SCO Film Festival 2023 opens in Mumbai
Anurag Thakur calls for forging cinematic partnership among SCO nations
Mumbai/New Delhi: The five-day SCO Film Festival opened in Mumbai Friday evening in a glittering ceremony with the Union Minister Anurag Thakur and Minister of State Meenakshi Lekhi lighting the lamp along with other dignitaries.
The Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony Hema Malini and other eminent film personalities like Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff, Sajid Nadiadwala, Esha Gupta, Poonam Dhillon, Eli Avram, Hrishita Bhatt, and Jacky Bhagnani were felicitated on the occasion.
“Indian movies are a rage across SCO countries and have played a great role in people-to-people connections,” said the Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur adding that showcasing the diversity of films and styles of filmmaking from the SCO region is a major goal of the film festival.
Thakur further said this festival provides an incredible opportunity to forge a cinematic partnership between the countries of this region.
The SCO Film Festival screens a total of 57 films and 14 Films have been nominated in the Competition Section of the Film Festival. These include PanNalin’s Oscar-short-listed Gujarati Film ‘ChhelloShow’ and Nikhil Mahajan’s award-winning Marathi Film ‘Godavari’.
The SCO Film Festival is being held during India’s Presidency of the International Cooperation Organization. It also coincides with the celebration of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
‘Bharat Hai Hum’ animation series promo released
On this occasion, the Promo of the animation series “Bharat Hai Hum” was released. The 52-part series being produced by the Central Bureau of Communication in collaboration with Graphiti Multi-Media on behalf of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, tells the story of known and unknown freedom fighters to our most precious audience – the Children.
The series under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav banner is being anchored by the affable cartoon characters Krish, Trish, and Baltiboy created by Munjal Shroff and Tilak Shetty. Veteran playback singer Sudesh Bhosale has given the voice-over.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), formed in 2001 is the world’s largest regional organization in terms of geographic scope and population, covering approximately 60% of the area of Eurasia, 40% of the world population, and more than 30% of the global GDP. India, China, Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are the member nations.