Manipuri feature film `Pallefam` to be screened in 10th Habitat Film Festival

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NEW DELHI May 5 (MIC): Wanglen Khundongbam`™s debut Manipuri feature film `“Pallefam (Destiny) is among the 48 best feature films of Pan-Indian Cinema to be screened in the 10thedition of the Habitat Film Festival to be held at India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road here from May 8 to 17, 2015.

Suraj Kumar Duwarah`™s Rabha film Orong (Strangers In The Mist); Diganda Mazumdar`™s Assamese film Borhxaranya (The Rain Forest); Bobby Sharma Baruah`™s Assamese film Adomya (Indomitable);Wanglen Khundongbam`™s Pallepfam (Destiny); Hiren Borah`™s Assamese film Khobh (Anguish); Moirangthem Maniram`™s Assamese film Xondhikhyon (Transition) are from the north east India to be screened in the festival.

The festival will open on May 8 with Shonali Bose`™s highly acclaimed `Margarita With A Straw`™ and `Teen Kahon`™ (Bengali) directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji.

One of the major highlights of the festival this year is a retrospective and an interaction with the unparalleled master of his craft – Kamal Haasan. Scheduled to open on May 9, the retrospective will begin with an interaction with the National Award winning actor, followed by the screening of Vishwaroopam.

Celebrating its 10th year, the Festival this year will screen several outstanding films including Marana Dandane (Kannada), Bey Yaar(Gujarati), Lajwanti and Gour Hari Dastaan (Hindi), Kuttaram Kadhithal (Tamil), Labour of Love and Chatushkone (Bengali), Quolf (Kashmiri), Shukha Asuchi (Oriya), Piku (Hindi), Elizabeth Ekadasi & Ek Hazarachi Note (Marathi), Ottal (Malayalam), Qissa, Punjab 1984 and Chaar Sahibzaade(Punjabi), Pallefam (Manipuri), Borhxaranya (Assamese) among a host of other wonderful films from various regions and 13 languages.

Fresh and innovative storylines, stunning cinematography, veteran actors and directors, rising stars and award winning performances of 2014-2015 are all an integral part of the festival apart from 19 National Award Winning Films.

Kamal Haasan`™s retrospective will showcase his amazing multifaceted talent with Vishwaroopam, Ek Duje Ke Liye, Sadma, Chachi 420 and Saagar, Hey Ram (Hindi) and Virumandi, Nagayan and Guna (Tamil).

The Habitat Film Festival provides audiences the unique opportunity to not just watch otherwise inaccessible films but also an interaction with directors in a post film Question and Answer session. This year, some of the actors/directors scheduled to attend are Kalki Koechlin, Shoojit Sircar, Ananth Mahadevan, Pushpendra Singh, Bauddhayan Mukherji, Abhishek Jain, Sohini Dasgupta, Atanu Ghosh, Hiren Bhora, Sajin Baabu, Moirangthem Maniram and more.

Apart from film screenings, there will be several other activities like Rhythm, Raga And Melody`”an exhibition throughout the festival at the Convention Centre Foyer in collaboration with the National Film Archive of India, Pune.

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