Five-day festival to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinemaAround the city — By The Desk on April 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Times of India: A five-day festival to mark 100 years of Indian cinema will begin in the city from Sunday. The event will feature felicitation of artistes, poster and photo exhibition, musical shows, free screening of films, short films and concerts. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan will inaugurate the festival at Vasantrao Bagul Garden at 5.30 pm on April 29.
“Veteran cine stars like Waheeda Rahman, Asha Parekh, Sulochana, Zeenat Aman, Prem Chopra, Asrani, Rati Agnihotri, Parikshit Sahani, Sudha Chandran, Tinu Anand, Shailendra Singh, Viju Khote and Jai Borate will be present to salute the memories of the founder of Indian films, Dadasaheb Phalke. All the cine stars will be brought to the venue in vintage cars,” said corporator Aba Bagul, president of Pune Navratra Mahotsav Trust, organiser of the festival.
On the opening day, a poster and photo exhibition will be opened to public at Bharat Ratna Pt Bhimsen Joshi art gallery in the garden. “The poster exhibition has been put together by the National Film Archive of India (NFAI). A rare photo exhibition of film personalities will also be held on the same day,” Bagul said.
A short film on Dadasaheb Phalke compiled by NFAI will also be screened on the inaugural day. “This film contains some rare shots of the first Indian film Raja Harishchandra,” Bagul said.
Noted playback singer Usha Mangeshkar will perform at a concert based on lyrics of Late Jadish Khebudkar on April 30, which is also the birth anniversary of Dadasaheb Phalke. Two more musical programmes will be held on May 2 and May 3.
Among the next generation of legendary personalities, Madhuri Phalke, daughter-in-law of Dadasaheb Phalke, and Meena Munje, who acted in Dadasaheb Phalke’s movies, will be felicitated.
On all the five days, from April 29 to May 3, five films will be screened at 9 am at Laxminarayan Theatre. Entry is free to all on first come first serve basis.