Manipal Film Festival celebrates 100 years of Indian Cinema2 min read
Manipal: Manipal Film Festival, organised by Communication Management Students of Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC), was held on April 26 – 28 at the MIT AC Seminar Hall. The theme of the three-day affair was the celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema.
The festival showcased movies of different languages and time periods. The world-renowned Pather Panchali, along with Shankarabharanm and Gulabi Talkies were screened. Other movies that were screened include Shree 420, Golmaal, Ustaad Hotel, Bombay and Mammo. “Screening movies like Sholay was delightful. Such movies are the benchmarks of the evolution of cinema in India. Watching these movies was definitely a great way to celebrate Indian cinema,” said Sagun Somani, a first year from Manipal Institute of Technology.
There were also lectures on different aspects of Indian Cinema. Manek Premchand, a film critic, spoke of the changing trends in lyrics and music in cinema. “Indian Cinema has seen an enormous change when it comes to lyrics of film songs. But the classics by Shamshad Begum, Mohammed Rafi and others remain to be evergreen,” said Premchand while screening clips from famous songs.
Film maker P.N. Ramachandra, held a workshop and screened a documentary on B.V. Karanth after which there was a talk by Prof. Phaniraj, a film analyst. Film critic Prof. Manu Chakravarthy talked about new wave cinema in India, western influence and realism. The screening of Heroines De Jaayenge, a musical by Bollywood director Sundeep Malani on the influence of Yashraj films on Indian Cinema was also held.
“We had a full house for movies like Golmaal, Ustad Hotel and Sholay. We got a good response for the workshops too,” said Vaishnavi Shenoy, a second year MA student from MIC who was part of the organising committee.
The inaugural ceremony featured the release of Lata Jagtiani’s book on the composer O.P. Nayyar and the felicitation of Manek Premchand, author of ‘Romancing the Song’. The chief guest for the occasion was Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, Pro Vice Chancellor, Manipal University. Dr. M.V. Kamath, Honorary Director of MIC and Varadesh Hiregange, Director of MIC were also present for the function.
Sub-edited by Shiv Nair