GOA: IFFI Goa 2008 will be paying tributes to Bimal Roy, Devika Rani and L. V. Prasad in under a special section ‘Centenary Tributes’. In total, eight movies are being screened in the Centenary Tributes section.
Retrospective of Bimal Roy opened with his classic Do Bigha Zamin on the first day of the festival preceded by Remembering Bimal Roy, a non-feature film and Indian Panorama entry by his son Joy Bimal Roy. The birth centenary of Bimal Roy happens on 11 July, 2009. A Retrospective curated by Ratnottama Sengupta includes Bandini, Devdas and Gautama the Budha.
Devika Rani had been a dominant presence on the Indian film scenario in the early years of Indian cinema. She, along with her husband Himansu Rai, contributed significantly through collaboration on international projects and professionally run Bombay Talkies. In the festival, Karma, a 1933 classic produced by Rai and directed by J. L. Freerhunt and casting both Rai and Devika is being screened as a tribute.
Akkineni Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao, popularly known as L. V. Prasad, was a Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner with a huge repertoire in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. His Dadi Maa and Ek Duje Ke Liye are being featured as tribute to the doyen.