Asian Film Festival Returns After Six Years With It’s Eighth Edition

Movie - Shikleli Bayako
Madhav Shinde's film ‘Shikleli Bayako’.


Organised by Aashay Film Club and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural affairs, Govt. Of Maharashtra, the festival is set to screen more than 50 movies from 15 countries that will be simultaneously shown in the NFAI (National Film Archive of India)-Archive Theatre, Prabhat Road and FTII (Film and Television Institute of India)– Main Theatre.

In collaboration with NFAI, FTII and FFSI (Federation of Film Societies of India) and in association with the Asian Film Foundation, Mumbai, the festival is scheduled to be held from January 24 to January 30th, 2018.

The opening ceremony of the seven-day festival will be inaugurated by National Award winning director – writer Sumitra Bhave. Senior Kannada Director, Girish Kasaravalli will be honoured with the ‘Zenith Asia’ award at the opening ceremony.

“We are delighted to offer our theatre for the screening of more than 20 films at the FTII campus. The festival will also pay homage to various talented alumni of FTII including Kundan Shah, Balu Mahendra, Tom Alter and Om Puri by featuring their movies ‘Jane Bhi Do Yaaro’, ‘Sandhya Raagam’ in the special section,” says Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII.

As part of the festival, Indian director, scriptwriter and producer, Madhur Bhandarkar will be present for a special interaction before the screening of his film ‘Indu Sarkar’ on January 28.

The festival will also pay tribute to the ‘Dadasaheb Phalke’ award winning director             K. Vishwanath by screening his film ‘Shankarabharanam’ and a special ‘Century Tribute’ to Marathi Director Madhav Shinde with the screening of his film ‘Shikleli Bayako’.

Addressing the press, Prakash Magdum, Director, NFAI said, “After a wait of six years, we will be screening more than 50 Asian Films at the festival. Out of these, six of them are from the archives of NFAI. K. Vishwanath’s movie ‘Shankarabharanam’ is being digitised and will be screened at the festival. Also, the family of Marathi director Madhav Shinde will be donating some of his prized possessions from his movies to be archived at NFAI,” he adds.

The festival will screen movies from different countries including Afghanistan, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Iran, Bangladesh, Israel, Myanmar, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Tibet and Philippines. Under the special section, ‘Indian Vista’, most discussed Bengali, Kannada, Assamee, Tamil and Malayalam films will be screened including some off-beat Bollywood movie like ‘Newton’, ‘Phobia’, ‘CRD’ and ‘Kadwi Hawa’.

The ‘My Marathi’ section will have movies like ‘Maza Bhirbhira’, ‘Kshitij’, ‘Asehi Ekda Vhave’, ‘Ti Sadhya Kay Karte’, and ‘Pimpal’.

The closing ceremony of the festival will see Dr Mohan Agashe as the chief guest. Dilip Prabhavalkar, veteran actor will be honoured with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. This year’s National Award-winning movie, ‘Kaasav’ will also be screened at the closing ceremony.


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