The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), which is celebrating its silver jubilee this 12 months, its second leg right here started on a controversial be aware with verbal bashing by movie personalities.
In the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the occasion which has beforehand been held within the state capital metropolis, for the primary time was unfold throughout 4 venues — Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Thalassery and Palakkad.
The Kochi-leg opened on a bitter be aware with widespread award profitable actor Salim Kumar expressing his ire that he was not invited for the occasion, regardless of him dwelling within the district.
Kumar, whose political affinity in the direction of the Congress get together is well-known stated it was hilarious to know that he was not invited as a result of he was an ‘previous man’. Kumar who received the nationwide finest actor award in 2010 and in addition state awards is 50-years-old.
Clarifying the state of affairs, award profitable director and chairman of Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA), Kamal stated: “He (Kumar) might need some political cause to create an issue. I spoke to him for half-hour and stated I’ll come and invite him for the occasion.
“But he was not keen for it. I as soon as once more apologise because the chairman, if there was any improper performed. I’ve satisfied him that his fears are unfounded.”
The 4 venue idea had come below hearth from a number of quarters, however with the pandemic raging, it was given the go-ahead. From February 10-14, it was in Thiruvananathapuram, 17-21 Kochi, 23-27 Thalassery and March 1-5 in Palakkad.
At every venues, the movies had been to be screened in six film halls the place the viewers capability was to be restricted to 50 per cent.