Call to organise theme-based film festivals

Recognition: Aruna Vasudev (right) handing over the first copy of the book on Girish Kasaravalli (left) to him after releasing it at the Bengalooru International Film festival on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

Staff Reporter

Book on essays on film-maker Girish Kasaravalli released

BANGALORE: From the growth of the film society movement in India to the role of DVDs in reviving the interest in art cinema, the interaction held at Biffes, the ongoing Bangalore International Film Festival, brought up a variety of topics and issues related to Indian cinema.

Sudhir Nadgaonkar, general secretary for the Federation of Film Society of India; Patrizia Raveggi, Director, Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi; Malathi Sahai, Former Director of International Film Festival India, and Aruna Vasudev, Former Director OSIAN Asian Film Festival, spoke about their contribution to cinema and answered questions about the state of India cinema.

The discussion revolved largely around the promotion of cinema in individual cities through film festivals and the lack of access and availability to Indian art films. While charting the path of the concept of the Film Festival in India, Ms. Sahai said: “Festivals tend to get clumped together and get repetitive. It is time to move on to theme-based festivals which have some kind of a specialisation.”

Mr. Nadgaonkar listed out his vision for the Federation of Film Society of India in the backdrop of it having completed its 50th year. “Film societies are cultural NGOs which must work only for the love of cinema.”

In defence of the National Film Development Corporation, Mr. Nadgaonkar said that though it was producing DVDs for all movies, the circulation and access of these DVDs to the general public left much to be desired.

Book release

A book “Culturing Realism” which comprises essays on and interviews with Girish Kasaravalli edited by Manu Chakravarthy was released by Ms. Vasudev.

“This is an initial step towards evolving an Indian theoretical perspective in a culture that is indebted to Western models and theories" said Prof. Chakravarty, editor and well known film critic, on “Culturing Realism: Reflections on Girish Kasarvalli.” He added that the book was not a tribute but an analysis and an attempt to understand Girish Kasarvalli’s films better.