This morning was all about cinematic magic and the ones who believe in it. The Good City crew checked out the Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) at the Orion Mall in Rajajinagar, and lo and behold, there was a sea of cheerful faces awaiting the screening of the first film of this festival.
So who were the film enthusiasts who took the trouble to come so far at such an early hour of the day to see films? They were investment bankers, IT professionals, media persons, writers, chartered accountants, doctors and engineers – all united in their love for cinema.
“I am a movie lover. I try to watch 3-4 films in one day”, said Mohan Kumar, a professor. Most of the people didn’t have any preferences. They were willing to watch as many films as possible throughout the festival. But a few like Nalini.S, a retired banker, said she was mostly interested in Asian and Middle Eastern films primarily because of their meaningful stories and simple execution.
Aleman Sundar Murthy , 76-year-old makeup artist, seemed to be extremely energetic about the festival which he has been religiously attending for the past eight years. “Our life is in films”, he said. He was particularly looking forward to watching Actor, a Kannada film by Dayal Padmanabhan. The film deals with the permanence of art and the transience of the artist and it appealed to him; he could relate to it since he was an artist himself.
Bengaluru, the city which is often referred to as a concrete jungle or the pub capital of India, is in reality filled with people who are passionate about art and culture. Cinema has always been an integral part of our heritage and it continues to be so.
The 9th edition of BIFFES festival began on February 2, with a grand inaugural ceremony which was held at Vidhana Soudha. The opening film of the festival was a French comedy, directed by Mohamed Hamidi called One Man and His Cow.
Starting today till February 9th, it's going to be a feast for every movie buffs in these two consecutive cities. Mysuru is going to host the closing ceremony for the first time this year. The last film of this festival is going to be Heartstone, an award winning short film, by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson.
- Text & Photos by Ankita Sarkar