Sole Award Winning Tamil Film at IFFI 2012

As many as nine entries were received from Tollywood to the selection committee for the Indian Panorama section of the 43rd International Film Festival of India ( IFFI 2012).

The Telugu film industry will go unrepresented at the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema at the 43rd International Film Festival of India ( IFFI 2012). In further embarrassment to Tollywood, regional films in Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil have found a place in the Indian Panorama section.

Producer and director P K Manvi, who was part of the Jury said that there were good reasons why Telugu films did not interest the jury. While some of the films had a routine theme, the others either lacked the technical quality to make the grade because films from other languages were simply better in many aspects.

" There should have been more entries of Telugu films.

Some big films like ' Eega' were not even sent to be considered for selection to be screened in the Indian panorama section," Manvi said. Besides the Indian panorama section, the non- feature films category also has no Telugu films.

On the other hand, National award- winning Tamil romantic- comedy drama ‘ Vaagai Sooda Vaa’ is one among the 20 films out of 144 eligible entries. The film, directed by A Sarkunam, is the story of an individual who is driven by an ambition that only education for the underprivileged can take this country to greater levels. Made on a shoestring budget, ‘ Vaagai Sooda Vaa’, features Vimal, Iniya, Bhagyaraj, Ponvannan and National award- winning Thambi Ramaiah in lead roles. The 10- member jury, comprising Tamil director Suresh Krissna, southern filmmakers Katte Ramachandra and Kireedam Unni and many others took 21 days to finalise the selections. The 20 selected films include five Malayalam, three Bengali, two Marathi and one film each in Byari, Bhojpuri, Konkani, Kannada, English, Punjabi and Tamil.

The Assamese film ‘ Baandhon’ has been chosen as the opening feature film in the Indian panorama section no representation  for telugu cinema at IFFI 2012, celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema…