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The 49th IFFI will screen the films with audio descriptions for visually impaired children

They are visually impaired children. But they need not be deprived of the joy of watching a movie.

The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), as part of its commitment to ensure inclusiveness, accessibility and to spread the joy of cinema through all sections of the society, will screen Sholay and Hichki for visually impaired children.

One of Indian cinema’s greatest movies, Sholay follows the adventures of Jai and Veeru (played by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra respectively) in search of the notorious bandit, Gabbar (Amjad Khan). The film also starred Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan in what are now iconic roles.

Hichki chronicles the inspiring life of Naina Mathur (played by Rani Mukherji) who suffers from Tourette syndrome.

The movies will be equipped with audio descriptions. These are visual explanations intended to help the visually impaired enjoy cinema or any of the arts. A special presentation of Tunisian films will bring the children up close to international cinema.

Two years ago, the 47th edition set a benchmark by becoming the first Indian film festival to screen audio descriptive movies. The section is a joint collaboration with UNESCO and Delhi-based NGO Saksham under the Accessible India Campaign and Sugamaya Bharat Abhiyan.

Mahadev Sawant, computer teacher at the Goa-branch of the National Association of Blind, said that visually impaired children and adults enjoy the films like anybody else, especially as the ‘action’ part is described.

“IFFI has been having this section since 2016 and we (at the NAB) are invited to watch the films. This year too we are looking forward to taking our students to watch these films,” said Mr. Sawant, himself partially visually impaired.



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