Japanese, Indonesian films well received at the 9th Osian's Film Festival
It was a largely Japanese and Southeast Asian fare for cinema lovers on day six of the 9th Osian's-Cinefan film festival but it was Bollywood film Omkara that seemed to be the star attraction.
Japanese film Wool 100% and Indonesia's The Secret were screened here and were well received by audiences.
Wool 100% is about two old, eccentric women who live in a fantasy world filled with monsters and garbage inside and outside their house.
"Japanese films come up with great ideas and it is good that Osian has decided to focus on Japan this year because Japanese films are not screened that often in India," said Rajesh Misra, who quite enjoyed "Wool 100%".
Joko Anwar's The secret is a fictitious thriller about a new law introduced in an unnamed land to bring about peace by strictly upholding morality, but it ends up with people taking matters into their own hands.
Said Rakesh Seth, another movie buff: "Asian films are doing well, especially Japanese and Southeast Asian ones are giving competition to Hollywood. It is worth watching such films at Osian."
Other movies screened included The Last Dining Table from South Korea, Cafumiere and I Don't Want To Sleep Alone from Taiwan and Eye in the Sky from Hong Kong. The fest is focussing on Arab and Japanese films in its 2007 edition.
But all eyes were on Vishal Bharadwaj's Omkara, Bollywood's take on the classic Shakespearian tragedy Othello, which was to be screened Wednesday night. The film is set to draw huge crowds, even though it has been screened on television too.
Omkara won rave reviews from critics but failed to make the cash counters ring. The film saw brilliant performances by Ajay Devgan, who plays the lead role, and Saif Ali Khan.
They were ably supported by Kareena Kapoor, Viveik Oberoi, Konkona Sen Sharma and Kareena Kapoor.
"There's no missing Omkara today. We came in the afternoon to watch some really good films being screened but we will stay back for Omkara," said 52-year-old Ashish Gupta.
"I have seen Omkara many times but I'm here to see it yet again," said Shilpa Rastogi. "It's a classic."