Hyderabad: It is seldom that a film festival, that too a children’s film festival has a packed schedule and sees a movie being screened twice. But public demand, that too when that ‘public’ is all young children, can make wonders happen.
And that’s what happened at Prasads Imax on the final day of 20th International Children’s Film Festival India here on Tuesday. ‘Poorna‘, a biopic which details the journey of Poorna Malavath, a government school student who scaled the highest peak of Mount Everest at the age of 13 years, was screened to a full house, amidst grand applause, for the second time during the festival.
‘Poorna’, in fact, was the first movie to be screened on November 9 when the children’s film festival began here. However, children who were spellbound by the film expressed their desire to watch the movie again, and the organisers were happy to oblige. And thus, ‘Poorna’ was screened again, as the last show of the festival, on which curtains came down on Tuesday.
Manvitha, a Class VII student who watched the film for the second time, said she was indebted to the ICFFI for introducing her to Poorna.
“Without the efforts of ICFFI, I don’t think I would have watched such an inspirational film in my lifetime. Even television channels are not taking any steps to telecast the film,” she said.