At a time when it is difficult for lovers of good cinema to get access to films of their choice, a retrospective of some
National Film Award-winning Kannada filmmaker Kasaravalli
choice films of National Film Award-winning Kannada filmmaker Girish Kasaravali is being shown at the eighth session of the Online Film Festival.
The Festival has been by the Federation of Film Societies of India in wings in North (New Delhi) – East (Kolkata) – West (Mumbai) – and South (Hyderabad) and Kerala (Thiruvanthapuram) regions and supported by Celluloid Chapter and Kalamandir Jamshedpur from 27 July to 2 August.
Viewers will not need any registration or password and can view the films any time of day on the link provided with each film. All the films are subtitled in English.
Girish told taazakhabarnews.com in a telephonic interview that though he would have loved to show the films on the large screen, he is happy that the FFSI has chosen his films during the pandemic to entertain lovers of good cinema.
A highlight of the retrospective is an interview of the filmmaker on 31 July at 5 pm
Thaayi Saheba, Kannada, 1997, 118 min By- Girish Kasaravalli
Riding a Stallion of a Dream, Kannada, 2010, 104 min. By- Girish Kasaravalli
And a Short Fiction of the Week
An Irrelevant Dialogue, Bengali, Short Fiction, 2019, 32min by- Moinak Guho (Courtesy: Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata)
Bowing to demands of film buffs who want to see extraordinary films, more films in different languages have been added to the Eighth Online Film Festival organized by the Federation of Film Societies of India.
Like the retrospective of films of award-winning Kannada filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli, these can also be seen without any payment, though some carry a password.
These films are in Hindi, Assamese, English, Malayalam and Marathi.
Phir Ek Subah (A New Day Dawns) – (Hindi)
video link: https://vimeo.com/244160080
Agar Wo Desh Banati (If She Built a Country) – (Hindi)
BB Nagpal is a reputed Journalist, Visiting Professor (Media, PR and Cinema Studies), Film Critic for the past 51 years. He retired as Chief of Bureau of United News of India (UNI) after more than 36 years of service in November 2005 and was founder Chief Editor of the Lok Sabha TV channel.
8 ft 1 tall Sultan Kösen from Turkey is a rare specimen – the tallest over 8 ft tall man alive on planet Earth today according to the Guinness World Records.
Sultan currently also holds the record for largest hands 28.5 cm (11.22 in) from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger and the second largest feet – his left foot measuring 36.5 cm (1 ft 2 in) and right foot measuring 35.5 cm (1 ft 1.98 in).
Guinness World Records has come across only about ten people above 8 ft over the past 20 years but Sultan is the only such person alive today.
Born on 10 December 1982, Sultan was like an average child till the age of 10, even the other members of his family, including his parents and four siblings were ‘normal’ in terms of size.
But suddenly Sultan started growing uncontrollably fast due to a condition called “pituitary gigantism” which accounts for over-production of growth hormone and its spread from the pituitary gland in the brain. This invariably leads to large hands, thickening of the bones and painful joints. Due to his extreme size, Sultan had to face many ups and downs in life. Because of his gigantic height Sultan couldn’t finish school, could never find fitting clothes or shoes and found it extremely hard to fit into a regular-size car.
On the other hand because of his height he was found to be good at changing bulbs or hanging curtains.
Sultan Kösen today is recognized everywhere around the globe because of his extraordinary height and invited to star in a number of Hollywood movies.