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Shalaka Nalawade | Saturday, 20 September 2014 AT 10:40 PM IST
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PUNE: The last day of the Pune International Literary fest was dominated by Bollywood, with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Sandeep Nath and Swanand Kirkire being part of various sessions. It was an action packed day with lot of interesting literary sessions taking place at various venues inside the campus of MIT College.

The day started with a talk by author Mukul Deva. The ex-army-man-turned-prolific-author, who churns out two books per year, was at his humorous best at the session. He answered all the questions put forth by Mahendra Jakhar and the audience. Deva, who introduced the genre of spy military thrillers in Indian literature, with his book 'Lashkar' in 2009, also talked about terrorism.

The next session saw popular writer-director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra talking about his film 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'. “Basically, we are storytellers and our medium is cinema. We grew up with the legends of Milkha Singh, Dara Singh and Dhyanchand,” he said.

In the session on film criticism, writer-filmmaker-professor Anil Zankar gave a low-down on film writing and criticism, as he chatted up film critic Mayank Shekhar and lyricist Sandeep Nath.

“An incident, thing or a character which repeatedly dominates your thoughts is worthy of a story. This is important when considering which stories lead to the making of film that turn into classics,” said Nath. To this Shekhar added that while criticising a film, it's easier to write about a good or a bad film, “The criticism comes from your emotions and thoughts that rise while you watch the film.”

Keeping with the theme of PILF this year - Environment Protection through Animal Welfare, the session by writer- director and activist Venita Coelho and designer Wendell Rodricks highlighted the dark side of Goa. “While everyone believes that tourism is the main contributor to Goa's economy, the reality is very different. Tourism only contributes to 14 per cent of the GDP while its repercussion on the environment through noise pollution and garbage production is much higher,” Coelho said.

Popular author Amish Tripathi, who recently released his third book on the Shiva Trilogy - 'The oath of the Vayuputras' in Marathi talked about the need to have English books by Indian authors also released in vernacular languages.

I attended the 'With love from Goa' session by Wendell Rodricks and Venita Coelho. It was quite interesting as people who aren't aware of the environmental consequences of tourism in Goa, had a lot to learn.
- Surbhi Shirpurkar, Student, International School of Broadcasting and Journalism (ISBJ)
The session 'Sarcasm-laced humour' was fun. I learnt a lot from author Arnab Ray who discussed how to use sarcasm and humour to insult while citing the examples of the characters from the series Game of Thrones."
- Eshwar Pilli, student, MIT

I attended the workshop All about Harry Potter by Anurima Roy. We had kids as young as 10 and 11-year-olds who are fans of the Harry Potter series. Roy made us see the series through the eyes of the lesser important characters like Dobby and Luna Lovegood which shows how multi-layered the story is.
- Rama Panchanadikar, student, Symbiosis Junior College

sukada khandge - Monday, 22 September 2014 AT 02:08 PM IST
The picture used is wrong. It is FTII's screenplay's department program pic.

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