Like us, do you also belong to the Royal Club Of Cribbing because you have access to the best of world cinema but not our desi regional films? Current status – Aarrrrgghh. Reason – Aaranya Kaandam has released in Mumbai but without any subtitles. So, here’s something to cheer about. And the best part, Government is doing it. And it’s FREE. So, STFU and go grab a seat soon.
WHAT : Directorate of Film Festivals ia is organizing ‘National Film Festival 2011’ in Delhi. The festival will screen all National Award winning films of 2010. The Awards were announced last month and would be presented soon.
NUMBERS : Out of 161 Feature films and 114 non-feature films that came as entry, 42 films (23 feature & 19 non-feature) have won Rajat Kamal or Swarna Kamal.
FESTIVAL : The opening film in the feature category is Dabangg and Pistulya in the non-feature group.
DATES : The festival will begin from 17th June and will end on 16th July 2011.
PLACE : Films will be screened at Siri Fort Auditorium only on weekends! Entry to this festival is absolutely FREE but seats are available on first come first serve basis. So plan your coming weekends with a toast to Indian Cinema!
Opening Films : At 5:30 pm, 17th June 2011(Friday)
**PISTULYA – Dir: Nagraj Manjule. Marathi, Telugu/ Digital/15min/EST. Best Debut Director & Special Mention Award
DABANGG – Dir: Abhinav Kashyap. Hindi/35mm/127min/EST. Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
DATE : 18.06.2011 / Saturday
**GERM – Dir: Snehal R. Nair. Hindi/35mm/24min/EST. Best Non-feature Film & Best Editing
BETTADA JEEVA – Dir: P. Sheshadri. Kannada/35mm/114min/EST. Best Film on Environment Conservation & Special Mention Award
**SHYAM RAAT SEHER ( A ) – Dir: Arunima Sharma Hindi/35mm/23min. Best Direction & Best Cinematography
HEJJEGALU – Dir: P.R. Ramadas Naidu. Kannada/35mm/103min/EST. Best Children’s Film
**ADVAITHAM – Dir: Pradeep Maadugula. Telugu/Digital/27min. Best Educational Film
PUTTAKKANA HIGHWAY – Dir: B. Suresha. Kannada/35mm/116min/EST. Best Kannada Film
19.06.2011 // Sunday
**NILAMADHABA – Dir: Dilip Patnaik. English/Digital/52min/EST. Best Biographical Film
JETUKA PATOR DARE – Dir: Jadumoni Dutta. Assamese/35mm/90min/EST. Best Assamese Film
AMI AADU – Dir: Somnath Gupta. Bengali/35mm/121min/EST. Best Bengali Film
MONER MANUSH – Dir: Goutam Ghose. Bengali/35mm/158min/EST. Best Film on National Integration & Best Make-up Artist
**BOXING LADIES – Dir: Anusha Nandakumar. Hindi/Digital/26min/EST. Best Film on Sports
CHITRASUTRAM ( A ) – Dir: Vipin Vijay. Malayalam/35mm/104min/EST. Best Audiography ( Sound Design)
**IRON IS HOT – Dir: Biju Toppo & Meghnath Bhattacharjee. English/Digital/35min/EST. Best Environment Film
ADAMINTE MAKAN ABU – Dir: Salim Ahamed. Malayalam/Digital/113min. Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematographer & Best Music Direction (Background score)
**KAL 15 AUGUST DUKAN BAND RAHEGI ( A ) – Dir: Prateek Vats. Hindi/35mm/11min/EST. Best Short Fiction Film
VEETTILEKKULLA VAZHI – Dir: Dr Biju. Malayalam/35mm/95min/EST. Best Malayalam Film
26.06.2011 // Sunday
