Kiran Shantaram, son of the veteran filmmaker V. Shantaram inaugurated the Ray Film Festival in Bhavan’s College, Andheri.
The three-month-long festival is dedicated to V. Shantaram, who died at the age of 90 on October 28, 1990. He made 92 films in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, including silent movies, and won 25 awards as an actor.
“When he (V.Shantaram) was on his deathbed, he told me, now you have to take this heritage of films ahead,” said Kiran Shantaram, vice-president of the Federation of Film Societies of India.
A documentary, The Pioneer Spirit on V Shantaram, was screened during the inaugural function.
The 43-minute documentary was made by veteran author, journalist and documentary filmmaker Sanjit Narvekar, who has also written V Shantaram: The Legacy of the Royal Lotus.
In its second year, the festival will continue till January and end with an array of inter-collegiate events on January 4, 5 and 6.
“In these three months, films made by Shantaram will be screened and workshops on various aspects of filmmaking will be conducted. We are starting with a film appreciation workshop by Raghunath Fadnis this Saturday,” said Ninad Zende, chairperson of the festival.