Chennai, Sep 19 (): The four-day grand Indian Cinema Centenary Celebrations to commemorate the achievements of Indian cinema in the last 100 years will be held from 21-24 September in Chennai. The celebrations are organized by South Indian Film Chamber Of Commerce with the help of the state government.
Chennai has been chosen for the celebrations as it is the birthplace of southern cinema, said C Kalyan, president of South Indian Film Chambers of Commerce (SIFCC).
The film industries from Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu languages are the main participants in the celebrations.
Kalyan said, Indian Cinema’s Centenary Celebrations will be held in such a way that the whole of India will appreciate it. He also said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister will inaugurate the ceremony and President of India, Governor of Tamil Nadu and the Chief Ministers of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra will attend the festival.
Film shoots are cancelled from September 18th to 24th on the eve of this ceremony and the Cinema Theatre Owners Association has announced that all cinema theatres would be closed on 24th.
As part of the celebrations, old classical movies in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam are being screened in cinemas like Sathyam Seasons, Woodlands Symphony and Swarna Sakthi Abirami. Admission is free to view the classic movies.
Among the old movies being screened are super hit ‘Nadodi Mannan’ starring MGR (Tamil), legendary movie ‘Pasa Malar,’(Sivaji Ganesan) and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NTR’s mega hit of the 1950s ‘Maya Bazaar’ (Telugu). ‘SatyaHarishchandra’, ‘Bangarada Manushya (Kannada),’ and Chemmeen (Malayalam),’ are among the Kannada and Malayalam movies that are being screened.
Big stars from Sandolwood including Darshan, Upendra, Shivrajkumar, Puneeth Rajukumar, Sudeep, Aindrita Ray, Radhika Pandit and Ragini Dwivedi will be heading for the grand final event on 24 September. However, reports say top Telugu film stars have backed out of the event due to the political unrest in Andhra Pradesh.