Ten years ago, we began the Habitat Film Festival, to turn the spotlight on the wealth of Pan Indian Cinema, which in addition to being largely overshadowed by Bollywood, had been relegated to an 'also showing 'status at Film Festivals, tripping over themselves to add the 'International' 'Asian' 'European' tag as a feather in their caps.
In the last ten years the face of Indian cinema has seen the most dramatic turnaround.
A brave new breed of young directors, fresh ideas, skilled professionals re-invented the face of Indian cinema adding their weight to the work of existing stalwarts who had stuck to their art.
Today, the presence, appreciation, awards and accolades for Indian films in the international arena is increasingly becoming the norm rather than a novelty.
Bollywood, though as popular (if not more than earlier !) is no longer the sole face of Indian cinema.
Celebrating ten years of The Habitat Film Festival, we bring you gems from the last year that showcase the variety and passion of our contemporary film makers. In our tribute segment, we honour the inimitable and unmatchable tower of talent Kamaal Hasan with a retrospective of some of his hand picked films.
Screenings will be followed by interactions with directors/producers giving cinema lovers an opportunity of a focused interaction and Q & A.
Interaction with multiple award winning veteran actor-director Kamal Haasan on May.9, 5:30pm. Followed by a retrospective of
hand picked, critically acclaimed works of the living legend.
Best of Pan- Indian Cinema
19 National Award winning Films
48 Films in 13 Languages
Award winning Children’s Films in special 11:00am morning shows
All screenings followed by Q&A. Interact with Kalki Koechlin, Shoojit Sircar, Ananth Mahadevan and other director & producers.
Rhythm, Raga And Melody An exhibition in collaboration with National Film Archive of India, Pune. May 8 - 17, at the Convention Centre Foyer
Book Discussion- Delhi 4 Shows by Ziya Us Salam, film and literary critic of The Hindu. Followed by a panel discussion on Single Screen: Are They Delhi's Heritage?? Panelists: Danish Iqbal, theatre and radio veteran, Dipa Chaudhuri, Om Books International editor-in-chief & Ziya Us Salam, film and literary critic. May 14, 7:30pm