A Film Festival organized by the Dignity Foundation, an NGO, between 17th. April-21st April was indeed an audio- visual treat which brought us memories of yester heroes and heroines who won our hearts with their pristine looks and performances. Out of the five movies released during the fifties and sixties that were screened, unfortunately we could make it only to two of them. It was fun indeed watching the Tamil movie “Kaathalika neramillai”, which had more an entertainment value than any story line to boast of. The scene stealers were Baliah to whom money meant everything in life and Nagesh who engaged us with his great sense of humour , “Madhumathi”, a Hindi movie with a Ghost story and lilting songs, I thought would be as captivating to audiences of today (of all ages included) as it was more than five decades ago when it was first screened. It was really spell binding watching the pair — Vyjayanthimala and Dilip Kumar essaying their roles so effortlessly. What struck me most was the contrast, in the way the female characters dressed. The heroine looked charming and appealing despite being dressed from top to toe unlike today’s over made up and scantily clothed female characters, who despite their “embellishments” fail to impress the viewers.
The highlight of the festival was the presence of Lakshmi and the Dhananjayans as well as Vyjayanthimala and Y.G.Mahendra. The first two stressed upon the importance of taking care of senior citizens within the family and the other speakers patiently answered lengthy questions posed by the audience regarding their experiences in the celluloid world.
n.meera raghavendra rao