MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The children cheered and hollered ‘shaktiman’ as Mukesh Khanna, Chairperson, CFSI as was called upon the stage. “Children love to watch films especially made for them,” he said in his welcome address. He wishes for a time when “children’s day will become children’s week.”
“My children’s day couldn’t have been better” said the noted actor Yami Gautam. She recalled a childhood memory of her first recital competition. “I froze when when I got onto the stage and ran away” she said. She lauded the little directors for displaying confidence of great leaders.
Actor-Director Satish Kaushik said that Mr. India is of the best children’s films made and that he is glad to be remembered as ‘Calendar’ even today. He narrated dialogs from some of his famous films and gave the audience a hearty laugh.
“Children are precious. They are our treasure.” said Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor. Munni, the child actor in Bajrangi Bhaijan who has won the hearts of audience all over India, performed a song on stage and dedicated it to Shraddha Kapoor. The actress reciprocated the love by performing the same song in her voice.
“Cinema should be used as a tool for education,” said the cinematography Minister T Srinivas Yadav. He said it is an admirable achievement that children from thirty districts of Telangana participated in the workshops conducted by CFSI.
The week long film gala, which invited mind boggling 1,402 film entries this year from 109 countries, presented the Golden Elephant awards to the best films in different categories at the closing ceremony. Iranian film, ‘Houra’, on acute drinking water shortage in Iran, won the Best Feature Film Award in the Asian Panorama category, the Best Short Film Awards in the same category was awarded to ‘Stamp Album’, a story that celebrates friendship.
For the vote of thanks, Dr. Shravan Kumar, CEO, CFSI and Festival Director, ICFFI, recited a poem named ‘Mera Naya Bachpan’ (My new childhood). “I always revisit my childhood through this film festival” he said. He concluded that there is still a long journey ahead and greater heights to achieve. He then declared the week-long festival to be closed, with a promise to return with a bigger festival with more exciting movies.
‘Chalo Chalenge Mele Mein’, a song sung by children was played during the award ceremony. The 20th edition of International Children Film Festival India was indeed like a ‘mela’ and the children had a joyful ride. The children have experienced the magic of cinema and the magic will forever remain with them in the form of stories that will find their way into their hearts.
- 14yr old flute maestro Suleiman performed flute coves of classics of AR Rahman (Dil se, Guru, etc.) and recreated the magic of Mani Ratnam-AR Rahman combination on stage.
- Vivek Pandey, India’s only light painting artist, performed a show on the theme of imagination as the beginning of creation. He paid tribute to filmmakers and producers who created timeless stories.
- Dance troupe ‘Twist and Turn’ put of a spectacular dance performance. It was a celebration of various dance forms of the country.
- The film ‘Kacharapur’ made by little directors Amit and Abhishek was screened towards the end. It won the applause of children and adults alike.