Telangana to get a film festival

By: Suresh Kavirayani

The Telangana Cinema Directors’ Association is planning to organise a Telangana film festival in Hyderabad over the month-end.

“Yes, we are planning a festival and will screen films based on the Telangana subject,” says Allani Sridhar, president of the association. He adds that around 25 films were made in Telugu that focused on the region and these would be screened at the festival. “When it comes to Telangana cinema, the name of B. Narsing Rao comes in everybody’s mind.

His film Daasi won five National Film Awards. It is the only Telugu film which has got so many awards at the national level. His other films too won awards and we are going to screen most of his films,” said Sridhar.

Sridhar adds that when it comes to the local culture and tradition, there are many films based on Telangana. “The fest will give a boost to Telangana filmmakers to showcase their talent,” he feels.

Pointing out that Telangana filmmakers like producer Dil Raju and director Paidipalli Vamsi openly participated in the formation day function on June 2, he says, “There are many Telangana directors and producers and I hope they will also come out openly. We are also planning to screen films directed or produced by persons who openly support Telangana.”

Photo: A still from Komaram Bheem movie

Sridhar has directed the award-winning film Komaram Bheem, which was based on the life of a Telangana freedom fighter.

He adds that recently they had announced a short-film context on Telangana movement and its culture. “We got a huge response and we will screen these short films at the film fest.”

The director-producer also says that the several associations that have been formed should unite to fight for the development of Telangana cinema. “We are also planning to ask B. Narasinga Rao to lead us,” adds Sridhar:

Some of the popular Telugu films that focused on Telangana culture and tradition are Maa Bhoomi, Daasi, Rangulakala, Chullara Devullu, Bhadram Koduko, Osey Ramulamma, Poru Telangana, Veera Telangana and Inkennalu

Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

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