“Other festivals should learn from IFFK,’’ opined Raghu Jagannathan, director of Tamil film ‘500&5’.
He made these comments at the press meet held as part of the 17th IFFK on Wednesday, on the festival’s support to promote new generation films dealing with common life.
Replying to a query on the production of ‘500&5’, Raghu said that he was extremely thankful to the independent filmmaking revolution in India that gave him encouragement to make this film. He mentioned about the high rental cost of a steady camera made them to make a camera of their own of specifications at very low cost.
The film story deals with the journey of a currency note of Rs 500 denomination which passes through the hands of five different characters reflecting their financial crunch, he said.
“My film will only be successful if it reaches the hearts of the viewers and transmits the emotions,” said Kamal K M, director of the film ‘I.D’ in the ‘Competition section’. He added that IFFK was the driving force behind him venturing into direction and the films screened here were his primary exposure to the world of artistic films.
“Even though I have edited a number of films, this is one of the very few films that I would recommend to watch because
of its theme and treatment,” said B Ajith Kumar, the film co-producer and editor. It reflects the true vision about society, he added.
‘’My film is based on my research on the connection between sexuality and spirituality in our tradition,’’ said Amitabh Chakraborty, director of ‘Cosmic Sex.
“This practice is still followed in India by many. The effort and pain I had to face to make a film on this topic of extreme sensitivity and to find actors to enact the roles were huge,” he said.