Books have always enthused Indian Cinema in a big way. To celebrate the centenary year of Indian Cinema at Delhi Book Fair, ITPO brings them together by screening works of some famous authors whose works have inspired the making of celluloid masterpieces over the last 100 years, in a special screening regional language from September 1 to 9, 2012 at Shakuntalam Convention Centre.
The festival will feature works of eminent Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, writer apart from contemporary Indian English writers.
The festival begins with a 1937 Hindi film Duniya Na Mane directed by the V. Shantaram based on the Marathi Novel “Na Patnari Goshta” by Narayan Hari Apte who also wrote the film Screen Play. The film was a critical and commercial success and was also shown at the Venice International Film Festival. The film’s lead actress Shanta Apte also sang a full fledged English song in the film “Psalm to Life” written by H.W. Longfellow.
Umbartha based on a Marathi novel “Beghar” by Shanta Nisal, produced by D.V. Rao and co-produced by the Marathi Director Dr. Jabbar Patel, is a 1982 Marathi film that depicts the story of a woman’s dream to step outside the four walls of her home and bring about change in the society. Smita Patil played the lead role in the film for which she won the Marathi Rajya Chitrapath Puraskar for best actress.
September 2nd and 8th will feature Bengali films Meghe Dhaka Tara and Parineeta respectively. Meghe Dhaka Tara Based on the novel by Shaktipada Rajguru, Meghe Dhaka Tara, a 1960 film written and directed by Ritwik Ghatak stars Supriya Choudhury and Anil Chatterjee in the lead roles. The film revolves around Neeta, a beautiful young girl who lives with her family, refugees from East Pakistan, in the suburbs of Calcutta. It was part of Ghatak’s trilogy, the other two being Komal Gandhar (1961) and Subarnarekha (1962) all dealing with the theme of partition and the efforts of refugees to cope with it.
Five times screen adaption of Parineeta a 1914 Bengali novella, by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay screened at the festival will be 2005 version directed Pradeep Sarkar and features Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles. Parineeta bagged the Film Fair Awards among several prominent awards with the Director going on to win the National Award for best first film. Parnieeta was showcased at prominent international film festivals.
September 3rd will feature ever popular Guide is a 1965 Hindi film starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. It was directed by Vijay Anand. It is based on the critically acclaimed Novel The Guide by R.K. Narayanan. It was screened at Cannes Film Festival 2007, 42 years after its release. The Time Magazine listed it at No.5 on its list of best Bollywood Classics.
The works of contemporary Indian author Vikas Swarup’s novel Q & A which is the base of Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 film will be screened on September 7. The film tells the story of Jamal Malik, a young man from the Juhu slums who appears on the Kaun Banega Crorepati and exceeds all expectations and thereby arousing the suspicions of law enforecement and officials It won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director etc. It won seven BAFTA Awards including Best Picture, Best Director etc, five Critics Choice Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards.
Entry to the film show will be free and on first come first served basis.
Yet another popular film 3 Idiots is a 2009 Hindi film directed by Raj Kumar Hirani loosely adopted from the novel Five Point Some One by Chetan Bhagat on September 9. It got the best popular film among other national film awards. It got the Film Fair Award for 2010 for Best film, Best Director, Best Story apart from other awards.
Samskara is a 1970 film in Kannada based on a novel of the same name by the Jnanpith Award Winner U.R. Ananthmurthy. It was directed by Pattabhi Rama Reddy. The film is path breaking and pioneered the parallel cinema in Kanadda.
It deals with the issue of a Brahmin who dies but who had rejected the rules of Brahamanism by eating meat and by keeping bad company film screened on September 4 and Vidheyan is a 1993 Malyalam film directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It is an adaptation of the novel Bhaskara Pattelarum Ente Jeevithavum written by Paul Zacharia will be screened on September 6, 2012