IFFI Goa pays centenary tributes to Bimal Roy, Devika Rani and L.V. Prasad

IFFI Goa – 2008 pays tributes to Bimal Roy, Devika Rani and L. V. Prasad in a special section of ‘Centenary Tributes’. In total, eight movies are being screened in the Centenary Tributes section.

Retrospective of Bimal Roy opened with his classic ‘Do Bigha Zamin’ on the first day of the festival preceded by ‘Remembering Bimal Roy’, a non-feature film and Indian Panorama entry by his son Joy Bimal Roy. July 11, 2009 will mark the birth centenary of Bimal Roy, the legendary film maker who had ushered a new chapter in Indian cinema in terms of both, a deeply human content and a realistic style of film-making, with films like ‘Udayer Pathey’ and ‘Do Bigha Zamin’ says festival brochure of Indian Panorama. Apart from the above two movies the Retrospective curated by Ratnottama Sengupta includes ‘Bandini’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Gautama the Budha’.

Devika Rani had been a dominant presence on the Indian film scenario in the early years of Indian cinema. She along with her husband Himansu Rai contributed significantly through collaboration on international projects and professionally run Bombay Talkies. In the festival, ‘Karma’ a 1933 classic produced by Himansu Rai and directed by J. L. Freerhunt and casting both Himansu and Devika is being screened as a tribute.

Akkineni Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao popularly known as L. V. Prasad was a Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner with a huge repertoire in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. His ‘Dadi Maa’ and ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’ are being featured as tribute to the doyen.

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