The Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) this year will be paying tribute to some legendary artistes in the field of art and film, who passed away earlier this year, through film screenings as part of the retrospective section.
But only hours after the organisers of the festival released the schedule of the week-long event, a group came forth to express their discontent about the documentary film — Through The Eyes Of A Painter — being screened in the memory of MF Husain.
Reportedly, a group of agitated representatives from the Hindu Jagriti Samiti landed up at Cinemax at Infinity Mall in Andheri, the festival’s main venue, on Thursday afternoon, to protest against the screening of the film on the controversy-courting artist.
Husain had left the country to live abroad in self-exile in 2006, after religious groups had raised numerous objectionsabout the portrayal of Indian deities in his paintings.
Retrospectives on filmmaker Mani Kaul and actor Shammi Kapoor will also be held around the same time.
However, though officials from the festival were unavailable to comment, a reliable source reveals that the film screening is still on schedule. The film will be available to watch on October 17 at 5.30 pm at Cinemax, Andheri.
Many delegates witnessed the incident outside the venue and shared a unanimous view that the controversy over the late artist’s work should be allowed to pass. The Mumbai Film Festival began on Friday and will conclude on October 20.