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Treat for children at film fest

This cinematic journey will indeed be pleasant for the young ones.

Suhana Safar, the first film festival that will be organised by the state government in association with the Directorate of Film Festivals in India to raise a toast to 100 years of Indian cinema, has a treat lined up for children.

Three films for the young ones will be screened at the festival that will be hosted at Ranchi’s Sujata Cinema from September 12 to 15, said M.R. Meena, secretary of the state’s information and public relation department.

The films — Sankalp Mesharam’s Chhutkan ki Mahabharat (2005), A.K. Bir’s Baaja (2002) and Santosh Sivan’s Halo (1996) — will show at 10am on September 13, 14 and 15, respectively, at the main hall of Sujata Cinema.

Apart from these three, the festival will show 20 other films over the four days, the notable among them being Raja Harishchandra (1913) by Dadasaheb Phalke, which will be screened at the opening. Some of the other celluloid highlights are Satyajit Ray’s classic Pather Panchali, Vijay Anand’s Guide, Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand, Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film Kannathil Muthamittal and Rituparno Ghosh’s Chokher Bali .

Meena said they were also trying to fit in three local movies — Goriya Tor Kiriya (Khorta), Sita Nala Re Sagun Supari (Santhali) and Sajna Anari (Nagpuri). “We have plans to include a Bhojpuri film too,” Meena said.

The fest will be inaugurated at Ranchi Club by chief minister Arjun Munda in the presence of Union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay and deputies Sudesh Mahto and Hemant Soren.