Goa reels under shock
The International Film Festival of India at the scenic Panaji in Goa was marred by the Mumbai tragedy. Parties were cancelled and the celebratory mood that cinema usually evokes clearly disappeared half way through the 10-day annual event.
Bollywood’s eternal showman, Subash Ghai, quipped that “when your kids put a gun to your head, there must be something terribly wrong with the way you have raised them”. There were two movies in the Festival that dealt with terror. Vera Chawla’s Death without Consent and Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday, a racy thriller set in Mumbai.
Death without Consent was a relatively low budget work dealing with bioterrorism.
At a low key reception in honour of the French diva, Catherine Deneuve, during the Festival, Chawla said a series of phone calls from friends and relatives in the U.S. woke her in the middle of the night and she rushed to tear up the publicity posters of her film. “This was clearly not the time to publicise my bio-terror work”, she said.