” I am living my dream everyday by being an actor,” said Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor while speaking to The Peacock’s favourite film critic Sachin Chatte during the opening of the Bioscope Village in Campal. A huge audience packed in, everyone drawn by the star power of celebrities around, like Subhash Ghai and Padmini Kolhapure. Bioscope Village is an IFFI (International Film Festival of India) Next Gen side bar programme initiated by Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), which is aimed at involving greater participation from the local Goan audience. Kapoor was brought up in a family of actors, the daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor (Padmini Kolhapure is her aunt). She said, “As a child I was very curious about the changing look of my father. He used to come home with a moustache which was not present in the morning. I was fascinated with it.”
Later, she rejected a role as a child as she thought it was wrong for her age. “I was just 15 years old that time. I was too young for that role and would not have looked good for that role,” she said. Even when her career began, “I did give many auditions. I was also replaced in a film. It is often believed that star kids don’t have to struggle, which is not true,” she said.
Kapoor achieved success with Aashiqui 2 (2013).This movie was shot in Goa, so she has fond memories of this place.Her most prestigious upcoming role is a biopic based on the ace badminton player, Saina Nehwal, which has her spending days practicing hard at the sport. At IFFI 2017, she was presented with the Gen Next Award by filmmaker Subhash Ghai.
Ghai appreciated the inflated theatres set up at Bioscope Village. He said that it reminds him of earlier days where there was a concept of touring talkies where movies were shown in tents in villages and small towns. He said these inflated theatres are a great evolution. Veteran actress Padmini Kolhapure who was also present at the event greeted the audience in Marathi and elaborated that she shares a bond with Goa as her grandmother was from Mangeshi
village. Speaking about IFFI she said it is only getting bigger and better with each year.
IFFI 2017 Bioscope Village consists of four inflated theatres, where various Marathi and Hindi films will be screened till November 27.
All theatres have 5.1 sound systems and a seating capacity of 150 seats each. Children’s films will be screened on weekends on November 25 and November 26.
It is open to all, but the general public will have to pay a nominal fee of Rs.50 to enjoy all the movies and various activities.
– Arti Das