Staff Reporter

Educational channel ViCTERS to air Indian films

Films chosen for the message they convey

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Starting Saturday, it will be a feast of classic films for the student community in the State.

The IT@School Project has tied up with the National Film Development Corporation to air select Indian films through its educational channel ViCTERS. The films will be telecast on Saturdays at 9.30 pm. followed by a repeat telecast on Sundays at 9.30 a.m. Students can watch some 50 films categorised as ‘Indian classics’ such as ‘The making of Mahatma’ by Shyam Benegal, ‘Adi Shankaracharya’ by G.V. Iyer, ‘Char Adhay’ by Kumar Sahni and ‘Train to Pakistan’ by Pamela Brooks through the channel.

The objective of the tie-up is to provide an opportunity to the students to view and understand epic films which are of high educational and social value, said K. Anwar Sadath, executive director, IT@School Project.

According to Mr. Sadath, the diverse themes of the films will give the students a rare understanding of various cultures, societies and regional peculiarities as essayed by the characters.

Some of the films that will be screened include ‘Ghare Baire,’ ‘Agantuk,’ ‘Current,’ ‘Dharavi,’ ‘Five by Four,’ ‘Kairee,’ ‘Mammo,’ ‘Kabhi Tum Kabhi Hum,’ ‘Ek Ghar,’ ‘Amrita,’ ‘Mirch Masala,’ ‘Main Zinda Hoon,’ ‘Mahayatra,’ ‘Deep,’ ‘Dattak,’ ‘Bub,’ ‘Attaja,’ ‘Yugant,’ ‘Janee Bhi Do Yaaron,’ ‘Ganashatru,’ ‘Miss Beatty’s Children,’ ‘Tahader Katha,’ ‘Biswaprakash,’ ‘Haste Hassate,’ ‘Ek Doctor ki Maut,’ ‘Rui ka Boj,’ ‘Party,’ ‘Naseem,’ ‘Massey Sahib,’ ‘Mansu Mian R. Ghora,’ Nazar,’ ‘Rudali,’ ‘Pestonjee,’ ‘Marhi da Deeva,’ ‘Down,’ ‘Amodini,’ ‘Antareen,’ ‘Ek din Achanak’ and ‘Pratimurti.’ All films will have Malayalam subtitles.

The films have been identified based on the social and educational message that it could convey. “Each film gives an in-depth knowledge about a certain personality or an aspect that will influence their thought process,” said Mr. Sadath. “In addition to this, the students will also get an opportunity to critically analyse the works of filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal and Mrinal Sen,” he said.

The screening of the films will be launched by Education Minister M.A. Baby on September 25.

Launched in 2007, the ViCTERS Channel telecasts programmes 17 hours a day from 6 a.m. The channel is distributed by local cable operators and covers 80 per cent of the households in the State. The channel also facilitates interactive virtual classrooms that enable school students and teachers to directly communicate with subject experts.

It may be noted that the IT@School Project has recently tied up with Deutsche Welle, a German broadcaster to provide educational content of international standard through the channel.