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Indian Panorama starts with Kanyaka Talkies

Indian Panorama starts with Kanyaka Talkies
Panaji: Indian Panorama Section of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opened with the screening of  Malayalam movie, ‘Kanyaka Talkies’ in the feature film section on Thursday. It is a debut  film by K.R. Manoj, a national award-winning documentary film-maker.

The film unfolds the plight of a theatre-owner who puts his heart and soul into running the theatre despite heavy odds. The subject has been treated with such an empathy that a B-grade talkies of the 80s and 90s itself becomes a character.

Starring Murali Gopy, Lena and Maniyanpilla Raju, Kanyaka Talkies has also been selected for the competition section at the 15th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival and in the ‘Malayalam Cinema Today’ section of the forthcoming International Film Festival of Kerala. 

Indian cinema has seen an exciting journey through 100 years right from the days of Raja Harishchandra to 3 Idiots now, Union Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting (Independent charge) Manish Tewari stated while inaugurating the Indian Panorama section.

“Indian cinema has come a long way due to the efforts of all the people who have played a significant role in the growth of the industry,” Tewari said during the inauguration function where veteran actor Manoj Kumar was the chief guest.

“I request Shankar Mohan (Festival Director) to create a separate section dedicated to political cinema from across the world, from next year. Politics is a part of our lives,” he further said.

Also present at the inauguration function were actor Prem Chopra, director Subhash Ghai and actor Manoj Bajpai.

Speaking on the occasion Manoj Kumar said: “An international film festival at any country is like a mini universe. I congratulate the ministry and compliment them on creating this mini universe. I thank the honourable Minister for Information and Broadcasting for acknowledging me at the international event.”

He further said that regional films are always the real deal and underlined the importance of why the father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke made the iconic movie Raja Harishchandra.

“At an event earlier he happened to watch the movie ‘Life of Christ’. It disturbed him that while other countries were making quality films, India had yet to make films based on people who had played a big role in history, people who change the course of Indian history and are a part of the country's culture and heritage. That’s why he made that film,” he said.

The Indian Panorama category comprises 26 feature films and 16 non-feature films from contemporary Indian cinema, including two National Award entries from feature and non-feature section.

A book titled ‘Bhartiya cinema ka Safarnama’ by Divya Dutta and Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra was also released on the occasion.