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The 10th Habitat Film Festival

A feast of the Best of Pan Indian Cinema from 8th to 17th May, 2015

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  • Veteran Actor Kamal Haasan to interact with audience along with aretrospective of his films
  • Actress Kalki Koechlin to interact with audience on opening day of the Film Festival
  • 10th Habitat Film Festival to screen 48 films in 13 languages including 19 National Award winning films
  • Award winning Children’s Films in special 11:00 AM morning shows 

New Delhi: India Habitat Centre – Delhi’s premier cultural centre – throws open its doors to cinema lovers of Delhi with its annual Habitat Film Festival from 8th to 17th May, 2015 at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Celebrating its 10th year, the Festival this year has an increased number of screenings and a retrospective and an interaction with the unparalleled master of his craft – Kamal Haasan.

One of the highly anticipated and most loved events of the Habitat cultural calendar, the film festival showcases the Best of Pan-Indian Cinema from the past year, this year it will 48 films in 13 languages. Fresh and innovative storylines, stunning cinematography, veteran actors and directors, rising stars and award winning performances of 2014-2015 are all an integral part of the Festival apart from 19 National Award Winning Films.

The Festival begins on 8th May with Shonali Bose’s highly acclaimed Margarita With A Straw and Teen Kahon (Bengali) directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji. Kamal Hasaan retrospective opens on 9th May with an interaction with the star followed by a screening of Vishwaroopam (Hindi).

Over the next 10 days, Habitat Film Festival will see the screening of several outstanding films including Marana Dandane (Kannada), Bey Yaar (Gujarati),Lajwanti and Gour Hari Dastaan (Hindi), Kuttaram Kadhithal (Tamil), Labour of Loveand Chatushkone (Bengali), Quolf (Kashmiri), Shukha Asuchi (Oriya), Piku (Hindi),Elizabeth Ekadasi & Ek Hazarachi Note (Marathi), Ottal (Malayalam), Qissa, Punjab 1984 and Chaar Sahibzaade (Punjabi), Pallefam (Manipuri), Borhxaranya (Assamese) among a host of other wonderful films from various regions and languages.

Kamal Haasan’s retrospective showcase his amazing multifaceted talent withVishwaroopam, Ek Duje Ke Liye, Sadma, Chachi 420 and Saagar, Hey Ram (Hindi) andVirumandi, Nagayan and Guna (Tamil). Check website www.habitatfilmclub.com for full schedule 

The Habitat Film Festival provides audiences the unique opportunity to not just watch otherwise inaccessible films but also an interaction with directors in a post film Question and Answer session. This year, some of the actors/ directors scheduled to attend are Kalki Koechlin, Shoojit Sircar, Ananth Mahadevan,Pushpendra Singh, Bauddhayan Mukherji, Abhishek Jain, Sohini Dasgupta,Atanu Ghosh, Hiren Bhora, Sajin Baabu and more. 

Ms Vidyun Singh, Programmes Director, India Habitat Centre said “In the 10 years since we began the Habitat Film Festival to provide a dedicated platform to showcase the Best of Pan Indian cinema, Indian cinema has gone places!!!! A brave new breed of directors, skilled professionals, out of the box producers and refreshingly innovative narratives and path breaking  storylines have ensured an increasing and respected space in the International Cinema space where Indian films are garnering critical appreciation and accolades and winning awards. We bring you this year’s frontrunners” 

Apart from film screenings, there will be several other activities like Rhythm, Raga And Melody– an exhibition from 8th – 17th May, at the Convention Centre Foyer in collaboration with the National Film Archive of India, Pune. Ira Bhaskar, Prof. Cinema Studies & Dean, School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU will be in conversation with the legendary actor-director Kamal Haasan on 9th May. Also a book discussionDelhi 4 Shows by Ziya Us Salam, film and literary critic of The Hindu followed by a panel discussion on ‘Single Screen: Are They Delhi’s Heritage?’ with panellists Danish Iqbal, theatre and radio veteran, Dipa Chaudhuri, Om Books International editor-in-chief & Ziya Us Salam.

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