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Focus on My Brother Nikhil Star line-up for AIDS film festival
- Focus on My Brother Nikhil

Shillong, April 7: My Brother Nikhil may have touched many hearts, but Shillongites will have the rare opportunity of watching the film in the presence of its actor-producer Sanjay Suri.

The Assam Rifles Wives Welfare Association is organising a three-day film festival from April 22 at Anjalee cinema and the State Central Library, and is hoping to rope in quite a few names of the film industry.

President of the association Winnie Singh told newspersons today that films of national and international repute would screened at the festival.

She said Suri would be present at the screening of his film, My Brother Nikhil, which takes a new look at AIDS and homosexuality.

Director Revathi Menon and her film Phir Milenge ' on the struggle of an HIV positive woman ' will also be part of the festival.

Nana Patekar, Victor Banerjee and Meera Nair are also likely to assemble at the capital to be part of the festival. 'The purpose of the film festival is to bring to national and international focus the problem of HIV/AIDS in the Northeast. The Assam Rifles has the reach to go to the remotest parts and it has been taking the initiative for awareness and prevention of AIDS as a uniform intervention,' said the president of the Assam Rifles Wives Welfare Association.

Perhaps the disease has also affected the paramilitary force, which reportedly has cases of HIV-AIDS among its ranks.

The Assam Rifles, however, has not made any official statement on the issue.

The film festival follows a four-day spring festival, beginning on Saturday, which will be held at the Polo Ground here.

Director general of Assam Rifles, Lt Gen. Bhupinder Singh, on the other hand, said the Assam Rifles would continue with its initiatives to make the town an international golfers' destination.

The Assam Rifles, together with the Meghalaya tourism department and the Shillong Club, which manages the affairs of the Golf Club, have been instrumental in giving a facelift to the fairways and pine-rimmed greens of the 130-year old 'heritage golf course.

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