The Film and Television Institute of India will screen a series of diploma films by its alumni over the years. “The film shows, called Padaarpan, will be held from August 5 at the institute's main theatre, which has a capacity of 200 seats, and will be free for members of the public,“ said Bhupendra Kainthola, director, FTII. Entries to the shows will be on first-comefirst-served basis, he added.
“By Padaarpan we mean baby steps. Renowned artists like Naseeruddin Shah, Resul Pookutty and Adoor Gopalakrishnan were students once and it will be interesting to watch what they did when they were stepping into the vast world of cinema,“ said Kainthola.
The FTII has nearly 500 films in its archives. “The first batch joined in 1961 and passed out in 1964. Hence, we have diploma films since then which are just gathering dust. We thought screening them would be a great idea as cinema lovers will be able to see quality films,“ he said.
Officials at the FTII have already started identifying the films to be screened. “They have been selected either based on their selection for national and international awards or if any famous personality was part of it,“ said Kainthola.
As a launch of Padaarpan series, Shatrughan Sinha's diploma film will be screened followed by interaction with the actor. “I am sure his fans would love to see what he was like when he was a student and this is a perfect opportunity to do so,“ said Kainthola.