Indian Film Festival Told to Ban Bollywood

Rajnikanth Indian FIlm Festival

Goa sprocket opera seeks Tamil star Rajnikanth to open festivities

The Intl. Film Festival of India takes place annually at Bollywood’s doorstep. But that doesn’t mean the song-and-dance cinema of Mumbai is welcome this year at the sprocket opera in Goa.

The Entertainment Society of Goa, one of two agencies that organize the festival, has put out word that too many Bollywood film premieres and stars  detract from the serious films IFFI is to unspool.

“We have made DFF (Directorate of Film Festivals) officials realize that IFFI is becoming too Bollywood centric,” said Entertainment Society of Goa chairman Vishnu Wagh. “Too many Bollywood premieres were being hosted and the stars arriving would put everything out of gear. What will be different about the festival this year is that there will not be a single Bollywood film premiere at IFFI.”

The fest, which runs Nov. 20-30, has received more than 400 entries for the fiction and non-fiction sections of Indian Panorama from which 25 films will be chosen, Wagh told the Times of India.

“Until last year, we would receive between 150 to 200 entries. Delegates can expect the best of Indian regional cinema. The selection is turning out to be very grueling,” he said.

However, that doesn’t mean all popular Indian stars are banned. The organizers are trying to get Tamil superstar Rajnikanth as the guest to open the festival.  Last year Bollywood star Akshay Kumar opened the festival, which kicked off with “Life of Pi” and closed with “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.”

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  1. Mit K says:

    Looks like film festival is dominated by Anti-Hindi lobby. It is ridiculous to say that film festival gets by Bollywood stars but it has no problem inviting southern Stars. How can a film festival represent Indian films when they keep out Bollywood which makes maximum films in world. South Indian films have done pioneering work in bringing too much vulgarity in films. i don’t mean to say that regional film makers do not make good films, but so do many Hindi film makers. We Indians can never see ourselves as Indians first. Our regional sub nationalism is stronger than Indian nationalism. Do we have some thing called “Indian Culture” ? We have Tamil, Gujrati, Punjabi, Bengali,Telgu, Malyalam,cultures. Hindi and Hindi speaking people who are in majority are the ones who come from Bimaru states are poor and uncultured , still want to dominate their language on others. Living in USA, I feel very awkward that we Indians can not use any Indian language to communicate among ourselves. All community programs are conducted in English, even if most people from older generation can hardly speak good English. Even our leaders in India always try to speak in English but they are not able to speak fluently even on special and ceremonial occasion and it includes our cambridge educated Prime Minister.

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