The opening ceremony of the Indian Panorama section was held yesterday at Inox 2, in a very dignified way. The ceremony was inaugurated by chief guest Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu (Minister of Urban Development, Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation And Information & Broadcasting, Government of India). The festival director C. Senthil Rajan addressed the gathering, “This year too Indian Panorama will showcase some of the most brilliant films in both Feature Films as well as Non-Feature Films section and it was all due to the painstaking efforts of the respective section’s jury and their extremely transparent selection process.”
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu then felicitated all the jury members of the Feature Films & Non-Feature Films with mementos. The cast and crew of the opening film were presented and felicitated. The jury members of the feature films are S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu (Chairperson), Ahathian, Arup Manna, C V Reddy, Girish Mohite, K Puttaswamay, N Krishna Kumar, Rama Vij, Sabyasachi Mohapatra, Sanjay Pawar, Satinder Mohan, Swapan Mullick & Uday Shankar Pani. While the jury members of the non-feature films are Arvind Sinha (Chairperson), Aarti Shrivastava, Abhijeet Majmuder, Gautam Benegal, Madhureeta Anand, Ronel Haobam & Suresh Sharma.
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu felt honoured to be the chief guest for the opening ceremony of Indian Panorama. “I feel happy being selected as a chief guest to inaugurate the most prestigious section of Indian Panorama which is an excellent platform for creative filmmakers to showcase their films. I hereby also take this opportunity to thank all the jury members of both the sections for their round the clock hard work, dedication and commitment.”
The Indian Panorama section presents a selection of 26 feature films & 21 non-feature films which was selected by the eminent jury from a total of 255 features & 199 non-feature entries respectively. Bobo Khuraijam the director of Ima Sabitri, the opening film of the non-feature film section said, “My film embodies the stories enacted on stage & off stage. In fact the film narrates the stories from an intimate distance.”
While G Prabha the director of Ishti (Sanskrit language), said, “I have always been fascinated by Sanskrit language. So in spite of being a South Indian I made this film in Sanskrit language. It throws more light on gender inequality.”
S V Rajendra Singh Babu (Chairperson) of feature film jury put a few suggestions for the Directorate of Film Festivals that they should start individual selection process of films from different zones of East, West, North & South and then give us the main lot of films. The Government of India should also give some incentive, in the form of a small token amount, to inspire young & upcoming filmmakers to make good films in future.”