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IFFI to stage 20-minute dialogue between Dadasaheb Phalke and wife

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MUMBAI: 2012 marks the centenary year of Indian cinema and what better way to celebrate the same by paying a tribute to the Father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke. The 43rd international film festival will stage a 20-minute play with a dialogue between Phalke and his wife Savitri.

Made by Phalke?s grand niece, the play throws light on what inspired Phalke to make India?s first full-leagth feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1913. "We have a biography on Dadasaheb Phalke made by his grand niece which we will showcase on November 21. We wanted to celebrate the 100 years of cinema and what better way to do it than this. It is a 20-minute dialogue between Phalke and his wife Savitri which will be adapted into a play," said IFFI director Shankar Mohan in a statement.

Besides this, the 11-day festival will also screen 26 feature films and 36 documentary and non-feature films to commemorate the centenary year of Indian cinema. "It is a special time this year as we complete 100 years, and so we have a collection of movies which will be screened. IFFI has changed a lot over the past years in terms of content and delivery and we aim to make it better each year," Mohan added.

The IFFI, that starts from 20 November will open with the screening of Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee?s Life Of Pi while it will close with Mira Nair?s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

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