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Jammu KashmirPune to host J&K Int’l Film Festival from June 11 to 15

Pune to host J&K Int’l Film Festival from June 11 to 15


New Delhi, May 23

The city of Pune will host the Jammu and Kashmir Film Festival–the first of its kind organised outside J&K from June 11-15.

“The festival is aimed at providing a platform to all the film makers from J&K, especially the young and amateur. The festival is also aimed at showcasing the , lifestyle, development and other stories from all regions of J&K, through the medium of films,” said Sanjay Nahar, head of Sarhad, a Pune based NGO.

The film screenings on June 12-15 will be held in the auditorium of National Film Archives of (NFAI) and the closing ceremony will be held in the Anna Bhau Sathe Sabhagraha, Pune.

Nahar took an initiative in 2019 to organize a Film Festival, by the name and style of J&K International Film Festival (JAKIFF) but the same could not fructify due to Covid-19 generated turmoil.

JAKIFF is the first festival of J&K films of such a scale organising outside J&K. Films of all genres and music will be included in the festival. Sarhad has already received 51 films/music videos and are expecting more in coming days.

Other than the feature films, short films, short documentaries and music videos sent by the producers for the competition and non-competition sections, popular Hindi feature films of yesteryears like Mainzraat, Kashmir Ki Kali, Arzoo, Do Badan, Aap Ki Kasam, Bobby, Junglee, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Roti, Kabhie Kabhie, Betaab, etc., shall also be screened in the festival.

Super cinestar of yesteryears, Sharmila Tagore, who featured in the “Kashmir Ki Kali” film, and cinestar-turned politician Urmila Matondkar are expected to attend the festival.

Vijay Dhar (who is going to open a multiplex in Kashmir after a gap of 35 years), Pran Kishore, Abhijit Patil, Mushtaq Chaya and Mir Sarwar shall be felicitated during the festival for their contribution in promotion of films in Kashmir.

The director of this festival is Mushtaaque Ali Khan, who is a noted cultural and film activist from Kashmir. Nahar said the festival will further cement the ties between Srinagar and Pune as “Sister Cities”. The municipal corporations of the two cities had signed MoU for cultural and other exchanges. Sarhad, which was the force behind the project, is a nodal agency with regard to implementation of the MoU.

Considering the novelty and importance of the event, senior leaders cutting across party lines including Sharad Pawar (President NCP), Sushil Kumar Shinde (former Union Home Minister ),Altaf Bukhari (President J&K Apni Party), Amit Deshmukh (Culture Minister of Maharashtra) and other dignitaries / film Celebrities have already given their consent to attend it. Meanwhile, the organisers have decided to dedicate the festival to the international fame Santoor maestro Jammu-born Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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