Pune: Students' films from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune archives will now be made available for public viewing under a new initiative, 'Padaarpan: Momentous Milestones', starting from August 5.
Shatrughan Sinha, actor, Lok Sabha MP and FTII alumnus, will be inaugurating the initiative on Saturday at 3 pm.
The first edition of Padaarpan will be marked by the screenings of six student films. The opening film is 'An Angry Young Man', a film in which Shatrughan Sinha acted as FTII student in 1970.
Open screening of student films, old and new, would be held every month at FTII Main Theatre. Entry is free and open to all, but on a first-come-first-served basis, thus providing Puneites with a golden opportunity to watch the acclaimed works of students.
“Padaarpan means, debut, the first step. The event is a celebration of the early talents of FTII's alumni community, a festival of their momentous milestones. These are the cinematic footprints of film makers, technicians and artists, who have made FTII proud by registering their perceptible presence in the world of cinema and television,” Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII Pune, said.
Films - playback, dialogue, documentary and diploma - produced by FTII had limited exposure platforms so far; a screening at the campus or in a few festivals. Now, with this new initiative, the films will get a larger audience.