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Sumitra Bhave inaugurates 8th Asian Film Festival at National Film Archive of India

Kannada director Girish Kasaravalli congratulated the organisers for reviving this film festival since the Asian Film Festival was held in Pune after a gap of six years.

pune Updated: Jan 25, 2018 15:32 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
Sumitra Bhave inaugurates,8th Asian Film Festival,National Film Archive of India
Sumitra Bhave (right) and Girish Kasaravalli inaugurate the 8th Asian Film Festival at NFAI in Pune.(SANKET WANKHADE/HT PHOTO)

The 8th Asian Film Festival was inaugurated by national award winning director Sumitra Bhave on Wednesday at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) . The festival began with the screening of the new Iranian film ‘The Bench’. The organisers of the film festival include Aashay Film Club supported by the ministry of tourism and cultural affairs, government of Maharashtra in collaboration with NFAI, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Film Federation Societies of India (FFSI) and the Asian Film Foundation, Mumbai. Kannada director Girish Kasaravalli was conferred the Zenith Asia award. This function was followed by a screening of his acclaimed film ‘Koormavatara’.

Kasaravalli congratulated the organisers for reviving this film festival since the Asian Film Festival was held in Pune after a gap of six years. “I regret that I still can’t speak in Marathi despite the fact that I spent three years at FTII and that I am married to a Maharashtrian,” he said. Kasaravalli hinted that the only two phrases which he learnt were ‘pudhe sarka’ (move ahead) and ‘yete thuku naka’ (don’t spit here) which were not applicable here.

He further added that it was an honour for him to receive this award in Pune as this city groomed him. “The festival was held on the premise of FTII and NFAI which shaped my cinematic sensibilities. It taught me how to make a film and also taught me how to be a committed film maker,” he added.

Kasarvalli stressed that in his journey, of over four decades, he has made only fourteen films. “It is a small ripple in the ocean of films,” he added.

He also shared his thoughts on film making and said that as a film maker to make good cinema, you have to convince yourself first and then you have to convince your audience. “Don’t use cinema as propaganda or as entertainment. Cinema is for engagement,” he said.

According to Kasarvalli, we have become very self centered. “My understanding of India and its people is better now as I look beyond them, through my cinema. The purpose is not to give answers but to raise questions,” he added.

50 films from across Asia will be screened over a period of seven days at NFAI - Archive Theatre, Prabhat road , and FTII - Main Theatre.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 15:32 IST