Crowded registration counters, empty theatres


Film enthusiasts whine for having missed their much awaited shows on day one of Bangalore International Film Festival, blame the organizers for poor management.

By Pradnya Desai

No division of labour was seen at the registration counter at Bangalore International Film Festival.

Amy, a movie buff told The Softcopy, “I am here for Marighella,” the debutant movie of Wagner Moura as a director, “and I am a huge Narcos fan,” she said. “But there is a single queue for those who are registering, collecting their pass and also to address grievances. I doubt if I’ll make it to the movie,” she added.

The counter had merely four windows, two for the delegates, one for the senior citizen and students, while the fourth for the film fraternity.

Despite having the capacity to hold 300 patrons, the theatre got about 150 viewers for Award winning film Shindisi.

Piyush, an event manager at BookMyShow said that they can’t reveal the number of passes dispersed yet. “We were promised twelve counters but instead are given just 2. How are we to manage in this space?”

The people complained that they received only their passes and no kit carrying the synopsis, as promised by the organizers. An organizer said, “The movie synopsis will be available by 4 PM.”

The newly appointed Chairman of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, Sunil Puranik personally looked into the dispersal of passes and addressed grievances of the cine lovers.

The OTT ticket booking agency was for the first time assigned the duty of registration and allocation of the passes. Many film lovers complained misplacement of their IDs by those who distributed passes.