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`Shanti' gets into the Guinness Book

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PROUD MOMENT: Actor Bhavana and Baragur Ramachandrappa displaying the certificate issued by the Guinness Book of World Records, in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

BANGALORE: Shanti, an off-beat Kannada film directed by the noted writer, Baragur Ramachandrappa, has earned the rare distinction of being the second Indian film to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Guinness World Records has so far selected only three films, including Shanti, for the honours.

The first-ever Indian film to earn the distinction was Sunil Dutt's Hindi film Yaadein in 1964.

The lone European film selected for the honour was La Derniere Lettre (France/USA), directed by Frederick Wiseman in 2002.

All the three films, excluding monologues, are narratives with a single actor. Shanti attempts to explore the multiple faces of peace by juxtaposing symbolism and monologues.

Dr. Ramachandrappa told presspersons here on Thursday that the film, though experimental, has not been produced for the sake of experiment.

Challenging task

"I have given more importance to explore the creative aspects of the theme than to conceptualise it." Writing the screenplay was a challenging task, as he had to accommodate ideological issues without betraying logic and reasoning, he said.

Reference to UN

The theme of the film is exploring the means and methods to fight terrorism without compromising with the human values espoused by the United Nations. "The reference to the UN is vital in this context as the world body is the creation of two contradictory state of affairs — war and peace. I have selected the female character in the film as peace is generally considered feminine whereas war is masculine," he said.

Realising the bleak possibilities of releasing the film for the public in a commercial cinema set-up, he launched a month-long programme "Samudaayadatta Cinema."

Film screening

Under the programme, he organised the screening of the film in many cities, towns and villages situated between Bangalore and Belgaum.

That helped the promotion of art cinema and attracted more people to it, he said.

Dr. Ramachandrappa is a former professor of Kannada in Bangalore University. He has produced non-commercial films in Kannada such as Ondu Oorina Kathe, Benki, Surya, Kshama and Kote.

Winner of a good number of awards, he was the Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority.

He has plans to make a film on the Buddha.

Ramesh Yadav has produced Shanti. Bhavana is the only one in the cast. Music is by Hamsalekha and editing is by Suresh Urs while Nagaraja Adavani has handled the camera.

The film has also bagged the second best State award that carries a cash award of Rs .75,000 and a silver medal.

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