MUMBAI: Films Division of India, the repository of visual footage and short films on Mahatma Gandhi, is celebrating his 143rd birth anniversary by organizing a festival of films and art, aptly called – Baapu.
The five day event between 2 to 5 October will have screenings of some of the popular feature films on Gandhiji – Gandhi, The Making of The Mahatma, Gandhi My Father, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, Lage Raho Munna Bhai and documentaries like Lines of Mahatma, Gandhi An Emerging Reality, Gandhiji through the Eyes of the Cartoonist, Gandhi, Nehru and Modern Art, Gandhiji's letter to Hitler and Places where Gandhiji lived.
Veteran film personalities like Shyam Benegal, Jahnu Barua, Anupam Kher, Feroz Abbas Khan, Rohini Hattangady, Darshan Jariwala and Arun Khopkar will grace the screenings and interact with the audiences.
Also included are live Baapu bhajans, slide show of Gandhi paintings by noted painter Atul Dodiya, and exhibition of Gandhi artifacts by Mani Bhavan and release of collectors’ edition DVD.
"Baapu" will be inaugurated by Shyam Benegal in the presence of Jahnu Barua and other dignitaries on 2 October. While there will be full day screenings from 11.00 am to 8.45 pm on 2 October and 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on 6 October, there will be evening screenings from 6.00 pm to 9.30pm from 3 to 5 October.