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Why GIFLIF Bhopal Chapter 2018 Is The Fest You Must Attend, This August

In the first week of August (3rd to 5th), GIFLIF is coming back to Bhopal for its third edition

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The Great Indian Film and Literature Festival – within this grandiose nomenclature hides a concept still very unique among the scores of festivals being organized in the country as of date. Called GIFLIF in short, it has established itself as Central India’s biggest celebration of cinema and literature in a short span of 3 years. However, within this short span, the festival has completed 6 edition to resounding success. Bringing together an enviable line-up of authors, poets, artists, musicians, film-makers, actors and extravaganzas of every conceivable form and shape – GIFLIF has become a name which people look forward to. 

What is so unique about the fest, you may be wondering. Well, it is the seamless manner in which they integrate so many art forms, keeping their base as cinema and literature. If you think about it, good literature is a precursor to great cinema, and cinema itself has been influencing society and literature. It is only apt that a common platform is created where both – cinema and literature – can interact, engage and come up with conversations which are a fertile ground for ideas of the future to crop up. This is what GIFLIF has been successfully achieving in its edition across India. Yes, it is a travelling festival, having covered the cosmopolitan Gurgaon and the young and upcoming Raipur in its journey.

In the first week of August (3rd to 5th), GIFLIF is coming back to Bhopal for its third edition. And here is why you MUST do all in your capacity to positively be there at the venue – Ravindra Bhawan – to witness all their events and performances in person. 

1. Hear the Giants of Literature
Devdutt Pattanaik and Anand Neelkantan are names that need no introduction. They have taken the domain of mythology by storm – Devdutt through his insightful commentary suited to the ordinary sensitibilities and Anand by giving voice to the vanquished anti-heroes through fascinating mythological fiction. While they sit on stage, you can furiously write away notes and ask questions which have always fluttered in your heart. 

2. Watch Films with Actors and Directors
There are some films which carve a huge dent on the psyche of cinema goers through their experimental narratives and brave choice of themes. The Cinema Travellers (director: Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya), which is an internationally acclaimed and has been a winner at “Festival De Cannes” would be screened along with Shirley. While we are sure you would have watched Mukkabaaz and Aligarh on the cinema screen, have you ever had the opportunity of seeing them together with Hansal Mehta, Director of Aligarh, or with Vineet Kumar Singh, the lead actor of Mukkabaaz? We bet not. At GIFLIF, this magic is going to happen. 

3. Theatrical Immersion
Barff, a play written and directed by Saurabh Shukla, will be staged on the opening night of GIFLIF. The play has opened to rave reviews across the country, and it is finally coming to Bhopal to visually mesmerize the audience, along with giving them a hard-theme to chew upon. What’s even better is that Saurabh Shukla will himself be interacting with the audience in a later session where the method to his acting and his journey as an artist will be discussed in great depth.
4. Storytelling In Many Hues
Stories are indispensable to our heritage and they have been finely woven into the schedule of GIFLIF. Gaurav Solanki, the very young but much acclaimed voice from the world of literature and cinema writing is going to read from his latest book – Gyarahvin A Ke Ladke – in his inimitable style. Not just that, he would also be reading his stories while Vipin Sharma would be enacting. Jashn-E-Qalam, the storytelling duo from Mumbai, will bring alive narratives from Patras Bokhari and Harishankar Parsai’s corpus – and enthrall the audience.
5. A Stage for Alternate Voices
If you’ve heard the name of Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, you would already be aware of the firebrand activist and orator she is. She has many distinctions to her name, but all those distinctions are preceded with stories of unimaginable struggles and challenges. Laxmi’s voice will resonate on the GIFLIF stage, certainly providing inspiration to the young and old, alike.
6. The Magic of Urdu Poetry
Poetry is the language which bypasses meanings to touch the strings of someone’s heart. This feeling comes alive in the world of Urdu Poetry, where words and verses combine to set afloat magical sentiments. Wasim Barelvi, the legend who is loved for his simple, but deep meaning couplets, is going to be there on the GIFLIF stage as well. Hear his popular and new shers, and we promise, a ‘waah’ will escape from your lips every now and then.
7. Music To Set The Stage on Fire
Since its inception, GIFLIF has been on the lookout for newer kinds of music to showcase on its stage. This time around, two performances – Reinterpretations by Samar Mehdi and Kashmiri Sufi band by the name of Alif – are going to mesmerize the audience which their novel music styles. You would tap your heart and feet away when these two take the stage – we promise!
8.What About The Youngsters?!
This is an easy answer. Since its very first edition, GIFLIF has been on a massive mission to search for budding talents in the field of poetry and filmmaking. In the Bhopal edition, they are giving a platform to 12 fresh faces from the country to make their mark as the finalists of the GIFLIF Poetry On Cruise Contest 2018. These 12 were selected after rounds of shortlisting from over a 1000 entries received. Do come in to watch and see which poet takes home the winning trophy!

We can go on listing reasons, but for now, this should be enough.

Are you already packing your bags to be a part of this extravaganza? Well, you must!

GIFLIF Bhopal Chapter 2018 is an initiative of White Walls Media’a and is supported by Business World, Culture Department (Govt. of MP), Rabindranath Tagore University, LIC, Dilip Buildcon Ltd, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism and Development Corporation (MPSTDC), Trident Group, IES Public School, Wittyfeed, Radio Mirchi, Tata Hitachi, Zoomcar and Bansal News.

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