The Golden Jubilee of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI began in Goa this week. With the first day of screening yesterday.
IFFI aims to cherish India’s rich cinematic heritage and share it with new audiences. Introducing to them the glories of the past, the Restored Classics Section aims to showcase great films made by Indian filmmakers.
Two pioneering movies have been restored by the Martin Scorsese Film Foundation.
One is by world-renowned dancer Uday Shankar, Kalpana. The film about dance was screened yesterday at Porvorim in Goa. The story revolves around a young dancer’s dream of setting up a dance academy, a reflection of Shankar’s own. He founded an academy at Almora where he invented his unique dance form.
Shot as a dance ballet and fantasy, Kalpana was the first film to present an Indian classical dancer in the lead. The film also uses dance and lyrical storytelling to present social commentary on themes like worker exploitation and the state of education in India. The 1948 film is still quite relevant today
The other film is by one of the most talented Bengali directors, Ritwik Ghatak. His Titas Ekti Nadir Naam will also seek to delight audiences this festival season.