47 Flicks that Narrate Tales of Hapless Indian Lives

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s2nd IFFK to Screen 47 Flicks that Narrate Tales of Hapless Indian Lives

Films that narrate tales of the downtrodden and battered souls will come up for screening under various categories at the 22nd edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala. As many as 47 films, that portray the hapless Indian lives, have been handpicked to be screened under categories such as Indian Cinema Now, Malayalam Cinema Now, Uprooted: Films on Identity and Space, Homage, and the Competition section.

The Indian Cinema Now category will have seven Indian movies, and they are: Sanjib Dey’s ‘III Smoking Barrels’ which pictured the socio political scenario of the North East; Prasad Oak’s ‘Kachcha Limbu’, a film depicting the social life of the 1980s; Dar Gai’s ‘Teen Aur Aadha’ that narrates the stories of the life of persons who lived their lives in a building during three different time frames; Assamese film maker Rima Das’s ‘Village Rockstars’, which portrays the survival story of women in Assam; Dipesh Jain’s ‘Gaali Guliyan’ describing the life of a person who refrains from the realities of life; Ravi Jadhav’s ‘Nude’, which socially and aesthetically looks into the subject of nudity; and Nikhil Allug’s ‘Shehjar’, the story of a family which gets hooked up in the life of Mumbai. All these films bring on screen a cross section of the marginalized Indian society struggling for existence.

Liar’s Dice, a character-driven road movie directed by Geethu Mohandas, will be screened under the Uprooted: Film on Identity and Space category. The film depicts the life of a lady who sets out to the city in search of her lost husband. The story is about the experiences she and her child encounter in the course of their search, and the realizations that dawn on them.

These apart, the festival will also screen Satyajit Ray’s ‘Charulata’, Aparna Sen’s ‘Sonata’ and Y.M Movies’ ‘One Heart: The A.R. Rahman Concert’. The latter is a journey through the life and music of A.R. Rahman.

The fest will pay homage to great legends of the industry, who passed away this year. As a tribute, films of I.V. Sasi, K.R. Mohanan, Om Puri, Kundan Shah, Jayalalitha, Gita Sen, and Ramananda Sen Gupta will be screened.

Among the I. V. Sasi films would be ‘1921’, which portrayed a regional chapter of the Indian Independence struggle; ‘Aalkkoottathil Thaniye’, on the life of a person who slips into solitude, even with many people around him; ‘Aaroodam’, which amazingly presented on screen the depth of family relations; ‘Itha Ivide Vare’, which captured the varied emotions of a person who leaves home and returns 30 years later; ‘Mrugaya’, which told the tale of a leopard hunter.

K.R. Mohanan’s ‘Purushartham’, which depicts the life of a widow and her son who get engulfed between the rituals and realities of the society; ‘Swaroopam’, the story of a family man who gets influenced by spirituality and moves away from his spouse and kids; ‘Ashwathaama’, an adaptation of the tale of the warrior from the epic Mahabharata; will also be screened in this section.

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and actress Jayalalithaa’s ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’, Om Puri’s ‘Ardh Satya’, and Gita Sen’s and Ramananda Sengupta’s ‘Naagarik’ are the other films to be screened in the Homage category.

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