Indian Panorama: The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) announced the lineup for the Indian Panorama segment for 2022 on Saturday. During the event, 25 feature films and 20 non-feature films will be screened.
Among the feature films chosen are Mahananda, Three of Us, Dhabari Quruvi, Hadinelentu, Lotus Blooms, Ariyippu, Sher Shivraj, Kida, and Kudhiram Bose. The Kashmir Files, RRR (Roudram Ranam Rudhiram), and Akhanda are among the films that will be shown. According to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, non-feature films include Pataal-Tee, Other Ray: Art of Satyajit Ray, Khajuraho, and Anand Aur Mukti, Vibhajan Ki Vibhishka Unkahi Kahaniyan, Madhyantara, Veetilekku, Yaanam, Little Wings among others.
The Indian Panorama is chosen by an eminent jury of twelve jury members for feature films and six jury members for non-feature films, led by the respective chairpersons. The Indian Panorama was established in 1978 to promote Indian films as well as India’s rich culture and heritage through cinematic art.
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Hadinelentu, a Kannada film directed by Prithvi Kohanur, is the first Indian feature film, while Divya Cowasji’s English film ‘The show must go on’ is the first Indian non-feature film.
In contrast, despite the fact that many good films were released in the Northeast last year, no films from the region were chosen for Indian Panorama 2022. It should be noted that many films, from ‘God on the Balcony’ to ‘Pabung Syam,’ received critical acclaim as well as national and international awards.
Meanwhile, Northeast language films are also largely absent from major OTT platforms. And, while things are shifting gradually and slowly, regional filmmakers see a long road ahead.
There is no shortage of good movies and actors from India’s northeast, but the region is underrepresented in mainstream Indian movies, television, and even advertisements.
Here few Films of the Northeast that deserve places in the Indian Panorama:
Assamese film Boomba Ride‘s director Biswajit Bora shot Boomba Ride shortly after finishing God on the Balcony (2019). The story of a man forced to transport his dead wife’s body on his bicycle because no other mode of transportation is available in that film examined the pathetic state of rural health.
Another Assamese film by Biswajit Bora ‘God on the balcony’ delves into an all-too-common Indian reality: inadequate infrastructure in rural areas, which limits access to timely healthcare. Perhaps the film’s wider acceptance is due to the cataclysmic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has exposed gaps in health care in both wealthy and less fortunate countries.
The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 67th National Film Awards. Eigi Kona got official selections at the Indica Film Utsav 2020, 4th Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards (OIFFA) 2021 and Thrissur International Film Festival 2021.
Eigi Kona got official selections at the Indica Film Utsav 2020, 4th Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards (OIFFA) 2021 and Thrissur International Film Festival 2021.
Khasi film ‘Ïewduh’:
In 2019, ewduh won the prestigious Kim Jiseok Award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival, the Human Spirit Award at the Pune Film Festival, and Best Asian Cinematographer at the Asian Cinematography Awards in Manila.
On the other hand, Khasi movie ewduh was named Best Khasi Film and Best Audiography (Location Sound) at the 67th National Film Awards, which were held on Monday at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
But The 52-minute long Manipuri documentary film on Konthoujam Maikel Meitei, a bomb blast victim, has been selected as part of the prestigious Indian Panorama Official Selection, paving the way for the Manipuri documentary film to be screened at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2022, which will be held from November 20 to 28 in Goa. The Indian Panorama is the IFFI’s flagship event.
Only 20 of the 242 non-feature films that competed for the national selection made the cut. Only two from northeast India made the cut: Saikhom Ratan’s ‘Beyond Blast’ (Manipur) and Kripal Kalita’s ‘Hatibondhu’ (Assam). In the feature film section, 354 feature films competed for selection, but only 25 were chosen.