New Delhi (NM Bureau): Iconic Russian films were on screens here in Indian towns for last four days with the “Russian Film Days” in India inaugurated on Friday with dignitaries, cine-stars and indian fans in attendance. The festival received warm response and film critics in India are in anticipation of more collaboration in Indo-Russian film industry.
The fourth edition of the film festival “Russian Film Days” in India held from 12th to 15th of October in three major cities of India concluded today. The event was part of the cultural events at Russia-India Annual Summit and the meeting of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi held last week.
The inaugural event was marked by the world premiere of the Russian movie “The Last Trial”, a saga depicting a true terror hostage event.
Expanding its boundaries with the growing popularity, the most successful and prominent films were shown to enthusiastic audience in Delhi but in the city of Pune and the headquarters of Bollywood, the Metropolis of Mumbai.
The opening ceremony of the film festival was held at Russian Center of Culture and Science here on Friday and was attended by Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev among others.
“Films and other art forms play an important role in bringing countries and its people closer and we look forward to the exchange through films and film fraternity as a means to strengthen the age-old friendship between India and Russia,” Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev said speaking in the inaugural ceremony.
Audience present during the inaugural ceremony of the festival competed with each other to meet and shake hands with “The Last Trial” actresses Annа Churina and Alisa Grebenschikova.
Apart from “The Last Trial”, the other leading of Russian box office films screened in three Indian cities included, drama on sport “Ice”, cosmic drama “Spacewalkers”, the first part of a cinema series “Gogol. The beginning”, the comedy “Well, hello there, Oksana Sokolova”, fairytale “The Last Warrior” and animation film “Sheep and Wolves”.
The actor of “Gogol.The Beginning” Artem Tkachenko also was a rage with the audience who competed to shake hands and meet the Russian hero.
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The organisers of the event have expressed their wish to expand the Indo-Russian film engagement. The first festival “Russian Film Days” was first held in India in 2015. The organising of the event was mentioned in the joint statement of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the Prime-Minister of India Narendra Modi during the BRICS summit a year before.