**THE ZELIANGRONGS – Dir: Ronel Haobam. Manipuri,English/ Digital/52min/. Special Mention Award
I AM KALAM – Dir: Neel Madhab Panda. Hindi/35mm/87min/EST. Best Child Artist
**HEART TO HEART – Dir: Bachaspati Mayum Sunzu. Manipuri, English/Digital/37min/EST. Best Science and Technology Film
**LEAVING HOME – Dir: Jaideep Verma. English/Digital/115min/EST. Best Arts and Culture Film
**EK ROPA DHAN – Dir: Biju Toppo & Meghnath Bhattacharjee. Hindi/Digital/26min/ Best Promotional Film
MEE SINDHUTAI SAPKAL – Dir: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan. Marathi/35mm/105min. Special Jury Award, Best Male Playback Singer, Best Screenplay (Adapted) & Best Dialogues
02.07.2011 // Saturday
CHAMPIONS – Dir: Ramesh More. Marathi/35mm/118min/EST. Best Film on Social Issues & Best Child Artist
MALA AAI VHHAYCHAY – Dir: Samruddhi Porey. Marathi/35mm/115min/EST. Best Marathi Film
BABOO BAND BAAJA – Dir: Rajesh Pinjani. Marathi/35mm/127min/EST. Best Debut Film, Best Actress & Best Child Artist
03.07.2011 // Sunday
MYNAA – Dir: Prabhu Solomon. Tamil/35mm/143min/EST. Best Supporting Actor
AADUKALAM – Dir: Vetrimaran. Tamil/35mm/152min/EST. Best Direction, Best Actor, Best Screenplay(Original), Best Editing, Best Choreography & Special Mention Award
ENTHIRAN – Dir: S. Shankar. Tamil/35mm/165min/EST. Best Production Design & Best Special Effects
NAMMA GRAMAM – Dir: Mohan Sharma. Tamil/35mm/131min/EST. Best Supporting Actress & Best Costume Design
THENMERKKU PARUVAKKATRU – Dir: Seenu Ramasamy. Tamil/35mm/125min/EST. Best Tamil Film, Best Actress & Best Lyrics
MEMORIES IN MARCH – Dir: Sanjoy Nag. English/35mm/104min. Best English Film
**OTTAYAL (One Woman: Alone) – Dir: Shiny Jacob Benjamin. Malayalam/Digital/70min/EST. Special Mention Award
**JOHAR WELCOME TO OUR WORLD – Dir: Nilanjan Bhattacharya. Hindi, English/Digital/58min/EST. Best Narration (Writing)
**A PESTERING JOURNEY – Dir: K.R. Manoj. Malayalam, Punjabi, Hindi, English, Tulu/Digital/66min/EST. Best Investigative Film & Best Audiography
**KABIRA KHADA BAZAAR MEIN – Dir: Shabnam Virmani. Hindi/Digital/94min/EST. Special Jury Award
ISHQIYA ( A ) – Dir: Abhishek Chaubey. Hindi/35mm/116min. Best Female Playback Singer, Best Audiography ( Location Sound recordist & Re-recordist of the final mixed track) & Best Music Director( Songs)
16.07.2011 // Saturday
**UNDERSTANDING TRAFFICKING ( A ) – Dir: Ananya Chakraborti. Bengali, Hindi, English/ Digital/87min/EST. Best Film on Social Issues
**SONGS OF MASHANGVA – Dir: Oinam Doren. Tangkhul, Manipuri, English/ Digital/62min/EST. Best Ethnographic Film
**LOVE IN INDIA ( A ) – Dir: Kaushik Mukherjee. Bengali, English/Digital/90min. Best Film on Family values
DO DOONI CHAR – Dir: Habib Faisal. Hindi/35mm/118min. Best Hindi Film
– ** Non- feature films
– All Non-English and Non- Hindi Films carry English Subtitles.
– Entry is free, on first-come-first-served basis.
– Management has the right to reserve some seats in each show
– Programme subject to Change
– Handbags, helmets, camera’s, eatables etc. are not permitted inside Auditorium
(PS – Can we please have something in Mumbai also?)