November 18th, 2011
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Pather Panchali gets malayalam subtitles

pather-panchaliKochi: Satyajit Ray’s Bengali classic ‘Pather Panchali’ an all time favourite was screened with Malayalam subtitles at YMCA. The show witnessed audiences from all walks of life. “Literally the film characters spoke in Malayalam for the audience,” says P N Venugopal, former president of the Cochin Film Society, which organized the show. Pather Panchali (1955) by Ray, based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s eponymous novel, shows how Durga, a 14-year-old, enjoys the simple things in life with her brother Apu even at the height of extreme poverty.

This is the second of the series of the 10 other-language movies that the Cochin Film Society presents as part of its annual activity. “Ten movies in 10 different languages, that means 10 different cultures. We wanted to subtitle it in Malayalam so that the common man could understand them,” Venugopal says. The first film to be screened was ‘Rashomon’ (1950), a Japanese film by ace director Akiro Kurosawa. It was well-received by a packed audience. The next movies scheduled to be screened at YMCA hall will be The Bicycle Thieves (1948), an Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica, and Wild Strawberries (1957), a Swedish masterpiece by Ingmar Bergman.

The dates of screening will be informed at a later time. Cochin Film Society that has been in the city from the 1980s has once been the cultural point for a lot of film lovers. “Kochi is now a place of transit for many, and because of this floating population, there aren’t many takers for a laidback movie watching anymore,” Venugopal adds.


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