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Masters of Indian cinema meet fresh talent at DIFF 2009

Mon Nov 16,2009

Trend-setting master-filmmakers join a league of fresh talent at the Indian cinema showcase of DIFF 2009. The selection is also representative of the cultural plurality of the country while offering perspectives on both urban and rural India.

Dorothee Wenner, Consultant - Subcontinent programme of DIFF, said the Indian selection is a celebration of the creative strides made by the country’s filmmakers. “While the Hindi film industry already enjoys universal appeal, Indian cinema also has a rich legacy of spell-binding films made in regional languages. Our line-up includes films by veteran film-makers as well as relative newcomers, to highlight the diversity of the country’s cinema.”

Kutty Srank (Sailor of Hearts), directed by veteran cinematographer-director Shaji N. Karun and starring Indian national award-winning actor Mammootty and Padmapriya, is about a boat navigator’s dead body which is washed ashore and claimed by his three wives – each unaware of the others. Through three conflicting accounts of Srank’s life and personality, a strange, compelling and contradictory character emerges, which reflects as much about the aspirations and emotions of the three women as Srank himself.

Critically acclaimed director Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Janala (The Window) features 30-year-old writer, Bimal, who recklessly decides to make an extravagant gesture on a visit to his former school. Noticing a gaping space where an ornate window existed, Bimal decides to do whatever it takes to get the window fixed, to disastrous personal consequences. The film stars Tapas Paul, Swastika Mukherjee and Indraneil Sengupta.

World premiere Aval Peyar Tamilarasi (Her Name is Tamilarasi) marks the debut of director Meera Kathiravan, and is the story of one man’s search for his lost love. This film, starring Jai and Nandagi, is about a decision taken by the hero in the spur of the moment, the consequences on his life and how he goes about resurrecting the life, which he has lost due to that split-second decision.

Rettaichuli by director Thamarai, a world premiere,  is the story of one village and three families of which two are involved in a mutli-generational war. They use toys, tricks and politics to fight each other, only to discover that love is the strongest of all weapons. The film features two of Tamil cinema’s legendary directors, K Balachander and Bharathiraja, in lead roles.

Now in its sixth year, DIFF 2009 is held in association with Dubai Studio City and will be held from December 9 to 16.  Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah are the principal sponsors of DIFF and the event is supported by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).

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