[Goanet] New Feature Film "Xapai" to be directed by Sai Paranjpye (in Konkani/English/Hindi)
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Screen On & Off
The First Indian International Women's Film Festival, taking place at 89
Cinemas and Priya cinema, is seeing a steady stream of film-makers and
actresses breezing through town. After the inauguration by Sonali Kulkarni on
December 12, film-maker Sai Paranjpye is here to attend a retrospective on her.
The package includes Sparsh, Disha, Papiha, Saaz and Bhago Bhoot. The former
chairman of Children's Film Society of India is now planning to start her next
feature, Xapai (meaning grandfather in colloquial Konkani), sometime in March.
Sai will write and direct the English-Hindi-Konkani film set in Goa.
"It's about a Goan Christian family with a very strong Portuguese hangover.
There's this old man living in a beautiful crumbling building, with his maid,
cook and driver. He is approaching 90 and so his children gather around him.
There's a lot of family intrigue
It's a black comedy and Habib Tanvir will
play the lead," says Sai, also planning to release Chakachak a children's
film on environment issues made in 2004 in Calcutta, in the DVD
format. "Chakachak is certainly not my best film, but it got me the best press
ever," says she.
"Disha is my favourite film and it's very sad that the prints are not being
preserved properly. I don't even know if a proper print of Saaz or Sparsh
exists or not," rues the film-maker who started out as a radio announcer
before switching to theatre and cinema.
Other Indian women film-makers featured in the ongoing festival are Aparna
Sen, Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta, Gurinder Chadha, Pamela Rooks and Meghna Gulzar.
The world cinema section showcases works from Hungary, France, Iran, USA,
Poland, Italy, Russia and Norway, with Germany in the international focus. The
seven-day festival has been organised by Kolkata Film and Media Studies.
(The Telegraph - Calcutta)
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