5th Jagran Film Festival
Cinema is the most influential tool to brighten the horizon of one’s thinking. It is the mirror of the society depicting the true character of this world. The Jagran Film Festival is certainly one of the most coveted film festivals to take place in India. Started in the year 2010 there has been no looking back with more and more actors and directors getting associated with this festival which travels to numerous cities across the country.
The festival not only showcases Indian releases but also brings world cinema on the same platform. The short film competition forms a major part of this festival as it considers short films from round the world and has an elite jury to choose the best among them. The four day long film festival which will travel to 16 cities across India and screen over 400 movies was recently held at the Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi from 5th July-8th July, 2014.
Prominent and imminent personalities like Sudhir Mishra, Vijay Raaz, Atul Tiwari, Hansal Mehta, Subhash Ghai, Anubhav Sinha, Rahul Bhatt, Vikramaditya Motwane graced the 5th edition of the Jagran Film Festival. This initiative of the Dainik Jagran group has surely brought alive the film festival culture across India.
On the opening day, National Award winner Sudhir Mishra gave an inspirational speech on the importance of quality cinema in the country and how the Indian filmmakers have carved a niche` for themselves in the international market giving special mention to the maverick, Anurag Kashyap.
Mr. Basant Rathore, VP Strategy and Brand Develpoment, JPL threw light on the role of JFF in bringing this film festival culture into the Indian audiences. He further added that the youth of India is well read and watches a lot of world cinema which has unfolded the undiscovered territories.
The Showman of Indian Cinema, Subhash Ghai said, “For the cultural development of any country it is essentially important to showcase good cinema. Jagran Film Festival is a platform for such cinema; there are debates, workshops, competitions which encourages the youngsters to think. I thoroughly appreciate the concept and thought of Jagran Film Festivals and make sure I attend them.”
5th of July saw the special screening of yet to be released thriller ‘Ugly’, directed by the torch bearer of contemporary cinema in India, Anurag Kashyap. “When Anurag directs a film, as a producer you just invest, there is nothing else a producer does there. He decides and goes and makes the film,” laughed Vikramadiya Motwane, Producer, ‘Ugly’.
It is a very thought-provoking film and Anurag is a terrific director,” confessed Rahul Bhatt, while addressing the audiences before the screening
The movie stars Rahul Bhatt, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Ronit Roy, Girish Kulkarni, Surveen Chawla and Vinit Kumar Singh in pivotal roles. Produced by Phantom Films and DAR Motion Pictures and film has also been written by Kashyap.
On the remaining three days, numerous screening took place along with important discussions and seminars. Topics such as, ‘Casting-What do directors look for?’, ‘Investing in films, a losing venture or a viable option?’, ‘Is independent cinema taking over Bollywood?’ etc. were discussed with renowned speakers: Sudhir Mishra, Vijay Raaz, Atul Tiwari, Amol Gupte, Feroz Abbas Khan and many other sharing their views and experiences. The festival garnered a lot of attention with people from all age-groups flocking the auditoriums to watch the screenings.
Top five screenings at the Jagran Film Festival:
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore (Hindi)
Director: Vijay Raaz
Punjab 1984 (Punjabi)
Director: Anurag Singh
Director: Sanjeev Gupta
Outside The Law (French)
Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (Hindi)
Director: Shyam Benegal
Film festivals are a unique way to connect with the audiences. The Jagran Film Festival goes by the vision of screening content driven cinema which gives out a strong and impactful message to the audiences across the country.
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