Renowned filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli has said that the experience of watching a series of movies directed by a particular person as part of a retrospective screening is entirely different from watching a movie in isolation.

“One can observe a director creating a continuous show of his/her view points. It is altogether a different experience,” he told presspersons on the sidelines of the Fifth Bangalore International Film Festival (BIFFes).

This year’s BIFFes is something special for Mr. Kasaravalli as his Koormavatara is featuring in the competitive section and his flicks such as Tabarana Kathe, Krourya, Thayi Saheba, Dweepa and Hasina are being screened in the retrospective section.

Mr. Kasaravalli said a retrospective of his films was planned at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa and the Kolkata International Film Festival. “A Union Minister wanted to screen a retrospective of my films in Kolkata. But I was firm on having a retrospective at IFFI and refused to be featured in Kolkata.” However, three of his films were screened in Goa. He expressed satisfaction with the selection of films at BIFFes.

“Most of the shows are houseful and the response is encouraging. Youngsters, who are well-informed about developments in the celluloid world across the globe, are responding seriously to the films,” Mr. Kasaravalli observed.

Stressing on the need to have a separate Indian Panorama section or holding a festival for Indian movies separately, he said that an Indian Panorama would help the audience to have an understanding of pan-Indian cinema.


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