When asked what kinds of movies and documentaries would be shown, a representative responded, “We want to show feel-good and uncontroversial movies”.
As promised in the “Rozgar” Budget from the previous year, the Delhi government will hold its first “International Film Festival” in August, just before the G20 Summit. The film festival, which is currently in planning, will take place at Siri Fort Auditorium.
To avoid any “controversy,” the government will show foreign films, documentaries, and classic Indian movies instead of “movies like The Kashmir Files or Pathaan,” according to insiders.
The festival was suggested as a component of the Delhi Film Policy, which was introduced in May of last year to highlight the city’s diverse and rich culture as well as make it a popular location for filming. Because this could lead to job creation, the scheme was also mentioned in the budget’s employment section.
According to a senior official, the Delhi government’s tourism department will host a seven-day film festival at Siri Fort Auditorium from August 18 to 25. The festival’s dates have been chosen, and preparation is already underway. It will be held in August, ahead of the G20 Summit, and films and television shows will be shown. Although there are many excellent movies, the festival will also recognize participating nations because the Summit is just around the corner. The festival will also feature films and documentaries from these nations, an official announced.
An official responded, “We want to screen feel-good and non-controversial movies,” when asked about the types of movies and documentaries that will be shown. We will concentrate on Indian classics such as Mughal-e-Azam, Sholay, Mother India, and so on. We want to organize festivals that are peaceful, successful, and joyful… There are no plans to screen controversial films like The Kashmir Files or Pathaan…”
Officials also stated that there are numerous excellent foreign documentaries and films to choose from. The tourism department will form a jury or panel to select the films. According to the official, the film festival will likely invite artists, actors, and celebrities from the film industry. Films from the grouping’s member countries are likely to be screened at the film festival.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced last year that the government plans to host the Delhi Film Excellence Awards, where film crew members will also be honored. “The film festival will be similar to the Cannes Film Festival,” Sisodia previously stated.
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