Vidya Balan`s Urumi to open Indian Panorama section at IFFI

Mumbai: Urumi, a Malayalam feature film directed by Santosh Sivan starring Vidya Balan, Prithviraj and Genelia D`Souza, will open the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2011 to be held in Goa next month.

IFFI officials stated that the jury for Feature films, headed by renowned filmmaker Sai Paranjpye, has selected 23 films, out of a total of 118 eligible entries, for the IFFI 2011 Indian Panorama Section.

The festival would be held in Panaji and Margao cities of Goa from November 23 to December 3, 2011.

Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu, directed by Salim Ahamed, which won the Best Feature Film award at the recent 58th National Film Awards, is the 24th film of Indian Panorama, by virtue of direct entry.

According to officials, Urumi, a movie based on the 16th century warrier clans of northern Kerala, is the story of Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, a man with a mission to kill Vasco-da-Gama, a 16th century Portuguese explorer.

The feature film category will have O Maria, a Konkani movie directed by Rajendra Talak, which speaks of the tourist state in the changing scenario.

He..., a Bhojpuri movie by Mangesh Joshi has also been selected in this section.

The Non-Feature films jury, chaired by well-known writer-director Ashok Rane, picked 21 films, out of the 135 eligible entries.


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