Everything that could possibly go wrong at the 50th International Film Festival Of India(IFFI) in Goa has gone wrong.
The VIP invitees are talking in hushed whispers about mismanagement.
Says a VIP source from Goa, “The films being screened sucked. The arrangements were below par and there was chaos everywhere. Mr Bachchan’s driver went missing and he could be seen looking around helplessly. Many of the guests were not informed or not fully informed about the schedules.”
The worst blow was the official brochure for the Festival bungled up with Satyajit Ray’s picture and ended up putting Gulzar’s picture as Ray.
These are not small mistakes. Jury head Priyadarshan admits the Festival could be better organized. “There were too many loose ends.And the films were not uniformly meritorious. But nothing major to complain about.”
However Priyan admits it is unlikely he would be back next year.
Singer and parliamentarian Baabul Supriyo who was one of the Festival organizers says, “Everyone tried their very best to make the Festival a success.But if there’s any criticism –and I am talking about the positive ones , not the ones with political overtone– in any area, we shall sure look into it with utter sincerity and respect.”