Book on 32 world films released

Special Correspondent

— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Commendable effort: Biffes artistic director H.N. Narahari Rao, executive director of Biffes N. Vidyashankar (right) and author of ‘Chitra-Kathe’ A.N. Prasanna (left) at the release of the book in Bangalore on Monday.

Bangalore: There is a need to develop theories on the country’s cinema and recognise both commercial and parallel cinemas as serious art forms. This is necessary for giving a new impetus to the Indian cinema at the global level, executive director of the third edition of the Bengalooru International Film Festival (Biffes) N. Vidyashankar has said.

He was speaking on writer and film-maker A.N. Prasanna’s book “Chitra-Kathe” on 32 world films. The book is said to be the first of its kind in Kannada, released at the festival here on Monday.

In the absence of well-developed cinema theories that could reflect the country’s viewpoints on cinema in general and the country’s cinema in particular, Mr. Prasanna’s work had come as a boon though it focussed on narrative technique only.

Biffes artistic director H.N. Narahari Rao said Mr. Prasanna had successfully accomplished the challenge of writing such a book in Kannada. The book would be helpful for all those interested in watching select films of the world, he added.

Mr. Prasanna said the objective of the book was to introduce good cinema to school and college students and promote film appreciation.

With the publication of the book, Mr. Prasanna had earned a double distinction as his first feature film “Haaru Hakkiyaneri” based on his short story “Paarivaalagalu” is scheduled to be screened on Thursday at Biffes.

His film, which was screened at various film festivals, has gained special significance in the light of his literary career: He has published four collections of short stories and translated many English plays.

A retired electrical engineer, Mr. Prasanna has bagged the State Sahitya Academy award and directed many short films and television serials.