Chennai has been hosting an International Film Festival for last 9 years and I have been wanting to attend it. Only this year I manage to go for some films. This year is 10th Chennai Film Festival, for which you can get a pass for Rs.500 to attend any of the films that are screened across many screens in the four days (13-16 December 2012). Though I am not an ardent film buff, I do enjoy a good cinema. International films open you to see different cultures, people & practises, it also makes you realise people across the world may look different, follow different faiths but all of them experience more or less same emotions.
Due to office work, I couldn’t go for the first day (Thursday, 13th Dec) and for much of the day today. Late evening I got out of work and went to Rani Seethai Hall (which has been provided with a special screen to show films for this festival) near Gemini Flyover to watch the 8:15 PM show. On the way, I grabbed few Veg Sandwiches from a Coffee Day outlet on the way as I knew I won’t get anything to eat or drink at this Hall and how right I was.
I have many fond memories of this Auditorium (Rani Seethai Hall) where I have gone with my Dad for many Tamil Comedy & Historic Plays during my school days. Recently the Hall has been completely renovated with modern settings, audio and acoustics. When I reached the venue crowds were walking out of the previous screening (which was a Tamil film) and hardly few dozens walked along with me for the next screening.