5th Asian Film Festival under the joint ageis of Aashay Film Club, the Indira School of Communication and in association with the Asian Film Foundation, was successfully held in Pune at twin venues, -between 1st – 8th November at City Pride,Multiplex Kothrud, and the National Film Archives theatre.
The concept of the festival being screening of majority of Asian Cinema which has now become the major attraction in the 21st century and even in the Oscars. Asian movies are making ground entries Even when we compare European and Hollywood movies with the Asian Cinema the Asian movies are making a mark for itself due to its realistic scripts and stories.
India, China, Japan and Iran are pioneers in the Asian Cinema Industry which is closely followed by Korea, Israel, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Srilanka
and Taiwan who are also setting a mark of their own stream in the European market. Cultures of these places are being publicized through the screening of these movies in Delhi, Pune and Mumbai.
Senior Film Drama Actor Dr.Mohan Agashe was the convener of this year’s festival. Kirloskar group were the ‘Main Partner’.The co-partner City Pride Kothrud, with Media partners being the Sakal & Maharashtra Herald group of News Papers.
Madhur Bhandarkar, young and talented film maker, inaugurated the festival by lighting the traditional lamp. Noted Film maker Yash Chopra, received the 3rd Zenith Asia award. Well received film of International Film Festival, Poet of the Wastes directed by Mohammad Ahmadi, was the opening film,which was screened to packed houses, whereas, Umesh Kulkarni’s film in Marathi, ‘Valu’ – The Wild Bull was screened on the closing day.
Highlight of the festival being, the screeing of exclusive films from Japan, China, Israel, Iran, Taiwan, Thailand, Srilanka, ,Korea, Bhutan, Phillipines, Kyrgystan
As of Indian films, a mix of regional films …Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam, Assamese and other language films were screened.
The festival saw separate section on Chinese films, where seven films made during the last seven years from China, were screened.
Tribute to Master, section, saw films of World known Japanese master Akira Kurosava.
Off Beat Hindi Cinema: A section is devoted to some of the off- beat films of last year from Bollywood were screened.
Mai Marathi: In this section last year’s best seven Marathi films were screened. Some of the films were premiered in presence of their
Director and Crew.
Best of Asia: This section saw a combination of films from Asia which were discussed in the last five years.
Retro of recent Hindi Film Director Nageskh
Kukonoor, whereby his four films were screened.
The recepient of this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke award,Director Shyam Benegal’s films were sreened.
Liv Interactions with Director and Artist made the festival more eventful and lively.
Debut Film: A special section devoted to screening Debut film of a director from different Asian Countries was also the highlight of the 5thAsian film festival.