A wonder jury on wheelchair at IFFK 2022

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Paresh’s journey from his house ‘Jamuna’ in Koovapadam in Kochi to a noted film critic and cinephile is an example of willpower.

Paresh C Palicha

Thiruvananthapuram: He had always to run extra miles on his wheelchair to catch up with the speed of film scenes that operate at 24 frames per second. But, Paresh C Palicha, suffering from cerebral palsy, is a fighter and refuses to give in to the disorder.

Fighting all odds, he caught up with the fast-moving world and now has become a jury at this year’s International Film Festival of Kerala. He is also a member of the jury that selected the international films for the festival.

Paresh’s journey from his house ‘Jamuna’ in Koovapadam in Kochi to a noted film critic and cinephile is an example of willpower.

Paresh was born to Gujarati native Charan Das and Bombay native Indu. His childhood was filled with misery due to his condition. He fuelled his passion for films when he discovered it. He is the official Malayalam movie critic for Rediff.com and Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). The movies selected by Paresh and other jury members, including VK Joseph and GP Ramachandran, are being screened under the World Cinema category at this year’s festival.

He gained recognition after the English review of Mani Ratnam’s movie ‘Bombay’ was published in Femina Magazine in 1995. He became a regular writer on Times of India and other English dailies after that. He shared his views and critical reviews through blogs and his website. He is currently working at a private company in Kochi.

He takes cinema very seriously and wishes to direct a movie someday. His friend recently gifted him a camera that can be fitted in a wheelchair. With this, he is inching closer towards his dream of directing a movie.

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