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IFFI 52, 04: List of all 24 Indian Panorama films and 20 Documentaries announced

IFFI 52, 04: List of all 24 Indian Panorama films and 20 Documentaries announced

Semkhor, the first ever film to be made in the Dimasa language of North-East India, will be the inaugural feature film while Ved, the Visionary, directed by Rajiv Prakash, will be the inaugural documentary film.

The main objective of the Indian Panorama is to select films and documentaries produced by Indian producers, for which the criteria are excellence in film production, concept and other aesthetics. The best Indian films produced during the preceding year are shown under this section.

The jury members of the film selection committee include eminent film-makers and other dignitaries from the Indian film industry. 

Feature films (story films)

24 films have been selected from 221 contemporary Indian films, which showcase the diverse colours and diversity of the Indian film industry.

The jury of the feature film category comprised 12 members, with S.V. Rajendra Singh ‘Babu' as the chairman. Here are their names:

  1. Rajendra Hegde
  2. Makhonmani Mongsaba
  3. Anupama Vinod
  4. Jayashree Bhattacharya
  5. Gyan Sahay
  6. Prashantu Mohapatra
  7. Hemendra Bhatia
  8. Asim Bose
  9. Pramod Pawar
  10. Manjunath T.S. 
  11. Malay Ray
  12. Parag Chaphekar 

The list of the 24 films selected in Indian Panorama, Feature category, is as follows:

     No.

Name of the film

Language

Director

  1.  

Kaalkokoho

Bengali

Rajdeep Paul and Sharmishtha Maiti

  1.  

Nitantoi Sahaj Saral

Bengali

Satarbees Paul

  1.  

Abhijaan

Bengali

Parambatra Chattopadhyaya

  1.  

Manikbabur Megh

Bengali

Abhinandan Banerjee

  1.  

Sijou

Bodo

Vishal P. Chaliha

  1.  

Semkhor

Dimasa

Amy Barua

  1.  

21st Tiffin

Gujarati

Vijgiri Bawa

  1.  

At Down Toofan Mail

Hindi

Ankit Singh

  1.  

Alpha Beta Gamma

Hindi

Shankar Shrikumar

  1.  

Dollu

Kannada

Sagar Puranik

  1.  

Taledand

Kannada

Pravin Kurupkar

  1.  

Act - 1978

Kannada

Manjunath S. (Mysore)

  1.  

Nili Hakki

Kannada

Ganesh Hegde

  1.  

Niraye Thathakulla Maram

Malayalam

Jayaraj

  1.  

Sunny

Malayalam

Ranjeet Shankar

  1.  

Me Vasantrao

Marathi

Nipun Avinash Dharmadhikari

  1.  

Bittersweet

Marathi

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan

  1.  

Godavari

Marathi

Nikhil Mahajan

  1.  

Funeral

Marathi

Vivek Rajendra Dubey

  1.  

Nivas

Marathi

Mehul Agja

  1.  

Bumba Ride

Mishing

Biswajit Bora

  1.  

Bhagvadjukkam

Sanskrit

Yadu Vijayakrishnan

  1.  

Kuzangal

Tamil

Vinothraj p.s.

  1.  

Natyam

Telugu

Revanth Kumar Korukonda

 

From a look at the selection, it is seen that Marathi (5), Kannada (4) and Bengali (4) films dominate the list. Surprisingly, there are only two films in Hindi, which is the national language of the country, and in which language several hundred films are produced every year, most of them made in Mumbai, which is often referred to as Bollywood.

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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of FilmFestivals.com and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.


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