Film lovers of town are in for a treat as the Hyderabad Film Club, in association with the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, is holding the Lensight Film Festival (Diploma Films) on 14th and 15th April, at the Prasad Labs Preview Theatre. 16 short films shot by the students of the 2004-05 batch will be screened.
Today, the 1st day, Dwijaa (The Twice Born) will be the 3rd film to be screened. A short Hindi film, it is directed and scripted by Pankaj Purandare. Set in 1930, the film is about young Mathura, a child widow who is brought back to her maternal home. It is the story of her coming to terms with the changed reality, and her trying to find her own voice in the face of uncertainty.
Dwijaa is loosely adapted from Magey Valoon (Looking Back), an autobiography of Dr. Mathutai Athalye. This short fiction film presents the distress of a child widow and her graduation over reality with subtle and sensitive cinematic treatment.
The award for the Best Film on Social Issues for the year 2004 is given to Dwijaa. This film was selected in the International Student Film Festival - 2005, which was organised by The New York Film School. It was also selected for the 2nd Kalpanirzar International Short Fiction Film Festival 2004, Kolkota.
Lensight is the name of the journal published by FTII. The festival has been held in Delhi and Mumbai before this. A diploma film is a final year project that brings together students of all the disciplines and calls upon them to put their best foot forward in terms of demonstrating the learning they have acquired.
Diploma films celebrate the spirit of cinema. These films, many of which have been acclaimed as being amongst the finest works in the medium, reflect the composite learning acquired by the students at the institute, as also their professional potential. These films, in a way, are points of departure for discourse amongst the next generation of film professionals.
FTTI is based in Pune and boasts of some renowned personalities of cine world as its alumni, like Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Subhash Ghai, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Saeed Mirza, Vinod Chopra, Kundan Shan, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Anil Mehta and David Dhawan amongst others. From our state, in addition to Devadas Kanakala, Suresh Oberoi and Talluri Rameshwari, there are G Krishna Rao who has edited a number of films directed by K Vishwanath, and K Ramachandra Rao who has been the professor of editing at the FTII since 1960.
The DVDs of these films are available at the venue for sale on the 15th of April. The entry for all the films is free. For further details, please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243.