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“Madipu” to be screened at 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival

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Tulu film “Madipu”, which released earlier this year will be screened at 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival. The Tulu movie is the most critically acclaimed film of the year. It can also be called as Most Critically Acclaimed Tulu film of the year.

The film based on cultural heritage of the coast, directed by Chetan Mundodi had emerged as the ‘best regional film’ in the 64th national film awards announced earlier this year. The film was screened at the 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFF) in the Unsung Incredible India category as well.

Ace music director V Manohar has composed the music. Srikanth has worked as editor for the film. Highlighting the futility of the orthodox traditions practiced in the region of Tulu Nadu, the film focuses on Bhootaradhane, a practice of worshipping and appeasing demigods; Bhoota Kola; and relations between the Hindus and Muslims in the region.

The plot revolves around the trouble with depression the protagonist goes through as he steps out of the said practices that he had previously been observing. The film which made on a shoe-string budget got both National and State Film Awards.

Chethan Mundadi has done a great job as director. Cinematographer Ganesh Hegde beautifully captured the film. The film had Sardar Sathya, Ila Vitla, MK Mata, Dr Seetha Kote, Nagaraja Rao, Chetan Rai Kini, Sujatha Shetty, Hanumanthappa, Jyothi Rai, Baby Shreya and Dayanand Bettapadi in pivotal roles.

The film did not do well in theatres upon release. However after gaining recognition from national award, the film has some hike in collections. However commercially, the film did not do well.

It is sad that Tuluvas did not support this film. Tuluvas are normally called as intelligent people. But this time, they failed in giving this film the deserved respect. The film can be termed as classic. It would be great, if makers approach popular online platforms, to release the film, as it can be gain required fame.

The Kolkata Film Festival which was started in the year 1995, was the culmination of a film society movement that drew its inspiration from the masters of Bengali Cinema – Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen. The KIFF is organized by the Kolkata Chalachitra Utsav Society, with financial and logistic support from the Government of West Bengal.

A total of 93 foreign language films will be showcased through the festival and 50 from India. The films would be screened across 12 venues in the city.