The eight-day exposition titled 'The Festival of Indian Panorama 2007' was inaugurated by Director General of ( M&C) Deepak Sandhu.
During the festival, there will be screening of 21 feature films and 15 non-feature films which present a wide spectrum of contemporary themes and treatments of Indian cinema.
Ms Sandhu said the festival has opened on a special day which was the birthday of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray.
One of the Members of the Jury(Feature Films) Shubhar Gupta in her remarks said selecting movies for the Panorama was a very enriching experience as the whole package provided a cinematic view of Indian culture.
Director of the Film festival Neelam Kapur said the festival was an attempt to present the best of Indian cinema to viewers of the capital.
The festival opened with Bagher Bacha, a non-feature film in Bengali directed by Bishnu Dev Halder, an ex-student of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata.
The opening film of the feature film section was Ore Kadal (Malayalam), directed by Shyamaprasad.
Debut directors like Sameer Hanchate, Bhavana Talwar and Samir Chanda bring with them a refreshing and incisive style of cinema, while the stalwarts like Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Budhadeb Dasgupta challenge ideas and established norms again with their films-Naalu Penungal and Ami Iyasin Aar Amaar Madhubala.
The non-feature film section offers a large variety. The biographicals like Naushad Ali, Pandit Ramnarayan, Mubarak Begum and Rajarshi Bhagyachandra of Manipur chronicle the lives of important Indian personalities are prominent in the section. Films like Bagher Bacha, Hope Dies Last in War, Joy Ride and whose Land Is It Anyway are stimulating.
The Indian Panorama package was selected by two juries of eminent film makers. The feature film jury headed by K S Sethumadhavan, the renowned film maker, also had the following as members -Leslie Carvalho, Dr Mrunalinni Patil Dayal, Ms Manju Bora, Ms Shubhra Gupta and Mr Abhijit Dasgupta.
The non-feature film jury was headed by another renowned film maker Arun Khopkar and had the following film makers as members -Pankaj Butalia, Gautam Saikia and Ms Kavita Chaudhary.
Entry to all film shows is free. The free of cost passes will be available at Siri Fort Auditorium counters till May 9 on 'first come first served' basis.
The Indian Panorama is one of the most important sections of the International Film Festival of India, since it represents the rich diversity present in the Indian cinema.
The section was first organised in 1978 with a view to present the wide range of cinema produced in the country. Since then, the Indian Panorama section has been a regular feature of the International Film Festival of India.
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