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 second and last day, Oadh (Inclination) will be the 7th film to be screened. This Hindi short film is scripted and directed by Dhiraj Meshram. Nandu, a boy of ten, has spent the entire day in flying kites. In the process he does not complete his homework, and is reluctant to go to school the next morning.
Despite his feigning illness, his father insists on his going to school. He then falsely accuses his teacher of beating children, citing this as one of the reasons for not going to school. His father gives a complaint letter against the teacher (to be given to the headmaster).
Caught in a trap of his own making, Nandu's tries to defend his lie, and to prove that the teacher indeed beats up children. By the end of the day in school, he does manage to justify the letter - only, too late.
The film was selected for the 24th Munich International Festival of Film School, 2004, screened in the Indian Panaroma section of the 35th International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2004, and was selected in 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.