PIFF kicks off
The seventh Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) got off to a magnificent start at the Ganesh Kala Krida Rangmanch on January 8. Several stars and politicians were present at the inauguration. Srinivas Joshi paid tribute to his father Pandit Bhimsen Joshi accepting the Pandit’s felicitaton by chief guest Anand Sharma,minister of state for external affairs. Amidst humourous words by politicians and actors the speech in Hindi by deputy chief minister of Maharashtra,Chhagan Bhujbal, had the audience applauding.
The crowd went nostalgic when a special screening of a short film on Pandit Bhimsen Joshi was held. The event also had eminent personalities including Jabbar Patel,director of PIFF,Randhir Kapoor and actress Tabu.
It was a walk down the memory lane for the audience as well as the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award Sulochana didi,Shashi Kapoor and Hema Malini as clips from their films describing their career and journey were screened. The packed auditorium responded with applauds and standing ovations to their achievements. While Sulochana didi thanked everyone very briefly,Hema Malini described the award as an interval between what she has done and what she would further do. Randhir Kapoor expressed gratitude on Shashi Kapoor’s behalf on receiving the award.
The PIFF signature tune was also screened at the event that followed the screening of the inaugural film at the festival Persepolis. Harshavardhan Patil,minister of culture also stressed on making PIFF the official festival of the state.
Epitome of action
As Jabbar Patel exclaimed how a woman who captivated the nation characterising womanhood in the most immaculate and graceful way lived life recklessly ‘like a tomboy’ till the age of fifteen,she heartily laughed admitting her inability to answer the fact. Besides this contradiction there is much including sheer simplicity and beauty that Sulochana didi exemplifies. She was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pune International Film Festival(PIFF). The actress revived her days onscreen referring to many directors whom she acknowledged for their guidance and inspiration,including Bhalji Pendharkar,Anant Mane and Raja Thakur. “When I moved to Pune from Kolhapur,I had to read Sanskrit diction in order to inculcate the Marathi accent in this city. Then,there was a time when my films were screened across seven theatres in this city. Receiving this honor in the same city makes me extremely happy,” said the actress. Sulochana didi also praised the contemporary Marathi artists and cinema for dealing with various subjects. “On many occasions there was no financial backing but the production never stopped. From technicians to the artists all continued to work,this is dedication. I feel this profession is like any other profession,infact much better and I would definitely like to work further,” added the actress.