The capital is set to host Pravasi Film Festival 2010 Jan 3-6 next year. Films made by Indians living abroad or made outside the country will be showcased at the fest in its first edition. President of Mauritius Sir Anerood Jugnauth unveiled the awards that will be given away at the festival. “I am proud to be associated with this event” said the President of the Republic of Mauritius.
It is being organised by the international bi-lingual monthly Pravasi Today in collaboration with the India Habitat Centre (IHC) with the support of the Mauritius High Commission in India and Asian Academy Of Film and Television (AAFT). Around 20 films will be screened at the gala including ‘Monsoon Wedding’, ‘New York’, ‘99′, ‘The President Is Coming’ and ‘Inner World of Shah Rukh Khan’.
“Films made by Yash Chopra and Sippy Productions will also be screened during the festival .Cinema personalities like Sharmila Tagore, Adhoor Gopalakrishan, Sohal Ali Khan, Amrita Rao, Prakash Jha, Karan Razdan, and Satish Kaushik are expected to attend the four-day event” informed Sandeep Marwah, the president of Asian Academy of Film And Television. “We will give complete media and technical support to the festival” Marwah added.
The first ever Pravasi Film Festival will honour veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey with the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to cinema, said Anil Joshi, the Festival Director.
We are working mainly on the identity issues of the diaspora this year. The idea is to create a single window system for filmmakers of Indian origin who want to connect to the Indian audiences through their work,” said Dubey the Dy Director of the Festival Others who spoke on the occasion were Rajeev Shukla, Manoj Bajpai, Aruna Vasudev, Ashok Chakardhar, Minister of Sstate, Labour and Employement Harish Rawart.