Cinema captures the essence of an emotion and binds people together irrespective of their nationality or language, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday.
Inaugurating the ninth edition of the Jagran Film Festival in New Delhi along with actors Tabu and Pooja Bhatt, he said the contribution of Indian filmmakers in uniting the country has been extraordinary. Prasad congratulated the organisers of JFF, a movie gala which will go to 18 cities for a duration of three months starting from Friday. The fest will travel to Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Meerut, Agra, Gorakhpur, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Indore, Ludhiana, Hisar, Raipur and Dehradun before culminating in Mumbai
Jagran Film Festival opened with 3 Idiotas, the Mexican adaptation of Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots. Some of the titles to be showcased at the gala include Village Rockstars, Kadvi Hawa, S Durga, Bioscopewala, The Hungry and Ajji
There is also a retrospective of Tabu's works. Films like Maqbool, Maachis, Iruvar, Kandukondain Kandukondain, Astitva, The Namesake and Cheeni Kum are part of the schedule
As part of a tribute to Bollywood legends Shashi Kapoor, Kundan Shah and Sridevi, some iconic movies of the late celebrities will also be showcased
In pic: Film critic Mayank Shekhar with Tabu
While talking about Cheeni Kum, in which she plays a 34-year-old software engineer who falls in love with a 64-year-old chef, Tabu said her role was so close to her real self that it was "Tabu playing Tabu... almost... except that it hasn't happened in real life". "I can so be that person, and I understand her totally, I get her, and that's why I think I could do that. I was convinced of their romance. Also, of course, you have to give 200 per cent credit to the man (Amitabh Bachchan) who I was romancing, and that's why it was that much convincing," she said
Pooja Bhatt clicked at Jagran Film Festival
Pooja Bhatt speaking at 9th Jagran Film Festival
After the master talk between Tabu and Mayank Shekhar about the actress' three-decade journey of success in Bollywood, the festival saw formal inauguration and screening of Vikas Chandras short film Maya
Saurabh Shukla also attended the ninth edition of the Jagran Film Festival
Bollywood celebrities including Tabu, Pooja Bhatt, and Saurabh Shukla, Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the 9th edition of Jagran Film Festival. Here are the photos from the event. (All pics/Pallav Paliwal)
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