Biffes begins sans Kannada cinema's young brigade

Celluloid carnival

Absence of Kannada cinema’s young brigade marked the inauguration of the fifth edition of the Bangalore International Film Festival (Biffes) on Thursday, while some of the big names from yesteryears made their presence more than felt.

The film festival, which the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy and the Film Chamber take immense pride in, saw none of the young actors or directors present. There was also no representation from Kannada cinema’s first family - the Rajkumars.

Veteran actors Umesh, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Jayamala, Hema Choudhry, other senior actors V Ravichandran, Sudharani, Tara among the others, were present at the venue, participating fully in the event. Girish Kasaravalli and some other senior directors were also present.

Senior Japanese filmmaker Masahiro Kobayashi, who was the main guest, said: “...It is important that there are a lot of energetic, young volunteers to make a festival like this a success.” There were young volunteers, hired from professional agencies present all over the venue, but almost no young representation from the torch- bearer of the event.

Barring this void, which was acknowledged even by some in the audience, Biffes got off to a colourful start with Kuvempu’s ‘Tanuvu ninnade manavu ninnade’ playing live on the saxophone.

“Biffes is devoted to building a festival for the people, providing the audience with excellent works of different genres and styles,” festival director and actress Tharanooradha said.

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