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Choice films from NFDC



From "Tok Jhal Misti"... a colourful Bengali comedy.

THE NATIONAL Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has got ready a package of choice Indian films to be screened in Chennai from February 17 to 23. Beginning with the academy award-winning director, Istvan Szabo's "Taking Sides," the festival will showcase some of the best directors' work in the Indian parallel cinema.

In "Taking Sides," a powerful drama, an American officer (Harvey Keitel) goes to interrogate the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler (Stellan Skarsgard). The officer suspects that the conductor has a Nazi connection. Both Harvey and Stellan have given a memorable performance in this film that was officially selected to the Toronto International Film Festival, 2001 and last year's Berlin International film festival too. "Tok Jhal Misti" is a colourful Bengali comedy told in the typical Basu Chatterji style. The ripples that a young girl causes in the lives of two families are sure to amuse the viewer. The cast includes Ferrous, Priyanka Trivedi, Arjun Chakraborty, and Ramaprasad Banik.

"Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha" has all ingredients a film needs. It has romance, suspense, beautiful visuals and a gripping story line that will certainly make the viewers sit through. Sonal Sachdeva, Himanshu, Amit Bhel and Anang Desai make up the cast. Music is by Lalit Sen and the screenplay, editing and direction are by Dr. Purnima Prabhu.

"IPC 215" of Charuhasan deals with a small boy, Muthu, the son of a villager. The boy, confined to a reformatory school, learns all the tricks of the criminal trade. He helps people and in the process becomes a detective. He saves the child of a public prosecutor and in the process loses his life. The cast includes Ponvannan, Manivannan and the late Padmapriya's daughter has played an important role. Amol Palekar's ``Kairee" captures the emotions of a ten-year old girl, whose parents are dead. Debutante filmmaker Urmi Chakraborty's "Hemanter Pakshi" is a story about an educated middle-aged housewife, Aditi Majumdar. Her friend Hemenmama encourages her to write to use her leisure. Her work gets published and how does the family take it? The cast comprises Soumitra Chatterjee, Santhu Mukerjee, Tanushree Shankar and Mamata Shankar. The film is cranked by Asim Bose.

"Vasthu Purush," directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, is a period film with a difference. The story revolves round a Brahmin family that is trying to come to terms with the loss of their land to the land ceiling act.



Charuhasan's "IPC 215"... the tale of a boy.

Shyam Bengel's "Samar" starts off with a real incident where a sarpanch ill-treats a dalit worker. It flares up as dharna in front of the commissioner's house.

And a film unit goes to the place to shoot the incident. Interesting parallels emerge. Caste plays a major role. The veteran director is able to fill all the gaps created by the screenplay. Shyam Benegal gives an interesting twist and tells the story with the help of the music and dance forms of Madhya Prudish.

Vinod, a thirteen-year-old boy is the lone survivor of a terrorist attack in the film "Bub" directed by Jyoti Sarup. The Divisional Commissioner of Srinagar Shiban Lal takes the boy to his house. The Government announces Rs. 10 lakhs for the boy's education and an uncle turns up to pick up the boy as well as the money.

He uses Vinod for election purpose and the boy runs back to Shiban Lal, who takes him to the BSF boarding school where he finds happiness.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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