First Ever Indian Film Festival Hosted in Kenya
The First-Ever Indian Film Festival Kenya organised by the High Commission of India, Kenya Film Commission and Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) concluded on a high note in Nairobi coinciding with India’s 73rd Independence Day. The Festival attended by Crème da la Crème of Africa was marked by the presence of Minister for Information, Communication & Technology Joe Mucheru and His Excellency, Indian High Commissioner to Kenya Rahul Chhabra.
Arjun Rampal, Diana Hayden, Raju Chadha, Rahul Mittra, Umesh Shukla, Dharam Mehra, Ajay Arora, Sippy Chadha & Ishika Taneja walked the Red Carpet and were awarded for their contribution towards Cinema. Six movies were showcased during the festival – Daddy, OMG, Highway, Wrong Side Raju, Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai, and Subira which were loved by the audience in Kenya.
Arjun Rampal said, “Kenya is a truly a land of contrast, beautiful destinations and lovely people and I am in love with Kenya”. Film Maker Rahul Mittra added, “He had been all around the world but Kenya is perfect in every way and nothing matches the calmness and warmth around Mombasa and the astounding wildlife of Masai Mara.”
“With ICT Minister Joe Mucheru pledging to review the Films & Stage Plays Act of Kenya to make it more friendly for moviemakers, it’s surely time for some Bollywood action in Kenya and we look forward to shooting a film here soon,” said Film Maker Raju Chadha.
The Indian Film Festival closed with an interactive Round Table Conference which was a business forum where various opportunities and challenges were discussed among the Indian Film Makers and key stakeholders from Kenya to promote Kenya as a preferred film shooting destination.
The Indian High Commissioner Rahul Chhabra said, “Initiatives like The Indian Film Festival Kenya are sure to promote the bilateral relations between India and Kenya to the next level. I am extremely delighted by the participation of Indian Film Fraternity as well as the response of both the Government & people of Kenya towards this honest endeavor and we want to make it an annual event in our calendar of events”.
Source: EVENT FAQ