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Goa is not just about feni and fun: Director

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Goan Konkani film ‘Baga Beach’ depicts the tourist-laden lives of the State

Cast and crew of Goan Konkani film ‘Baga Beach’ at IFFI in Panaji on Tuesday.
Cast and crew of Goan Konkani film ‘Baga Beach’ at IFFI in Panaji on Tuesday.

Arguably the biggest film from Goa yet, ‘Baga Beach – A Season in Paradise’, was screened at the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference after the screening, Goan film director Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, whose previous film “Paltadcho Monis”(Man Beyond the Bridge) had received international accolades, said the film which will be commercially released soon, was about the contemporary problems mostly found in communities living around the golden beaches of Goa.

“The film is about a six-month tourist season and the lives of seven characters are inter-woven into the film,” Mr. Shetgaonkar said, adding that he had used an ensemble cast for the film, with actors from around the world, including Bengali actor Paoli Dam who added star power to the film.

Ms. Dam said she began shooting for the film immediately after the previous edition of the IFFI and that the film was shot within 30 days. “I had a great time in Goa. I spent the first two-three days seeing how these young girls selling articles on the beach live, how they spend their day, and how they run away from the police too,” she said.

Mr. Shetgaonkar said, “It deals with Indian tourists who come to Goa, foreigners who look forward to a holiday on the beach, migrants who come to Goa looking for a livelihood. All these voices are a part of the film.”

He hoped his film would start a cinema movement in Goa considering the exposure the movie would give to Goan talent as well as the Goan landscape.

The director also said the film could work as an eye-opener to those visiting Goa, who see it only as a land of feni and fun. “There are other aspects also at play which people should see and become aware of when they are in Goa,” he said.

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