Movie buffs enjoy first day of Nitte International Film Festival

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April 24, 2017

Mangaluru, Apr 24: Hundreds of cine lovers from Mangaluru and outskirts turned up for the maiden International Film festival (NIFF) organised by Nitte University on Monday, April 24.

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The Nitte International Film Festival was inaugurated at Bharath Cinemas here in Mangaluru by the National award winning Marathi Director Mr Sunil Sukhtankar. Dr M Shantharam Shetty, Pro Chancellor of Nitte University presided over the function.

The film festival was declared open by the eminent guests by flipping the ‘clapboard’ which is an important property in every film production.

Addressing the delegates and the guests Mr Sunil Sukhtankar expressed that the film festivals are the platforms for the film makers as well as the artists to bring out their efforts on screen before the audience and the critics.

“Usually the audience hunt for the good movie and the film makers wait for an opportunity to show their work to the public. Film Festivals like this serve both the purpose thus satisfying the film maker and viewer. It was through my short films I ventured into the craft of film making and today I am able to speak about the society or convey my ideas and thoughts through this effective medium” he opined.

He also congratulated the Nitte Institute of Communication (NICO) and Nitte University in successfully uniting the viewer and film maker under one roof.

Taking a pride over being a resident of Mangaluru which has given birth to prominent personalities, Dr M Shantharam Shetty said that Nitte University is proud in organising its maiden International Film festival here in Mangaluru.

“Films have always been a part of our memories from making us laugh to shedding tears. Not just limiting itself as a medium of entertainment, cinema has also been an effective medium to spread awareness and be a voice of the society. We are happy to screen award winning and critically acclaimed movies from all over the world at this film festival” he expressed.

Renowned Marathi film ‘Kaasav’ directed by Ms. Sumitra Bhave and Mr. Sunil Sukthankar was screened as the opening film.

First day saw the screening of Unto the Dusk (Malayalam), The Violin Player (Bengali), Visaranai (Tamil), Amdavad ma Famous (Gujurati), Haal-e-Kangal and Masaan (Hindi), Quissa (Punjabi) and Kannada films including Zero Made in India, Kendasampige, Harikatha Prasanga and Harivu. It also saw the screening of international films such as Soegija (Indonesia) and Red Butter Fly (Sri Lanka).

Various national award winning directors and producers including Mr PN Ramachandra, Ms Bijaya Jena, Mr Manu Chakravarthy, Mr Anand Varadaraj, Mr Sajin Babu, Mr Giridev Hassan and actor Mr Shrunga were present at the venue and interacted with audience.

In all, a total of 55 films from five different countries and many national award-winning films from Indian languages including Reservation, Amaraavati, Railway Children, Jatta (Kannada), Madipu and Suddha (Tulu), Kammatipaadam, Kaliyachan, Angamaly Diaries (Malayalam), Ventilator and Lathe Joshi (Marathi), Raman Raghav 2.0, Island City, Ugly (Hindi), Sanctuary, 24-Weeks and Destiny (international films) - all free of cost will be screened in the upcoming days.

Prof Raviraj Kini, Head of the Department welcomed the gathering. Student Coordinator Mr Maithrey Deshpande delivered vote of thanks. Ms Wilma Serrao, Asst Professor hosted the inaugural ceremony.

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January 27,2023

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Bengaluru, Jan 27: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai appeared to have lost his cool as he snatched a microphone from the hands of a seer seated beside him during a public event on Thursday in Bengaluru's Mahadevapura to respond to criticism.

During the event, seer Eshwaranandapuri Swami raised the issue of flooding and poor infrastructure in the constituency and blamed politicians for the trouble.

Bommai responded saying that he is not someone who only gives assurances but someone gets work done. He added that he has released funds to find a solution to these problems.

A few months back, the residents of Mahadevapura were ravaged by floods following heavy rainfall affecting normal life. 

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January 23,2023

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Udupi, Jan 23: Chief of right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene Pramod Muthalik on Monday said he has decided to contest the upcoming Assembly polls in Karnataka from Karkala Assembly constituency to fight against corruption and for the cause of Hindutva.

The polls are likely by May.

"Under pressure from karyakartas, I decided to contest as an independent candidate from the Karkala Assembly segment. Already, I have travelled across the constituency seven or eight times, and everyone is of the opinion that Muthalik should contest from here as there have been injustice to Hindus and rampant corruption," Muthalik said.

Speaking to reporters, he said he is contesting so that he can work honestly for the cause of Hindutva and against corruption. "My contest will be with an aim to give the Hindus justice and respect," he added.

In November last, Muthalik said 25 Hinduwadis, including him, would contest the 2023 Assembly polls as independent candidates to protect Hindus, while alleging that the BJP which came to power with their support has failed to protect them and Hindutva. Karkala in Udupi district is now being represented by V Sunil Kumar (BJP), who is now Minister for Energy, Kannada and Culture in the Basavaraj Bommai-led Cabinet. He has represented thrice in the constituency and won in 2004, 2013 and 2018.

Earlier a Congress bastion, former Chief Minister and ex-Union Minister M Veerappa Moily had won from there six times from 1972-1994 polls.

After him H Gopala Bhandary of the party had twice represented the seat by winning the 1999 and 2008 polls. 

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January 23,2023

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Chennai, Jan 23: The BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit is planning to launch a TV channel for the party in the state, a surprise to many in state politics. Top party sources said the project, which will be an extension of Janam TV, considered a party mouthpiece in Kerala, will be announced Monday.

A senior BJP leader said that the Tamil channel’s name will also most likely be Janam TV. “It will be based in Alwarpet in the city, and the initial cost is estimated to be around Rs 15 crore, which will be mobilised using party and RSS resources in Tamil Nadu,” the leader said.

The leader referred to the project, whose launch date is yet to be announced, as a “baby of K Annamalai,” the party’s state chief in his late 30s. “Annamalai will be overseeing the project. The main reason for this project is to provide comprehensive coverage of his state-wide padayatra beginning April 14, 2023,” added the leader.

Despite facing numerous allegations, such as low pay and being a commercially unsustainable model, Janam TV in Kerala played a key role in the BJP and RSS’s propaganda efforts during the Sabarimala controversy. It was a period when the channel attracted as many viewers as mainstream news channels in a state where ‘news’ is a pricey commodity like entertainment.

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