Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 to screen Bollywood classics Pyaasa and Garam Hava

The film fest that opens with Life of Crime will celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema

Movie buffs at the 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), which begins on October 24, will be able to enjoy like Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa and Duvidha from Indian cinema which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. ‘Celebrating Indian Cinema’ is a select programme of some of the most admired films produced in a century of the US$2 billion industry,” read a statement on the ADFF official website.

Pyaasa, which also featured in TIME Magazine’s 2005 list of All Time 100 Best Movies, will be screened at the gala. The movie narrates the story of a poet struggling to be recognised in post-Independence India.

Ritwik Ghatak’s 1965 Bengali film Subarnarekha will be showcased as part of the programme while Duvidha, helmed by Ghatak’s student Mani Kaul in 1973, will also be shown to the audience at the international extravaganza that concludes November 2.

The festival programme includes Garam Hava, a 1974 movie which was also the Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film category. It was directed by MS Sathyu. The film, about the plight of a Muslim family in post-Partition India, is credited with being a pioneer of a new wave of Hindi art cinema.

Jahnu Barua’s Assamese film Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai, about a hardworking rice farmer’s life, is also a part of the special programme. A total of nine Indian films will find screen space at the fest.

The line up includes Punjabi movie Qissa which is set in post-colonial India in 1947 and narrates the story of a Sikh who is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing. Starring Irrfan Khan, it will have its Middle East premiere.

There will also be Marathi film Fandry by Nagraj Manjule. The film zooms in on a story on India’s caste system.

Bengali filmmaker Aparna Sen’s Goynar Baksho, starring her daughter Konkona Sen Sharma, will have its Gulf premiere at ADFF, which will also screen Richie Mehta’s Siddharth about a poor Delhi street merchant desperately searching for his missing young son.

As many as 166 films will be showcased at the seventh edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) which will have Jennifer Aniston-starrer Life of Crime as its opening movie. The fest will also include a section to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, it was announced. Life of Crime, directed by Daniel Schechter, will open the fest on October 24.

The complete line-up includes 92 features, 25 Arab and international shorts and 49 short films from the Emirates and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The movies have been brought from 51 countries and the fest will host 13 world premieres and nine international premieres.

There will be an extensive sidebar program which includes celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, first films by select Arab filmmakers, restored classics and recipients of this year’s Black Pearl Career Achievement Award. The Arab films being screened this year at ADFF comprise mostly titles by young filmmakers.

The festival includes six competition categories – Narrative, Documentary, New Horizons, Our World, Short and Emirates Film Competitions, along with the non-competitive section, Showcase. Filmmakers participating in the competitions compete for the Black Pearl Awards.

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