Dublin Mayor & Minister of Arts and Culture at IFFI Press Launch
The official press launch for Indian Film Festival of Ireland 2012 took place on Wednesday, 16th May, in Chester Beatty Library. Among the honourable guests speakers were Siraj Zaidi, organiser and founding father of the festival. His commitment and passion for Indian culture led from the first Indian film screenings 16 years ago to a film festival, which already became a part of Dublinʻs cultural life. The festival wouldnʼt be possible without the help and support of the Ministry of Arts, that is why Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan was keen to emphasise the importance of close industry connections between Irish and Indian movie industries.
ʻBollywood is a major movie industry, producing over 1000 feature films a year. Hopefully, after last yearʼs production Eak tha Tiger, which was shot in Dublin, there will be a boost for Irish industry in the Indian market.ʼ Such close connections between two countries is highly understandable and supported by the Indian ambassador Debashish Chakravarti. In his view, this festival represents both historical and modern relationships between Ireland and India. The chosen surroundings for the press launch of the festival couldnʼt have been more appropriate. Chester Beatty library has one of the greatest collection of Mughal Indian paintings that was collected by Sir. Chester Beatty since 1920ʼs. The library took part in the festival with a screening of Mughl-e-Azam for the Members Film Club on the Saturday, 9th June 2012.
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