Srinagar, June 12: Prominent film celebrities will be attending the 3rd Edition of Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) commencing from 19th -25th June at Tagore Hall here, said a statement issued by the organizers.
The celebrities who have been locked for the festival include Tanishaa Mukerji, Rajit Kapur, Imran Khan, Raj Bhansal, Komal Nahta, Gauhar Raza, Mir Sarwar and others. The delegates are coming from the places like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Jammu and others.
Festival Director, Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan said that the preparations for the festival are going on in full swing. “All the people connected with the Kashmir World Film Festival are working day and night to complete the preparation for its 3rd edition on time,” he said.
However, the films celebrities have expressed high spirits for organizing this film festival. “I have been associated with this festival since the first edition and I will always be there. To make this festival a huge success, we need the support from so many quarters. I am very positive about the future of the festival and it has to go a long way. I see a bright future for KWFF,” said Rajit Kapur, an actor and a director.
Komal Nahta, a Bollywood trade analyst who will be visiting the valley for the first time says, “I’m excited for two main reasons – one, anything that is Films catches my fancy, and this is an entire film festival; secondly, the venue is Kashmir which, when I used to study in school, used to be referred to as ‘swarg ka kona’ ! I’ve never been to Kashmir and this festival gives me an opportunity to be there. I’m sure, festival director Mr. Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan and his team must be putting together a fantastic festival”
“It is very courageous step taken by the organizers. This film festival and the similar other festivals are the need of an hour in Kashmir. I wish this festival such a success where the international filmmakers would aspire to join it,” said Gauhar Raza, a poet and filmmaker.
“KWFF is one unique film festival, which truly gives the opportunity to the youth of Kashmir to showcase their talent and culture through art and cinema. Kashmir has abundance of raw talent which hasn’t been explored yet and I sincerely hope that our joint effort in association with KWFF gives Kashmir the global exposure and the platform to help the youth to bring out their hidden talent. I feel very privileged to be a part of this festival,” said Raj Bansal, a leading film distributor from Jaipur.
Ashok Kaul, a filmmaker from Mumbai said, “I have full faith that the KWFF will unleash the enormous talent of our youth across all the regions of our state. I congratulate the team KWFF who has worked very hard to create a beautiful horizon and hope for all the talented youth of our state through this festival”.
Bollywood actor of Kashmiri origin, Mir Sarwar said, “KWFF is a wonderful platform for the budding filmmakers of Kashmir. The best thing about the festival is that the audience and students get to see some rare films, especially world class cinema which is not easily available to us. I have great hopes from this festival”
Khan said so far they have received more than hundred films for the screening. “But we will be screening only around 45 films in the seven day film festival,” he said.
The organizers have received the films from different countries that include Italy, USA, Iran, Korea, Poland, Turkey, Japan and Nepal. The films are of different languages as well that include English, Italian, Hindi, Kashmiri, Persian, Korean, Assamese, Punjabi, Nepali, Turkish, Marathi, Japanese, Malayalam and Sindhi.
Khan said that he wants to take this festival to top ten festivals of the world. “We want to make this festival a success and want it be recognized internationally,” he said adding that “the film celebrities will be interacting with the students and film freaks during the festival and will provide them a platform to understand the cinematic culture and how the Bollywood works”
He said that he is thankful to all those who have made this festival a success for the last one year that include students, film lovers and Bollywood celebrities.
“I express my heartiest gratitude to few prominent citizens of the valley who have been kind enough to accept our request to be the part of governing council of the film festival. Those prominent citizens are Mushtaq Chaya, Zahoor Tramboo, Tariq Rasheed Ghani, Riyaz Shahdad and MLA Rafiabad Yawar Mir and few others who are not leaving any stone unturned to take this festival to the new heights,” he said.
Festival director also praised the members of the organizing committee that include Idrees Bukhtiyar, Zubair Farooq, Faisal Chaku, Pardeep Singh Dardi, Imran Bhat and Tahir Najar for working day and night for the festival.
