The best under one roof

The best under one roof

Cinematic Masterpieces

But yet it saw a glamourous start on Thursday evening with all the traditional pomp. The festival  brought together the best of the cinematic masterpieces from around the world.

The Jnana Jyothi Auditorium was jam-packed and saw the presence of the top guns from the Kannada film industry.

Veteran directors like S K Bhagawan, actresses like Jayanti, Jayamala, Hema Choudhary, B Jayashree, Arundhati Nag, Tara, a national award-winning actress and ambassador of the BIFF, Shruti, Anu Prabhakar, Samyukta and music directors, singers and producers attended the event and extended their whole-hearted support to make the festival a grand success.

While most of the actresses stuck to the traditional mode by wearing kanjeevaram, Mysore silk saris, veteran actresses like B Jayashree and Arundhati Nag were dressed in their signature handloom saris.

Spicing up the event were celebrities like Om Puri, Ananth Nag and Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui.

Just as the Chief Minister began unveiling the official scroll of the 4th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival, the cultural extravaganza began giving the onlookers a taste of Indian culture.

Choreographed by Vyjayanthi Kashi, a fusion dance piece Prakasham was a visual treat to the audience. It was a spellbinding medley of bharatanatyam, kuchipudi, kathak, odissi, folk dances and Yakshagana.

Up next was the screening of the opening film of the festival, ‘Lucky’, a South African movie which has B Jayashree in one of the lead roles.

Directed by Avie Luthra, the film is about a orphan named Lucky and an Indian women by name Padma.

 “I am extremely honoured and excited as the festival has opened with my film. At the same time, I am nervous because it is being screened in my City, before my people. I am looking forward to listening to their feedback,” B Jayashree quipped before the screening.

The film showcased contemporary South Africa as well as captured the love story between a black AIDS-infected orphan and an Indian woman who comes to his rescue.

A touching performance by B Jayashree overcame obstacles of language and geography. Om Puri who was a classmate of the actress in National School of Drama stayed back to watch the movie along with Arundati Nag and commended Jayashree’s performance.

Dariush Mehrjui, an acclaimed Iranian director was the chief guest of the programme.
He was excited about the way he was welcomed by the audience and said, “This is the first time I am coming to Bangalore. Earlier, wherever I travelled in India, I had only heard Hindi and Bengali. But, here people speak a different language. I am enjoying my every minute in this town and want to demystify the City before I leave.”

Om Puri who recollected his connection with Kannada industry appealed to Bangaloreans to make the best use of the festival.

“This is an excellent opportunity for young and aspiring film-makers to watch and learn the intricacies of film-making. The best films from across the globe that will be screened here may not be available later on.”

Organised by Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy under the aegis of Government of Karnataka, the festival will be on till December 22 and films will be screened at nine screens in venues like Fame Lido, Inox (Bangalore Central, JP Nagar), Rejoiz at Malleswaram, Department of Information on Infantry Road, Badami House at NR Square and Suchitra Film Society in BSK II Stage in the City.

About 180 movies will be screened in 130 foreign films from 40 countries.  This includes 15 Kannada cinema and 30 other Indian movies.

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