Such was the overwhelming response on Day 3 of the Jagran Film Festival at Fun Republic, Andheri that the screening of Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistan had to be temporarily stalled. And even after the screening resumed, people sat on the floor on the aisles to watch the film with rapt attention.
At the end of the afternoon, the 250-seater auditorium saw about 330 watching the film after a delay of about half an hour. Appropriately enough, Kakkar’s endeavour follows the story of the kidnapping of an affable Bollywood buff and wannabe actor who is mistaken for an American. He befriends the house guard where he is kept hostage on a common interest ground: cinema.
The morning, however, started with a bang with successful screenings of some cult classics, feature and short films. K Asif’s Mughal-E-Azam took place early to a hall bubbling with connoisseurs as well as other viewers. Following which, there was a series of films from both from the national as well as the international stable.
Justin Owensby’s Chapman was the first English film to be shown under the World Panorama category. Along with the director, the occasion was graced by the film’s actress, Christine Woods. Chapman was followed by Reha Erdem’s Jin. Veteran actor Prem Chopra was present for a short while but made sure he attended the screening of this Turkish film.
The Hebrew film, made by Yariv Horowitz, is about the extraordinary journey of a young soldier. In this 93-minute film, the director shows the chaotic surroundings of the Occupied Territories during the Palestinian struggle for independence. A Greek film, The Daughter, directed by Thanos Anastopoulos, was also shown under the World Panorama category on the third day of the festival.
On the Hindi front, the first film screened under the Indian Showcase (feature in competition) segment was Anurag Basu’s Barfi!. Later, Belli Kiranaa, a Kannada film directed by KK Shivarudraiah was screened as the film’s director as well as the producer (Venkatesh AS) waited for the show to begin.
Yesteryears’ classics screened in the latter part of the day were Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa and Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar. Bimal Roy’s Madhumati was introduced by the late filmmaker’s daughter Rinki Bhattacharya Roy before a housefull crowd. Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar attracted the most number of film students. Sholay proved that it still has the spark. One of the Top 10 films of the festival - Rock the Casbah - was also screened during the latter part of the schedule. As far as the short films are concerned, there were some high-quality national and international short films.
Some of these were Lucia Van Gelderen’s Spanish film Aguamadre, Kissari Salim’s Resonance: 1st Contact, the Lithuanian film Sirdgela and the Turkish film Mod Akousa Adoma Owusu’s Kwaku Ananse, Clement Decaudin’s A Coupe De Couteau Dente and Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome were also showcased in the Country Focus category. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - based on the life of athlete Milkha Singh - managed to strike a chord with the audience.