Indo-Pak need to talk: NC
Srinagar, May 20: Jammu and Kashmir national conference on Monday said that India and Pakistan need to sit across the table and share each other perspectives notwithstanding the intricateness of the issue that has been plaguing the bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries.
A delegation of German diplomats on Monday called on political advisor to party vice president Tanvir Sadiq. Interacting with the delegation Tanvir necessitated for dialogue between India and Pakistan.
While speaking with diplomats Bastian Weber, Second Secretary Political Affairs and Protocol and Sakshi Aroro from the German Embassy, National conference leader and political advisor to Omar Abdullah, Tanvir Sadiq ?reflected on the wide range of issues of issues pertaining to the state and the region in general.
While calling for a Comprehensive Dialogue Process (CDP) and Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between the two countries Tanvir said, “We are hopeful that the new government in the country starts a process of dialogue with Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan should initiate CBMs in order to remove the cobwebs of mistrust. Many lives have been lost to the frenzy of conflict, now it is high time that both the countries seriously engage with each for the greater cause of peace and tranquility in the region.”
Emphasizing on the need of initialization of a peace process by addressing political issues of the state politically Tanvir said that National Conference had always been a votary of cordial Indo Pak relations. “It is the people of J&K, who directly come in-between the line of fire between the two nations. If the relation between the two countries becomes cordial it will noticeably bring relief to the people of our state. The people of our state are the straight beneficiaries of the good neighborly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad.”
Taking about the solution to the protracted issue of Kashmir Tanvir said, “Restoration of Autonomy to the state of J&K has been the bed rock of policy of J&K National Conference; the party will continue to work for the restoration of the autonomy to the state. It is the only solution that satiates the political and development demands of all the region of the state. We aren’t seeking anything new, we are asking for what has been guaranteed to us Constitution of India.”
While recalling the role of National Conference in political empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Tanvir talked about the initiatives taken in strengthening democracy and forging the bonds of amity between various sections of the people right from 1953. He said our party envisioned a strong, prosperous and secular Jammu and Kashmir.
Geelani pays tributes to May 21 martyrs
Srinagar, May 20: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Monday paid the rich tributes to the Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone and Mirwaiz Moulana Mohammad Farooq on their respective anniversaries.
Geelani in a statement issued here said that both the leaders played a glaring role for the ongoing movement for the right to self-determination.
Recalling his personal relationship with both the leaders, Hurriyat chairman said that he always treated them as younger brothers. They had immense leadership qualities and had dedicated their lives for the sacred cause of movement.
While memorizing their valuable contributions for the ongoing movement, he expressed his hope that their followers and fans shall lead their mission with zeal and zest and stand as a mountain against those who are hell-bent to exploit their sacrifices for their petty interests.
Terming Moulana Farooq as an Islamic scholar and great orator and Abdul Gani Lone a seasoned politician and a statesman Hurriyat chairman urged the people to observe a complete shutdown on May 21, 2019, and make “Eidgah Chaloo” programme a grand success to commemorate their martyrdom.
Hurriyat leader paid his tributes and reverence to all those martyrs who have sacrificed their honour, wealth and precious lives since 1931.
He also expressed his hope that the people of Kashmir shall remain vigilant to safeguard their exemplary sacrifices and shall not allow anybody sellout for petty political gains and shall rise to the occasion against oppressive and suppressive methods.
Two injured in Baramulla road accident
Srinagar, May 20: Two persons were injured on Monday after vehicle met with an accident on Uri Nambla road near Syedpora village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Officials said that a chassis Eeco vehicle skidded off from the road and fell into a river near Syedpora village resulting injuries to two persons.
They identified the injured as Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Niloosa Bijhama and Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Balkote.
They said both the injured were shifted to SDH Uri for treatment.
Police have taken cognizance of the case, they added.