One of the most coveted film festivals in India — The Jagran Film Festival — is back with its 10th edition. The world’s largest travelling film festival will be inaugurated by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Mr. Prakash Javadekar. The schedule for this must-attend Delhi chapter from 18th to 21st July at Siri Fort Auditorium has been announced. Eminent film personalities like Anil Kapoor, Farah Khan, Shobu Yarlagadda, Ketan Mehta and film critic Rajeev Masand will also be present at the inauguration.
The first day of the film festival will witness two-panel discussions in the Cinema Summit category, on “Future of Cinema…Breaking Language Barriers in Indian Cinema” with Shobu Yarlagadda and Ketan Mehta, and “Changing Landscape of Bollywood” with Farah Khan. These panel discussions will be moderated by film critic Rajeev Masand.
The festival will kick-off with an in-conversation with Anil Kapoor. There will also be discussions with Rohit Shetty, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Aparna Sen, Udita Jhunjhunwala, Pouran Derakhshandeh and Ishan Khattar have also been planned during the four-day film festival. Four Argentinian films will be screened at the festival, as Argentina is the country in focus, including The Irish Prisoner which will be screened as an India premiere.
On the first day of the festival, Audi 2 will see Rajeev Masand in a discussion with Farah Khan on the changing landscape of Bollywood at 3:12 pm. He will be in conversation with Anil Kapoor next, at 4:15 pm, in a talk titled ‘Indian Retrospective’. This will be followed by the world premiere of the film Ghawre Bairey Aaj, directed by Aparna Sen.
Audi 3 will be screening the short film starring Konkana Sen Sharma — A Monsoon Date — at 11:40 am. This will be followed by the India premiere of the Japanese film Hiroshima Carp Theater at 12:20 pm and the Greek film The Right Pocket of the Robe at 2:05 pm.
Audi 4 will be screening the Bengali short film ‘Meal‘ at 11:45 am. The film, Coolie No. 1 will next be screened as a homage to the late Kader Khan at 12:30 pm. This will be followed by the screening of the Arabic film, Musk at 5:30 pm, among many other films.
On the second day of the festival, Audi 2 will see a discussion between Rajeev Masand and celebrated director Aparna Sen at 11:15 am. This will be followed by the screening of the Spanish film, The Irish Prisoner at 4:50 pm, among many others throughout the day.
In the Audi 3, the Hindi film, Tumbbad will be screened at 5 pm, among other films. There is also the Asia premiere of the Iranian film Dirty Job at 7:20 pm.
It’s a mix of regional cinema in Audi 4, which will screen the Marathi film, Imago at 11 am, followed by the Indian premiere of the Bengali film, Widows of Vrindavan at 1:25 pm. There’s also the Indian premiere of the Hindi film, Kyaa Hogaa happening at 5:50.
On the third day of the festival, Rajeev Masand will be in conversation with Rohit Shetty in a talk titled ‘Homage to Veeru Devgn‘ in Audi 2. At 6 pm, the Hindi film Gully Boy will be screened, followed by a discussion between Gully Boy actor Siddhanth Chaturvedi and Rajeev Masand.
Audi 3 will screen the Hindi film T for Taj Mahal at 12:25 pm, followed by the Malayalam film, Virus at 2:35 pm, among other films.
Mixing things up a bit, Audi 4 will feature a master class by The Viral Fever (TVF) at 12:5 pm. It’s a treat for International film lovers after that, with the Chinese film, Wolf being screened at 6:30 pm, followed by the Greek film, Holy Bloom at 8 pm.
On the fourth and last day of the festival, Audi 2 will see the Assamese film Bulbul Can Sing at 1:45 pm. This will be followed by the India premiere of the Hindi film, Chintu Ka Birthday at 3:30 pm. Actor Ishaan Khatter will be present for a discussion on films at 5:10 pm which sounds like fun!
The Audi 3 will be screening a host of regional cinema like the Punjabi film Mehsampur at 11 am, followed by the Telegu film C/O Kancherapalem at 12:55 pm, among others. The closing film is an English film called Late Night which will premiere at 6:50 pm.
The Audi 4 will be screening the German film, The Journey at 2:30 pm, followed by the Greek film In This Land Nobody Knew How To Cry at 4 pm. The final film for the evening will be the premiere of the Hindi movie — Children Playing God. The sound of which seems like it will be the perfect end to the 4-day festival in Delhi!
With such an amazing lineup of films and talks, we are certainly looking forward to celebrating great cinema in these four days!