The International Film festival of India in its 50th edition will pay tributes to 13 playwrights, authors, directors, singer and cinematographers who have contributed to the making of the Indian Film industry. Films credited to Biju Phukan, Mohan Rangachari, Girish Karnad, Kader Khan, Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, M J Radhakrishnan, Mrinal Sen, Munin Barua, Raj Kumar Barjatya, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Veeru devgan, Vidya Sinha, Vijay Mullay will be screened at the Homage section.
Agnisaan ( 1985)
The film is in honour of Biju Phukan from Assam who had appeared in more than 80 films. Dr Bezbarua that was released in 1970 was his first film. However, his first lead role was in Baruar Songshar. Aranya in which he played the part of a protagonist established him as an actor.
Arunachalam (1997) IFFI has included this film from Tamil to honour Mohan Rangachari who is popularly known as crazy Mohan. He is a playwright, dialogue writer, director and an actor. He has to his credit about 30 films, 100 short stories and more than 40 films. It was K Balachander’s Poikkal Kuthraki in 1983 that established him as a dialogue writer. Apporva Sahodarangal, Sathi leelavathi, Avvai Shanmughi, Michel madana Kamarajan, Thenali, Indian, Vasool Raja MBBS are some of his famous films.
A film for honouring Giruish Karnad. He is the recipient of Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Jnapith. Yayathi, Tuglaq, Hayavadana, Nagamandala are some of his best plays. Samskara, vamsha Vriksha, Ondanondu Kaaladalli, Tabbaliyu Neende Magane, Utsav, Life Gopes on , Iqbal and 24 are some of his films.
This film is being screened to honour Kader Khan. He was an actor, script writer and comedian. Khader Khan wrote dialogue for over 250 films and acted in over 300 films in Hindi and Urdu.
Umraojaan to honour Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi
Popularly known as Khayyam, Mohammed Zahur was a music director. Umrao Jaan, Razia Sulthan, Kabhi Kabhie and Trisul are some of the films that have established him as a music compose. Entering the filmdom through Sharmaji in 1948, he established himself as a great composer. He has won many awards including the National Film Award for best Music composer, sangeetha Nataka Akademi award for creative music and also was given Padma Bhushan.
The IFFI will screen this film for honouring M J Radhakrishnan. A cinematographer, he has created a name in Malayalam film industry. He won the Camera d’ Or for Marana Simhasanam at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. He won the National Award for best cinematography in 2019 for Olu. He has also won Kerala State Award for cinematography several times. He has to his credit more than 75 films.
The film is screened to honour renowned film maker Mrinal Sen. A film maker of the new wave cinema in India, he has won national Award as many as 18 times. He has also won the Padma Bhushan and also the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Dinabandhoo to honour Munin Barua
A film director from Assam, his Hiya Diya Niya was a blockbuster in Assam that changed the face of Assam Film industry. He ventured into the film world as a script writer. He has written scripts to as many as 21 films. Oratinma, Bowari, Sewali, Sonmoina, Bidhata, Rong are some of the films for which he has written the script.
Nadiya Ke Paar; a film to honour Raj Kumar Barjatya
Raj kumar was famous producer whose films have been superhits. Maine Pyar kiya and Hum Apke hain kon are some of his superhit films.
The film is screened for honouring actress and singer Ruma Guha Thakurta. She is associated with Bengali and Hindi films. She has to her credit more than 60 films and has acted in films of veterans such as Satyajith ray, Tarun Majumdar, Tapan Sinha, Aparna Sen and Mira Nair.
Agent Vinodh to honour Late Veeru Devgan
A stuntman, actor, choreographer and film director, he has created his own world in Indian films,.
Rajnigandha to honour Vidya Sinha
A Hindi film actress, Vidya Sinha is known for his films such as Pati patni Aur Ekta, , Raja Kaka and Rajnigandha. She had acted in as many as30 films
The Tidal Bore and Ek Anek Aur Ekta
A film screened to give tributes to documentary film maker Vijaya Mullay. Apart from documentary maker, she is a well known historian and educationist. Tidal Bore was her first documentary and was India’s official entry to the Manheim Film festival. Ek Anek Aur Ekta had won her the national award for best educational film.