Jagran film festival, a Jagran group initiative is an earnest effort to spread the culture of cinema admiration and generate a platform that connects great content with audiences in the entire country. The 7th Jagran film festival started on 1st of July at Siri fort auditorium, Delhi. With over 400+ screenings across 16 cities, the festival aims to reach to an audience of around 50,000 people.
Zee entertainment enterprises ltd’s sole initiative Zeal for Unity aims to unite the nations with the help of their creative leaders. For this purpose zee has partnered 12 filmmakers from India and Pakistan to spread the message of unity.
Along with the inaugural ceremony, the first day witnessed the screening of two movies based on the pain of partition. First movie, “Toba Tek Singh” was directed by Indian director Ketan Mehta. Ketan Mehta has always known for unconventional cinema and this movie too is a great example of his extraordinary talent. Second movie that was screened was directed by Sahiba Kumar, Pakistani director. The movie was titled “Chote Shah”. Naseeruddin Shah was the chief guest of the evening. The other talented bunch of creative experts including Ballu Saluja, Sandesh Shandilya, Shekhar Das, Avinash Arun, Rahul Shantaram and Khalid Ahmed and Jahnu Barua graced the event with their presence.
On 2 July, 2016 Saturday, “Bollywood Diaries”, a movie on the lives of three people who struggle to make their place in the huge crowd of Bollywood was screened. The movie is directed by K D Satyam.The movie was screened in auditorium 3. Followed by the screening a panel discussion on the topic-“Cinema beyond Borders” with the experts Sudhir Mishra, Khalid Ahmed and Sahiba Kumar took place.
The 7th Jagran Film Festival is a 5 day event which will include screening of various movies directed by Indian and Pakistani filmmakers, panel discussions with the experts, and seminars.