Screening of films for visually impaired begins at IFFI

Screening of films for visually impaired begins at IFFI

Agency News

Panaji, Nov 23 : The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is screening three movies for the visually impaired persons with special audio described technology that gives Divyang persons a true sense of what is happening on the screen.

These films are ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Neeraj Pandey directed ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ and Konkani film ‘Questao De Confusao’ directed by Swapnil Shotkar.

These films are being shown under the ‘Accessible India-Accessible Films’ section in collaboration with UNESCO and a Delhi-based NGO Saksham Bharat.

The section opened with the screening of ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani on Saturday.

It was launched by Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad, ESG Vice Chairman Subash Phaldesai, ESG CEO Amit Satija and actress Taapsee Pannu.

Students from Lokvishwas Prathisthan Visually Impaired School, Ponda and National Association for the Blind attended the screening of the movie.

Speaking on the occasion, Taapsee Pannu said she was surprised to know such films were made.

“I have not seen films that use audio to explain the scenes; so I wanted to surely see how it’s done,” she said.

“I don’t like to use the term ‘visually impaired’, in fact, ‘your other senses are stronger than ours. I’m happy such movies can reach out to you,” Taapsee said.

During the inaugural function, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had called upon film industry to release all films with audio description so that Divyang people could also enjoy these films. He said, “releasing a film with audio description does not cost much, its just a matter of a few lakhs.”

Saksham Bharat has already audio-described about two dozen movies and documentaries, including some children’s films and the NGO is trying to rope in big banners to make entertainment completely inclusive. (UNI)