BENGALURU: A three-day film festival, ‘Bhumika’, is being organized by Pickle Jar at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) to celebrate the life and cinema of national award winning actor, the late Smita Patil.
Nine of her movies across different languages like Tamil, Marathi, Hindi , Malayalam and Kannada, including for instance, Anveshane in Kannada and Chidambaram directed by Aravindan in Malayalam, and hits like Arth, Manthan, Mandi and Mirch Masala which are socially relevant, will be screened at the film festival on April 8, 9 and 10.
A documentary on Smita Patil – Teevra Madhyam – unseen by most people will also be screened. The venues are NGMA and Alliance Francaise.
Renowned director ShyamBenegal, who drew out some of the finest facets of Smita Patil, the actor in his movies like Bhumika and Manthan, will open the festival. Famous Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt will be the guest of honour.
“It is indeed our honor that in a rare gesture Smita Patil’s father, Sri Shivajirao Patil, 91, has expressed his desire to come to Bengaluru from Mumbai for the festival,” said Vasanthi Hari Prakash, a radio and TV journalist who is part of ‘Pickle Jar’, a forum of film lovers.
“A collection of rare photographs featuring the actor as well as those shot by her will be on display at NGMA. Besides, there is the launch of Smita’s biography penned by writer Maithili Rao, and an insightful panel discussions on parallel cinema and on women in Indian cinema,” she added.
Smita Patil, who appeared in over 80 movies, died in 1986 at the age of 31 due to child birth complications.
Ralph Alex Arakal