Special children from Deepshikha outside Sujata Cinema in Ranchi on Thursday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
The Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) in India may consider organising another outing in Ranchi, provided the state government takes the initiative.
This was announced by Manju Khanna, deputy director of DFF, in the capital on Thursday when asked about the possibility of DFF’s involvement if the state government holds another film festival.
Chief minister Arjun Munda had spoken of the possibility of more festivals while inaugurating Suhana Safar, the ongoing film festival that the state’s information and public relations department has organised for the first time in association with DFF.
DFF will organise Indian panorama with new Indian films in Goa next winter.
“Some of the Indian panorama films can be included in the next festival if it is held here,” Khanna said. DFF has been involved in holding film festivals to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema and associated itself in such a festival in Ranchi after a similar one in Pondichery, she added.
The Ranchi festival picked up momentum on Day Two, with many schoolchildren attending the screening of Chhutkan ki Mahabharat (2005), a film by Sankalp Meshram that was the first of three such films to be screened in the current fest.
There were also more viewers than Wednesday when other films — V. Shantaram’s Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957), Vijay Anand’s Guide (1965), Rituparno Ghosh’s Chokher Bali (2003), Manoj Punj’s Saheed e-Mohabbat Boota Singh (1999) and local film-maker Vishwanath Virag’s Khortha film Goriya Tor Kiriya — were screened at Sujata Cinema.
Besides, a discussion was arranged on Filmmaking in Jharkhand: scopes and challenges where those associated with filmmaking here participated. Schoolchildren also took part in a painting competition with cinema as its theme. A quiz competition was also arranged for senior students.
The spirit at the open air art camp with 22 artists painting on various aspects of Indian cinema was, however, mellowed as the artists could not continue in the open due to rains that started after lunch.
These helped add an additional dimension to the film festival, Khanna said, adding that these things are normally not found elsewhere.
“We are really glad that a huge number of students, including some differently-abled children from rural schools came for viewing the children’s film today,” said Rajiv Bakshi, additional secretary, state IPRD.