The fourth edition of the International Film Festival of Mumbai, organised by the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) has been extended for a day by popular demand from the delegates.
"About 3,000 delegates, including a large number of film critics and experts from abroad are participating in the mega event," MAMI trustee and noted film producer Amit Khanna told Screendaily.
Earlier, Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj formally inaugurated the festival on Nov 21 and veteran matinee idol Dilip Kumar was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The opening ceremony was followed by the screening of chief guest Ashok Amritraj's Bandits. The film was shown five times during the festival at the request of the delegates.
Over 150 films from around the world were screened at the week-long festival including a special archive session on the works of "eccentric genius" Indian filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak.
The Film India Worldwide section featured works of the Indian diaspora, including American Desi directed by Gitesh Pandya, Gaurav Seth's Passage to Ottowa, Asif Kapadia's The Warrior and Pan Nalin's Ayurveda - the Art of Being.
The 'Indian Panorama' section featured a galaxy of recent Indian films including the Aamir Khan-starrer and India's Oscar-hopeful Lagaan, Fareeda Mehta's Kali Salwar and Benegal's Zubeiba among the Hindi fims; Mahesh Manjrekar's Astitva in Marathi, Malayalam film Shantham and the Kiron Kher-starrer Bengali movie Bariwali.