Award winning Indian films festival from Monday

ABU DHABI - The five-day

By T Ramavarman (Special Correspondent)

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Published: Sat 5 Apr 2008, 6:50 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:45 PM

The Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Talmiz Ahmad, will inaugurate the festival at 7pm tomorrow. The screenings will be free.

The festival will showcase nine classical films, selected from different Indian languages. All films to be screened fall outside of the commercial criteria and reflect the underlying reality of the Indian life at multiple levels, according to the festival director, B. Shamnad.

Shamnad told Khaleej Times that the mission of this film festival was to reach the Indian classical cinema to audiences in Abu Dhabi and thereby cultivate an interest among them for those films which have high artistic merit and culturally refined entertainment components. This, in turn, is expected to contribute to strengthening the Indo-UAE relations at the deeper cultural levels.

The opening film of the festival will be 'Aadum Koothu (Dance of Life) – Tamil with English subtitles, directed by T.V. Chandran, who has won several awards. Chandran's films, which have strong under-currents of history, politics and feminism, have also been screened at major international festivals.

The festival will close on April 11 with 'Amu' – English directed by Shonali Bose. 'Amu,' the first feature film by Shonali Bose, an UCLA film school graduate and political activist. Bose worked in the refugee camps where she heard the horror stories that form the basis of her screenplay. The script skillfully draws the viewer into this maelstrom of hatred using both the mystery story and budding romance between characters Amu and Kabir.

A highlight of the festival will be a retrospective of works of the renowned Indian filmmaker, the late Satyajit Ray. Ray stood as a giant in the Indian cinema, and with his unique style he had made marvellous contributions to the medium at the global level as well. Two Ray films 'Pather Panchali' (Memories in the Mist) and 'Charulata' (The Lonely Wife) will be screened as part of the retrospective, which has been titled as 'Satyajit Ray –The Legend'. Both these films are in Bengali but have English subtitles.

'Baaja' (Drum) – Hindi with English subtitles— directed by Apurba Kishore Bir, 'Nayi Neralu' (In the Shadow of Dog) -- Kannada with English subtitles – directed by Girish Kasaravalli, 'Utarayan' (Journey to the Other Side) – Marathi with English subtitles directed by Bipin Nadkarni, 'Mr. & Mrs. Iyer' – English— directed by Aparna Sen and 'Ore Kadal' (The Sea Within) – Malayalam with English subtitles—directed by Shyamaprasad will also be screened at the festival.

Emirati short films will be screened before each of the Indian films, Shamnad said.



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