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Chetna Dua, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 13, 2013
Are you an old films buff who craves a chance to catch the black and white classics on the silver screen? You just got lucky. The ongoing Habitat Film Festival is screening some award-winning classics like Do Bigha Zameen, Kabuliwala and Garam Hawa as a tribute to actor Balraj Sahni on his birth centenary. “We have a retrospective section where we showcase the works of an established film personality from yesteryears. This year the retrospective section is dedicated to the star of 50s and 60s Balraj Sahni,” says Vidyun Singh, programmes head, Habitat Film Club.

The festival is screening nine of Sahni’s films this week. The actor's son, Parikshit Sahni who flagged off the event last Friday says, “Thanks to this festival I got to see some rare archival works of my father, like Dharti Ke Lal, that are not available in the market.”

For most people, Indian cinema is synonymous with larger than life Bollywood films. Currently in it’s 8th edition, the festival tries to dispel this myth by showcasing almost 90 films from across the country representing various languages, culture and customs on screen. “The joy of watching a movie on a big screen with like-minded cinema lovers is un-paralleled. Most experimental and independent cinema makers don't even get to screen their films at a multiplex and reach their prospective audience due to the high costs involved. We are trying to provide a platform to independent and regional cinema through this festival,” says Singh.

Movies to watch

May 14
Quartet I (Bengali)
Papilio Buddha (Malayalam)
Kabuliwala (Hindi)

May 15
Oh My God!
Sanhita (Marathi)
Aaravan (Tamil)

May 16
Ozhimuri (Malayalam)
Waqt (Hindi)

May 17
Seema (Hindi)

May 18
Shunya Ankha (Bengali)
Anumati (Marathi)
Vishvaroopam (Tamil)
May 19
Leipaklei (Manipuri) 
Lessons In Forgetting (English)
Garam Hawa (Hindi)

Catch it here
What: Habitat Film Festival
On Till: May 19, 11am onwards
Entry: By passes available at the Habitat programmes desk
Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
NEAREST METRO STATION: Jor Bagh on the Yellow Line