THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Putting an end to days of controversy sparked off by the advisory committee recommendations to introduce regulations on those who wish to view films at the forthcoming IFFK here, Minister for Cinema Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that all who have registered will be given delegate pass for the festival.
As the registration for delegate pass ended on Friday, a total of 9812 persons, including students, had applied for pass and it wil be issued for all of them. “The decision was to avoid unhealthy discussions as well as in the backdrop of criticisms and controversies connected with IFFK,’’ the minister said on Saturday.
“There are 5273 seats in the total seven theatres and steps have been initiated to conduct the shows in more theatres so as to increase the number of seats. The open air auditorium at Nishangandhi, which can accommodate 4000 people at a time, will also be utilised,’’ the minister said.
“I am unhappy over the controversies criticising director Adoor Gopalakrishnan who heads the committee. He is a renowned director and has to be respected. I have shared my concern with KPCC president V M Sudheeran and had spoken to Youth Congress president Dean Kuriakkose over the remarks raised by Youth Congress workers against Adoor,’’ he said.