Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The distance from the real, cruel world and that of fantasy — created by a 10-year-old — is big. The much-talked about film Parzania is about a family lost in between these two worlds. A world with hatred simmering and madness leaping out of every corner. And another world where the buildings are made of chocolate, mountains of ice-cream and all you do is play cricket throughout the day. Film lovers in the city will get a chance to feel the angst of Cyrus and his family who are Parsis caught in a communal riot, when the film is screened at Kanoos Theatre on Thursday to mark the inauguration of the Metro Film Society, Kochi.

Actor Mammotty will inaugurate the film society, which promises to “live up to the cosmopolitan culture of Kochi and be true to its pluralistic, secular and democratic traditions.”

Filmmaker K.G. George will deliver the keynote address and film editor Beena Paul Venugopal will release the logo of Metro Film Society Kochi. Deputy Mayor of Kochi Corporation C.K. Manisankar will issue the first membership card. Filmmaker Kamal and Film Society Federation secretary S. Suresh Babu will attend the function. Based on a real-life incident during the communal violence that tore Gujarat apart in 2002, ‘Parzania’ triggered much political debates. It was banned by the State Government of Gujarat. The film, however, fetched the national award for Best Director to Rahul Dholakia and that of Best Female Actor to Sarika last year.

The film, Mr. Dholakia once said, is based on the life of Azhar, the boy who went missing during the pogrom. He is still missing. The film ends with an appeal to trace him. The film society is indeed announcing its arrival on a powerful note.