Mangaluru, Jan 28, 2017: It is widely reported that the annual award winning Kannada film festival organised by the department of information and public relations on Jan 27, Friday got a lukewarm response from movie buffs.
It is however, expected to pick up in the coming days of the week with runaway hits like ’Krishna Leela’ and ’Rangi Tharanga’ also listed for a screening.
Mythri, that was awarded the third best film in the state, was screened at New Chitra Talkies here for the inaugural show. Of the total 430 seats in first class, 50% of the seats were occupied by students from different schools. The films will be screened till February 2 during morning show, beginning at 10 am at the same talkies.
Today Jan 28, Saturday, ’Shivayogi Sri Puttaiahajja’ will be screened followed by ’Thithi’ on January 29, ’Krishna Leela’ on January 30, ’Rangitharanga’ on January 31’, ’Thithi’ on February 1 and ’Mythri’ on February 2.
In his inaugural address, Principal of Government First Grade College, Car Street, Rajashekar Hebbar said, "Films with a social message have become a rarity therefore films that balance entertainment and revival of art should be produced more. This is important as most of the films in the past have proven influential in bringing changes in the society."
He said of late most of the single screen theatres were turning into commercial complexes. Hebbar lauded the initiative of department of information and public relations in organising the fest and providing an opportunity for movie buffs to watch films with messages.
District information officer B A Khader Shah who gave the list of films to be screened said free entry will be provided to enable more people to watch and appreciate movies. Exhibitor of New Chitra Talkies Shankar Pai, who is also the general secretary of Dakshina Kannada Film Theatre Owners’ Association and Francis Louis from the department of information and public relations were also present.