IFFI. Based on the novel of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy, Ponniyin Selvan narrates the tragic love story of Chola dynasty prince Adithya Karikalan and a poor orphaned temple girl Nandini. Their childhood romance was torn apart by the royals. As young Nandini was banished from the lands to keep her away from Karikalan, Prince Karikalan has been a mad man ever since. Later in the story, Nandini plots against the royal princes and Emperor Sundara Chozhar to exact revenge for the slaying of the Pandya King Veerapandian. She infiltrates the Cholas by marrying the Chola treasurer Periya Pazhuvettarayar and creates a machiavellian scheme. What follows is a historical-royal- political pot boiler of succession, power struggle, revenge, vengence, love and the survival of the Chola Dynasty.

Kaathal-The Core starring veteran Malayalam actor Mammootty explores the politics of society’s mindset towards homosexuals. The main protagonist in the film George Devassy is a decorated official who recently retired from a Co- operative Bank and lives with his wife Omana, his daughter Femi and George’s father, Devassi. On a Sunday morning, after church rituals, George decides to contest for the upcoming Panchayat Elections and gives his nomination. But to everyone’s shock, two days later his wife Omana files for a divorce in the family court stating that George is in a homosexual relationship for the last few years with Thankan, his friend who runs a driving school in the same village. The story follows the incidents happening in and outside the family and larger society following this allegation.

IFFI 2023 invites film enthusiasts to immerse themselves in this kaleidoscope of cinematic brilliance, embracing the myriad stories that make up the soul of our nation.

For more details: https://iffigoa.org/

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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