Samantha Akkineni’s ‘Mahanati’ in IFFI’s 2018 Indian Panorama section

New Delhi: South Queen Samantha Akkineni’s movie ‘Mahanati’ on Savitri, who faced several challenges and overcomes hurdles to become the first female superstar in South film industry, has been nominated for the Indian Panorama films for the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

Epic big screen dramas like ‘Padmaavat’ and other movies like ‘Nagarkirtan’, and ‘Bhayanakam’ are a part of the selection of Indian Panorama films for the IFFI, which will all set to be held in Goa next month.

Acclaimed director Shaji N. Karun’s Malayalam drama ‘Olu’ will open the feature film category of the Indian Panorama section, which will have a mix of Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Tulu, Ladakhi, Jasari and Hindi films, read a statement from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced on Wednesday.

The feature film jury of thirteen members was headed by acclaimed film director and screenwriter Rahul Rawail. The jury has selected a bouquet of 22 feature films, including titles like ‘Walking With The Wind’, ‘Ee Maa Yove’, ‘Dhappa’, ‘To Let’ and ‘Peranbu’, IANS reported.

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Tollywood actress Samantha starrer ‘Mahanati’, ‘Padmaavat’, ‘Raazi’ and ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ have been chosen as ‘mainstream films’ by an internal committee of the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF).

IFFI 2018 will be held in Goa from November 20-28.

(With IANS Inputs)

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