From Jai Bhim to RRR: A look at the selections for 53rd International Film Festival of India!

(This article is authored by Alar) 

The Indian Panorama flagship component of The 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has been announced today. A total of 20 non-feature films and 25 feature films, including S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR and Suriya's Jai Bhim, and Hindi film The Kashmir Files, among others have been selected.

The aim of the National Film Development Corporation, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India is to select feature and non-feature films to be screened at the festival. It aims at providing a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of film art. 

The official website reads, "We are happy to inform you that the International Film Festival of India (IFFI, Goa) is celebrating its 53rd edition from 20th November to 28th November 2022."  The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting released a press release on Saturday which reads, "Indian Panorama Announces Official Selection for 53rd IFFI 2022. 25 Feature Films and 20 Non-Feature Films are to be screened during IFFI.‘Hadinelentu’ to be the Opening Indian Feature Film. ‘The Show Must Go On’ to be the Opening Indian Non-Feature Film." 

"The selection of the Indian Panorama is made by eminent personalities from the world of cinema from across India comprising of a total of twelve jury members for feature films and six jury members for non-feature films led by the respective chairpersons. Exercising their individual expertise, the eminent jury panels contribute evenly to the consensus that leads to the selection of Indian Panorama films of respective categories."

"The Feature Film Jury, comprising twelve members, was headed by acclaimed Director and Editor, Chairperson Shri Vinod Ganatra. A package of 25 Feature films has been selected to be screened in the Indian Panorama section at 53rd IFFI from a broad spectrum of 354 qualifying contemporary Indian feature films. The following package of feature films reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the Indian film industry." it adds.

There are only one Bengali, four Hindi, one Irula, two Kannada, one Maithili, three Marathi, one Oriya, three Tamil, and two Telugu feature films. The choices under the Mainstream Cinema Section are The Kashmir Files in Hindi, RRR by SS Rajamouli, Tonic in Bengali, Akhanda with Nandamuri Balakrishna, and . Marathi for "Dharmveer Mukkham Post Thane".

Suriya's courtroom drama Jai Bhim, which is based on actual events and discusses the torture of the Irular tribe in captivity, Rajamouli's RRR, which is about a fearless revolutionary and a British army officer who once had a close bond and decide to work together to forge an inspiring path of freedom against the oppressive rulers, and Kashmir files talks about Krishna endeavors to uncover the reason behind his parents' brutal killings in Kashmir. He is shocked to uncover a web of lies and conspiracies in connection with the massive genocide.