Bengaluru: After a steady start to the Bengaluru international film festival on day one, Saturday brought with it a better attendance among registered participants, who came in big numbers. They were, however, irked by a number of technical glitches and for reasons best known to organisers, several films that were scheduled for certain screens were rescheduled, with new timings.
"Last year, these sudden changes screening schedule was a disappointment, it spoiled the fun of watching the best movies from around the globe. One hoped this year would be better but the problem hasn’t been rectified," says Naveen, a film enthusiast, adding that in other international film festivals, such glitches are rare.
Another movie buff, who works as a software engineer, says, "Though I could attend the festival only on the weekend, I registered myself to watch as many movies as possible, but due to frequent rescheduling of movies and long queues, I could watch only a couple. Technical issues and other unforeseen reasons are understandable to a certain extent but if it happens often then it shows the failure of the organisers in planning it properly."
In another blunder, the festival is screening not less than 11 children movies, but unfortunately the organisers have failed to accommodate the entry of children, having restricted it to only adult audiences.
"When I saw the brochure, I came across several children movies which are being screened in the festival but as the entry is restricted only to adult audience, it did not make any sense to me. At least the organisers could have arranged the screening of children movies at a separate venue by allowing children to watch it," concludes film critic Sharan....