Deepika Padukone’s Piku, Shahid Kapoor‘s Haider and Kangana Ranaut’s Tanu weds Manu returns are among few which have been shortlisted for screening at the Indian film festival in Moscow.
According to a statement, the festival will be held at Formula Kino Gorizont and Indian Cultural Centre KSRK from September 3-6.
Indian film festival Russia promotes Indian cinema and culture by showcasing Indian films on a larger platform and supporting emerging Indian filmmakers.
The four-day fest is aimed at bridging the gap between two entertainment industries of the world – Russia and India. The event will include live music and dance performances, where Russian dancers will perform on Indian classical music. The fest, thus, will offer the Russian community a unique opportunity to learn about India’s diverse culture and a long history of filmmaking.
RC Dalal, the creative director of Indian film festival worldwide, said in a statement, “IFFW aims to make sure that Indian filmmakers reach the crossover audience which is still untouched. I thank Indian embassy for the support and making this film festival possible. I think after Raj Kapoor, this is the second big thing (from India) that is happening in Russia. Russians have always loved Indian cinema and this shows the prominence that the film industry of India has gained.”
IFFW has recently joined hands with Dr.Sarfraz Alam, director of Indian film festival Russia, and with their partnership, they will ensure activities are carried out in such a way that no other film festival in Russia has offered till date.
Captain Rahul Bali, curator of IFFW says, “Productivity is never an accident, it is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. I have always believed that alone we can do little but together we can do so much. The whole team of IFFW is committed to make IFFR a successful event by making sure that there are no old roads to this new direction.”
Bollywood celebrities, who are expected to attend the festival include Ayushmann Khurrana, Shoojit Sircar, Madhur Bhandarkar and Tabu.
Meanwhile, Indian film director, Shoojit Sircar of Vicky Donor fame will be the ‘director in focus’ at the fest, where Madras cafe and Dil dhadakne do will also be screened.