On Sunday,director Mangesh Joshi and Iranian Master of Philosophy student Reza Nikbakhat,came together to talk about the film He,which was screened at the 10th Pune International Film Festival on the weekend. Joshi and Reza have co-written the film. A chemical engineer by profession,this is Joshi’s first experiment with a Bhojpuri film. In this film,I have tried to show the problems of outsiders coming to Maharashtra and also what the current situation is in Mumbai, said Joshi.
Another highlight of the the film festival was the screening of a documentary on the life of Vishnupant Damle,one of the founders of Prabhat Theatre in the city. Director of the documentary,Virendra Walsangakar,said,It is an honour that I got a chance to make a film on Damle Sir. There were many dramatic incidents which happened in his life and we have tried our best to showcase them. Another film which attracted audiences at the festival was ‘Jana Gana Mana’ directed by Amit Abhyankar. It is the story of a small village where there is only one teacher for the whole school. Today too there are more than 60,000 schools in the state which have just one teacher, revealed Abhyankar.
An interesting Bollywood film directory – 33 rd Screen World 2012 – was also released during the festival by legendary music director Illaiyaraja. Compiled by Rajendra Ozha,the directory is an unbroken sequel being published over the past 33 years and has information on films and television along with more than 35000 contacts.