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Films at HLF 2017

Moving Images, Documentary Circle of Hyderabad,  Geetika Tondon and students of Annapurna International School of Film & Media Studies, Pixel Academy and various colleges in the twin cities present their bouquet of films at HLF this year.

Moving Images brings to HLF visitors a Tamil Film Festival with three very different movies. The film festival will be inaugurated by the versatile actor Prakash and begins with showcasing  of the film Sila Samayangalil (At Certain Times), that is yet to be released. This film has been receiving critical acclaim at all the festivals it is being shown around the world and made it to the final round of Golden Globe awards. It is a gripping social drama directed by Priyadarshan and has music by Ilayaraja.

Cinema House at Hyderabad Literary Festival

The Art Room of the Hyderabad Public School will transform itself into a film screening venue for the 2017 HLF. The repertoire of films being screened include a Tamil Film Festival, Tamil being the language of focus at this year’s HLF, student films from Annapurna International School of Film and Media Studies, University of Hyderabad curated films and Documentary Films and short films submitted by students in the pre-events for college students conducted by HLF over December 2016 and January 2017.


11:00am-12:00noon, 28th January, 2017
Actor Prakash Raj will personally introduce a Priyadarshan film Sila Samayamgalil, in which he acted too – a film that is making rounds in international film circuit and getting rave reviews and awards.

The second film presented by Moving Images is a dance ode to M S Subbulakshmi by danseuse Shobhana Bhalchandra and is titled Meera. The songs are written by Papanasam Sivan and Kalki Krishnamurthy and the three segments portray Meera as the Maiden, the Reluctant Queen and as the Seeker.

The third film by Moving Images is a delightful and quirky comedy movie featuring children in stellar performances. Titled Kaka Muttai (Crow’s Egg). In an interesting way it depicts the clash of increasing consumerism and the desire of the underprivileged to experience something beyond their means and how this snowballs into something that involves the entire city.

Lakshman Rekha by Geetika Tondon

2:00pm-3:00pm, 27th January, 2017

Over the last few years there have been multiple occasions when an individual has taken to social media to air a personal grievance. Often, the social media, and then media attention spirals out of control. The public, journalists and celebrities quickly insert themselves into the conversation. They firmly pick a side, either for or against, and rail against anyone who picked the opposing viewpoint. A snapshot of India of 2016, “Lakshman Rekha” explores the growing polarization of communities divided on the basis of religion and sexuality, and the role media and social media end up playing in propagating inaccurate and misguided prejudices.

Documentary Circle of Hyderabad

Mr R V Ramani Filmmaker and Ms Kalairaani, Actor, Theatre Director will be coming from Delhi and Chennai for participating in HLF to show their Documentary Nee Yaar (Who Are You?).Mr. Ramani is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in India, and widely respected, who has established a unique style of his own, making independent impressionistic documentaries, which have been highly appreciated both in India and abroad. The biopic traces the life of  Sundara Ramaswamy (SuRa) who is considered as one of the foremost Tamil modernist writers. Having brought up in the background of Malayalam language and culture, SuRa learnt Tamil by himself, emerging as a Tamil writer by sheer hard work and passion. He championed a vision, where readers can access important writings in different Indian languages. In the back drop of the Dravidian and Dalit movements in Tamil Nadu, SuRa struggled to evolve a modern Tamil literature, independent of its ancient tradition and its associated politics. This often found his writings pitted against his Brahmin background and upbringing. 

Student film makers get a great opportunity to present their work to discerning audiences at the film festival. These films have been made by students of Annapurna International School for Film & Media Studies, Pixel Academy and the students of Hyderabad and Secunderabad who have submitted their films for a short film competition in the pre events conducted for college students in HLF 2017.

The grad students films from AIFSM
3:00pm-4:00pm, 27th January, 2017

PARCHAAI (Shadow) directed by Aviral Mathur  | SORT THE SPOT directed by Vaishvi Mistry | KHWAISH (Desire) directed by Pushkar Vishwasrao | SATTVAM (Existence) directed by Supreet | RANGULA RATNAM (Merry Go Round) directed by Janardhan | INSIDE JOB directed by Hasan Haque | VARNAMALA (The Alphabet) directed by Venkata Santosh | NAVVU (Laughter) directed by Rachana Deshpande.