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Film fest inaugurated in city

Governor Krishan Kant Paul and members of the film industry at U Soso Tham auditorium in Shillong on Monday. Telegraph picture

Shillong, March 3: The Indian Panorama Film Festival was put in motion here today in the presence of some of Bollywood actors.

Governor Krishan Kant Paul formally inaugurated the festival at U Soso Tham auditorium. The inaugural function was witnessed by Bollywood actors, including Kainaat Arora, Bruna Abdullah and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

The film festival is being organised by the Union ministry of information and broadcasting in collaboration with the Meghalaya department of information and public relations and the directorate of film festivals.

In his speech, Paul said the Northeast is a “multi-shaded mosaic” where films can play a huge role in the context of cultural integration. He also encouraged the film industry to “take advantage" of Meghalaya.

Raghvendra Singh, joint secretary in the Union information and broadcasting ministry, hoped that the festival would become a regular feature of the Indian film calendar and, thereby, provide continuous encouragement for the industry in Meghalaya.

After the inaugural function, the first film of the four-day event — Dekh Indian Circus — was screened. In the film, Siddiqui is the lead actor.

Earlier, Meghalaya minister for information and public relations A.L. Hek launched the photo exhibition on 100 Years of Indian Cinema at the State Convention Centre.

Tomorrow, films like Ka Lad and Ajana Batas will be screened. There will also be a workshop on cinematography. A special seminar on promoting Meghalaya as a film destination will be held at the State Convention Centre where chief minister Mukul Sangma will be the chief guest.

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