The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), which is celebrating its silver jubilee this yr, its second leg right here started on a controversial notice with verbal bashing by movie personalities.
In the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the occasion which has beforehand been held within the state capital metropolis, for the primary time was unfold throughout 4 venues — Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Thalassery and Palakkad.
The Kochi-leg opened on a bitter notice with in style award successful actor Salim Kumar expressing his ire that he was not invited for the occasion, regardless of him residing within the district.
Kumar, whose political affinity in direction of the Congress occasion is well-known mentioned it was hilarious to know that he was not invited as a result of he was an ‘outdated man’. Kumar who gained the nationwide greatest actor award in 2010 and likewise state awards is 50-years-old.
Clarifying the scenario, award successful director and chairman of Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA), Kamal mentioned: “He (Kumar) might have some political reason to create a controversy. I spoke to him for 30 minutes and said I will come and invite him for the event.
“But he was not prepared for it. I as soon as once more apologise because the chairman, if there was any unsuitable performed. I’ve satisfied him that his fears are unfounded.”
The four venue concept had come under fire from several quarters, but with the pandemic raging, it was given the go-ahead. From February 10-14, it was in Thiruvananathapuram, 17-21 Kochi, 23-27 Thalassery and March 1-5 in Palakkad.
At every venues, the movies have been to be screened in six film halls the place the viewers capability was to be restricted to 50 per cent.