The organisers of 8th Asian Film Festival on Monday announced that critically-acclaimed Kannada filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli and actor Dilip Prabhavalkar will be honoured at the festival. The film festival is being organised by Aashay Film Club and supported by Ministry of Tourism & Current Affair, Government of Maharashtra in collaboration with National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), and Federations of Film Societies of India, and Asian Film Foundation (Mumbai).
While Kasaravalli will receive the Zenith Asia award, Prabhavalkar will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the closing day of the festival. “Kasaravalli’s films stand for simplicity. They are an audio-visual exploration of life, especially of the common man. They are rooted in their culture and still have universal appeal,” read the statement.
The statement further read, “Prabhavalkar’s dedicated approach to the variety and the choice of roles, and the ease with which he acts, make him stand apart.”
Marathi filmmaker Sumitra Bhave will inaugurate the festival on January 24. The festival will be held till January 30 and films from India, China, Japan, Iran, Vietnam and other countries will be screened. There is a special section called Focus on Vietnam where seven films from 1974 to 2015 will be screened.
Some recent offbeat Bollywood films including Kranti Kanade’s CRD, Amit Masurkar’s Newton, Pawan Kriplani’s Phobia and Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa will also be screened at the festival.
An interaction session with filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has been organised on January 28, which will be followed by the screening of his film Indu Sarakar.
The festival will also pay homage to personalities from the film industry who passed away in 2017 including filmmaker Kundan Shah, cinematographer-director Balu Mahendra, and actors Tom Altar and Om Puri -- all of whom were FTII alumni. The films Jane Bhi Do Yaaro and Sandhya Raagam will be screened in memory of them.