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Friday, August 26, 2016

I&B ministry to organize film festival ahead of BRICS summit


Ahead of the eighth BRICS summit to be held in Panaji, Goa on 16 and 17 October, the government will conduct a five-day film festival in Delhi, where four movies each from BRICS nations will be screened.BRICS is a grouping of five large emerging economies—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.The festival will open on 2 September with the world premiere of the Malayalam movie Veeram, directed by national award winner Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair, the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry said. The festival will be held at Delhi’s Siri Fort auditorium complex.In five days, 20 movies will be showcased in a competition section to be judged by a five-member panel. Apart from Veeram, India will showcase S.S. Rajamouli directed Baahubali— The Beginning, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone-starrer Bajirao Mastani, Kaushik Ganguly directed Cinemawala and Raam Reddy directed Thithi.

“BRICS film festival would be a bioscope that would showcase distinct cultures, cuisines and arts from the participating countries. A step taken to build bridges and bring harmony amongst the BRICS countries, the festival would ensure more people-to-people contact between member countries especially youth,” I&B minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.The festival will close on 6 September with the Chinese movie Skiptrace starring Jackie Chan.Apart from films, the ministry has also organized a craft fair in which the member nations will put up souvenirs and other articles for sale. “Exclusive cuisines from all the BRICS nations would also be available at the food court arranged in the festival venue,” the ministry said in a statement.

The festival will also stage performances by the Chengdu Performing Arts Theatre (China), Theatre Leningrad Centre Dreams of Russia and MBZ Music Production (South Africa).The BRICS summit is expected to attract 900 delegates from member countries. According to the statement issued by the ministry, India has planned activities like an under-17 football tournament, a youth summit and a young diplomats’ forum at the summit.India’s emphasis would be on institution-building and implementation of commitments from past summits, besides exploring synergies among the various existing and established framework mechanisms of the BRICS, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had said on 22 March.


Forwarded By:- Jainendar Nigam, PB News Desk,prasarbharati.newsdesk@gmail.com

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