The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) 2012, opening on Friday, will screen six movies by Indian directors in the category of ‘Top Angle’ movies.
These are films that won accolades at other film festivals but are not being featured in the competitive section of IFFK. They were directed by Ajitha Suchithra Veera, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, Arvind Iyer, Girish Kasaravalli, Gajendra Ahire and Raghu Jeganathan.
The Ballad of Rustom, directed and written by Ajitha Suchitra Veera, is the story of Rustom, a government official, living in the countryside. For him, life is a meaningless journey from place to place.
The film Deool, directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni and starring Nana Patekar, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Girish Kulkarni, and Sonali Kulkarni, portrays the effect of globalisation on small cities in India and the terrible life of the people living there.
Aravind Iyer’s Drapchi, a film in English and Tibetan, is based on a true story. Namgyal Lhamo plays the lead role as Yiga Gyalnang, an opera singer who gets arrested and is held as a prisoner at the Drapchi prison in Lhasa, Tibet.
Koormavatara, directed by Girish Kasaravalli and starring Dr. Shikaripura Krishnamurthy and Jayanthi, is a Kannada film released last year. The protagonist, an official waiting the moment of retirement, happens to play a role in a television serial as Mahatma Gandhi. Unknowingly, he imbibes some of the Gandhian philosophies.
Touring Talkies is a Marathi film directed and written by Gajendra Ahire. It tells the story of the life of Chandni who runs touring talkies, a work done only by men. One day she forgets to lock her cash drawer and her drunken father steals her earnings which finally put her into debts.
The film 500 & 5 is a symbolic movie directed and written by Raghu Jeganathan telling the story of the journey of a 500 rupee note and the way five people use it. The film compares the way the affluent and the poor handles money. The above stated films are semi-autobiographical and portray the life of the people undergoing hardships.