The 8th Jagran Film festival was inaugurated on 1st July 2017 at Sirifort Auditurium New Delhi. Rishi Kapoor and dignitaries including Hon. Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, The Moroccan Ambassador H.E. Mr. Mohamed Maliki graced the occasion in vibrancy .The occasion marked the special screening of the unreleased movie ‘Fakir of Venice’ in presence of its Director and Producer duo – Anand Surapur, Punit Desai Celebrities lighted the inauguration ceremony lamp to illuminate the occasion of India’s only Traveling Film Festival 2017.

The mega city and the capital of India, New Delhi was the host of the glittering opening ceremony and the first week of the 8th Jagran Film Festival 2017. The gala event was held in the heart of South Delhi at Sri Fort Auditorium II in presence of acclaimed actors, dignitaries, filmmakers, and cinema lovers. The occasion of ‘lighting the lamp’ and ‘cutting the ribbon’ was done in the company of eminent Bollywood personalities including Rishi Kapoor, Director and Producer pair – Anand Surapur and Punit Desai , Divya Dutta (Jury Member), Tannishta Chatterjee, Manoj Srivastva, strategic Consultant and the Jagran official team.

During the ceremony, Mr. Rishi Kapoor followed by Hon. Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, director and producer of The Fakir of Venice, and later, the Morocco Ambassador staged their views on the Jagran Film Festival as a great initiative to bond people for the love of cinema. Lamp lighting ceremony was done by the whole group of eminent personalities present at the event.

The one-of-its-kind event saw a screening of new and bold narratives, including the special screening of ‘Fakir of Venice’ and the mega trailer launch of the most anticipated film of the year ‘Mom’, which opens in cinema this week. The critically acclaimed Director and Producer pair- Anand Surapur and Punit Desai were present at the festival for the first screening of ‘The Fakir of Venice’. First day had screenings of popular Bollywood films including Hindi Medium, Naam, Shabana, and the rare European titles-Purple Horizons and Horses of God.

Jagran Film Festival has reached new heights from its inception in 2009 and today, it is marked as India’s only Traveling Film Festival, executed in a way to transcend cultural and geographical boundaries of India and unite them for the love of cinema. Jagran Film Festival has gained immense popularity and each year it attempts to present a treat for cinema lovers by showing unique and popular movies during the show. 

Mr Basant Rathore, Senior Vice President, Jagran Prakashan said, “I am elated to be a part of the 8th edition of the Jagran Film Festival which is truly India’s only Traveling Film Festival. We have successfully presented a series of local and international film screenings every year, and the fact that many leading personalities of Bollywood embrace the occasion every year to share their passion, views and further engage with cinema, is a testimony to the fact that how much they love this distinguished platform. We are honoured to have their participation, and at the same time, see the amazing response from the growing audience every year.”

In 2017 too, a mix of famous and critically acclaimed movies were shown and appreciated by lakhs of people across the country. On the screening list are famous movies including Hindi titles like Agneepath, Pink, Shivaay, and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story to share few names. Renowned English movies such as The Social Network and Black Cat to other foreign language movies like BRAVO VIRTUOSO and The Letter Box will be played across the different venues (of Jagran Film Festival) in India in 2017. The Kingdom of Morocco is the ‘Country Focus’ partner at the festival in 2017. This fresh association means a bunch of ten Moroccan feature retreat for cinema-lovers in the 16 cities of India.

Some prominent sections of the Festival are World Panorama, Indian Showcase, Jagran Shorts, Jagran Discovery, Country Focus and the Retrospective of films. The 2017 edition of Jagran Film Festival will traverse from Delhi to the Indian hinterlands of Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Dehradun, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Indore, Hisar, Ludhiana, Meerut, Raipur, and culminate in Mumbai.

I congratulate the organizers of 8th Jagran Film festival on the successful Inaugural ceremony of the festival at Sirifort New Delhi on 1st July 2017 and wish them great success of the entire journey of the Travelling Festival till it finally reaches Mumbai and concludes with the Award function.

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