The 10th Jagran Film Festival was inaugurated by hon’ble Minister of Information and Broadcasting Mr. Prakash Javadekar on 18th July 2019 in the august presence of film personalities like Anil Kapoor, Farah Khan, Adil Hussain, Shobu Yarlagadda, Ketan Mehtaand renowned film critic Rajeev Masand along with other dignitaries, who were also present at the inaugural ceremony at Sirifort Auditorium II New Delhi.

While inaugurating 10th Jagran film festival, Honb’le Minister of I&B informed the house that he has already held the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Golden Jubilee (50th) edition of the International Film festival of India at Goa on 14th of July 2019 and welcomed everybody to come to Goa to participate in the 50th IFFI. He congratulated Jagran. Prakashan Ltd for spreading film culture in the country and said, “New additions are being made every year.We should understand the meaning of Cinema, i.e “unification”. There is no life without cinema. Indian cinema is in big demand in the world. Indian Cinema is specially very popular in China. Single Window Concept has already stared for the foreign film makers. They get all their permissions/approvals for shooting in India within one week. Efforts are on to make the same system available to the Indian filmmakers at the earliest. National Museum of Indian Cinema has already been established in Mumbai to show case the history of Indian Cinema. “

The first day started with Cinema Summit session 1 on Future of Cinema – Breaking Language Barriers in Indian Cinema” with Shobu Yarlagadda and Ketan Mehta. Followed by Cinema Summit session 2 on Changing Landscape of Bollywood with Farah Khan and in-conversation of Indian Retrospective with Anil Kapoor. All the panel discussions were moderated by film critic Rajeev Masand.

World Premiere of “Ghawre Bairey Aaj”, directed by Aparna Sen, was screened as the Opening Film of 10th Jagran Film Festival. The Festival showcased several World and India premier, feature films, short movies/ documentaries on the first day. 4 World/India premiere movies & Documentary: Ghawre Bairey Aaj (World Premier), Hiroshima Carptheater (India Premier), The Right Pocket of the Robe (India Premier) and Paangshu (India Premier) were screened. Feature films: Coolie No. 1 (Homage to Kader Khan), Mr. India (Indian Retrospective of Anil Kapoor), Emotions and Musk. were screened.

Short films/documentaries: Meal (Opening short film and India Premier), A Monsoon Date, Coral Woman (Feature Documentary), Refugee by Mistake, The Phish Tale, Kulasamy, The Phish Tale, A Strange Night for Mr Shasmal and The Booth, were screened.

The second day of 10th Jagran Film Festival commenced with the in-conversation with Aparna Sen by Rajeev Masand. Many more film personalities like Onir, Pouran Derakhshandeh, Manahel Al Awadhi and Madhumita Sundararaman along with other dignitaries from Argentina as the Country Focus partner and Iran were also present at the second day of 10th JFF.

Interactive Q&A session between Onir, renowned Director and the audience present at the screening was organized. Rajnigandha Achiever’s Film “Gold” directed by Reema Kagti was also screened on 2 nd day.

India Premiere of “Widows of Vrindavan”, directed by Onir, was screened at the 10th Jagran Film Festival. The Festival showcased several World and India premieres, feature films, short movies/documentaries on its second day.

5 India premiere movies & Documentary: The Irish Prisoner (India Premiere & Country Focus Partner), The Two Lovers (India Premier), KD (India Premier) and Dirty Job (India Premier), Kya Hoga (India Premier) were screened along withFeature films: Paudha, Tumbbad, Imago, Sawah.

Short films/documentaries: A Flowering Tree, Sohna – A Flying Kid, Bingo, Claudia, Elevator to The Top Floor, Sahara, Moment of Miracle were screened along with Rajnigandha Achiever’s Film: Gold. World Retrospective: Under the Smokey Roof (Directed by – Pouran Derakhshandeh) and Master Class by TVF (Premier of 2 episodes of Kota Factory) were conducted on the second day.

The third day of 10th Jagran Film Festival witnessed one in-conversation with Rohit Shetty on Homage to Veeru Devgan and another with Siddhant Chaturvedi. Many more personalities from film fraternity like Rakesh Senger, Kireet Khurana along with other dignitaries were also present at the third day of 10th JFF.

Interactive Q&A session between KireetKhurana, Director of T for TajMahal and the audience present at the screeningwas organized along with an interactive Master Class by TVF organized by Saurabh Khanna, which talked about the nuances of film making and his association with TVF.

On the third day of the world’s largest travelling film festival, tribute to legendary action director VeeruDevgan was given by Rohit Shetty through an in-conversation with Rajeev Masand. The festival also showcased an independent Bangladeshi documentary – Hasina, where the role of the protagonist (Sheikh Hasina, the tenth Bangladeshi Prime Minister) was acted by Sheikh Hasina herself. Members from the embassy of Bangladesh in India were present to view the screening.Another international movie from Taiwan – Breast and House was screened in the presence of his excellency Hon. Ambassador Chung-Kwang Tien and other Taiwanese delegates. The movie Jhalki, was created to propagate the work of KailashSatyarthi Children’s foundation, an organization dedicated to emancipation of child labor in India.

The Jagran Film Festival kick started in Delhi on 18th July and will travel through Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Gorakhpur, Raipur, Indore and Bhopal. The festival will culminate on September 29, 2019 in Mumbai.

I congratulate Jagran Prakashan Ltd on the great success of the inauguration of 10 th Jagran film Festival in Delhi. I wish a great success of the only travelling film festival in India which will conclude in Mumbai. CinemaArticlesBollywood Trade Magazine