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Sikkim gears up for Hindi film festival

 MUMBAI, Jan 31 - Sikkim is gearing up to host a three-day film festival. Titled Global Cinema Festival, the gala event will be held in Gangtok from February 28 to March 1. It is an effort to reach out to maximum local cinema lovers in the country with Hindi language films.

 The festival will be supported by the Government of Sikkim in collaboration with Sikkim Film Cooperative Society Limited.

Global Cinema Festival is an initiative of the Film Federation of India (FFI) to take popular cinema to smaller cities where there are not enough movie theatres and where no film festivals of national or international standing has gone before.

Talking about the event, Rahul Banerjee, member, Sikkim Film Cooperative Society, said: “The kind of beautiful landscapes and natural resources we have in Sikkim is amazing. I would request filmmakers like Karan Johar and others to shoot at least 10 per cent of their films in Sikkim to start with, if they plan to shoot abroad, like in Switzerland. We will ensure they have a good experience and they come back to shoot many more films.”

During the course of the festival, FFI together with Media and Entertainment Skill Council and Peerless Skill Academy, will organise a special media and entertainment-related drive. In addition, there will be master classes and other local cultural events.

FFI president Firdausul Hasan said: “Last year we did the film festival in Siliguri and this year we are organising it in Sikkim. Many producers and filmmakers will attend it. The idea behind this is to take the filmmakers to various places in Sikkim, for them to understand the landscapes, discuss film policies and encourage people to invest in things like miniplexes, to promote films in the North East.”

Veteran actor Randhir Kapoor, director Rahul Rawail and cinematographer Binod Pradhan are expected to attend the festival. Pradhan will be honoured with ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ for his significant contribution to Indian cinema. – IANS

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