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The Indian Panorama Film Festival brings to screen the best films from across the country, it has been showcasing award winning films along the years from renowned directors. A chance for Pondicherry cine lovers to view some wonderful movies.

Pondicherry is hosting the Indian Panorama 2015 from October 16-20. The film festival is a unique event of its kind in South India and is being organized by the Department of Information and Publicity, Government of Puducherry, Navadarshan Film Society and Alliance française. Chief Minister N. Rangasamy inaugurated the film festival at Big Cinema (Rukmani Theatre) and gave away the Sri Sankaradass Swamigal Best Film Award to Bramma G. who directed the national award-winning film Kuttram Kadithal.

For the last 32 years, many regional language films have been screened during the festival, thereby showcasing the numerous aspects of cultural unity in diversity. For the last 20 years, the Best Film Award includes a cash prize of Rs. one lakh and a silver memento to the director. Over the years, renowned films directors like Hariharan, Ram, Mani Ratnam, Priyadarshan, Bharathiraja, Cheran and Shyama Prasad have bagged the prestigious award.

Films that will be screened during this year’s festival are: Kuttram Kadithal, Bodhon (Bengali), Munnariyippu (Malayalam), December 1 (Kannada) and Ankhon Dekhi (Hindi).

The films for the Indian Panorama are selected by the Directorate of Film Festivals working under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi. Every year, the selected films are shown in the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India, which is analyzed by National and International film critics and journalists. The selected films are made available to the various film festivals organized in different countries and also to the film festivals organized within India. Some of the selected films are screened for public free of cost in the Indian Panorama, in Pondicherry.

Film Festival Schedule;
Sat 17th – Bodhon (Bengali)
Sun 18th – Munnariyippu (Malayalam)
Mon 19th – December 1 (Kanadam)
Tue 20th – Ankhon Dekhi (Hindi)


Text: Amit Peter
Source: The Hindu.

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