Jagran Film Festival commenced with an electrifying opening ceremony on September 24 at Fun Republic, Andheri West, Mumbai. The festival got off to a rousing start with the ceremonial tradition of lighting a lamp. The event was graced by several eminent personalities of the Indian film industry. The presence of Chief Guest Akshay Kumar, Indian Film and Stage Actress Nimrat Kaur who lit the lamp, Anil Sharma, Sudhir Mishra, Dorothy Briere, Manoj Srivastava, Sai Tamhankar, Mayor of Mumbai Sunil Prabhu and many others from the entertainment industry made the atmosphere almost contagious, filled with much of enthusiasm and anticipation.
The festival began with the screening of the film Water which also marked the Asian premiere of the film. This 120 minute feature was born out of a unique Israeli-Palestinian cinematic cooperation. Produced by the Film and Television department of the Tel Aviv University in association with Tu Vas Voir, WATER was a beautiful compilation of some fictional and self-experience based stories. Also present on the occasion were the directors of the film Yael Perlov, NirSa’ar and Maya Sarfaty, Mohammad Fuad, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Barghouti, Pini Tavger and Tal Haring.
Other films screened on the opening day of the festival were Haco Cheko’s 72 minute Turkish film Nowhere Li Vir, Sanjay Jadhav’s 132 minute Marathi film Duniyadari, and Kundan Shah’s 143 minute classic Jane Bhi Do Yaaron. The opening ceremony’s red carpet, followed by film screening witnessed an illustrious gathering of filmmakers, renowned litterateurs, cinephiles and scribes.
Began with great pomp and aplomb, the first day of the 4th Jagran Film Festival set pace for the six-day long cinematic extravaganza. The festival promises to feature the finest works of cinematic geniuses from India and many other countries. More than 50 national and international feature and short films would be showcased in the final edition of this festival.