After a successful run in Lucknow and Kanpur, the 10th Jagran Film Festival will be held in Varanasi and Prayagraj from 2nd to 4th August. The schedule of the three-day festival, dubbed as the world’s largest travelling film festival, has been released. Besides the film screenings, the festival will feature conversations with noted actors Vidyut Jammwal and Sanjay Mishra in Varanasi and Prayagraj respectively. Sanjay Mishra will also inaugurate the festival in Varanasi. Vidyut Jammwal will be present to talk about his upcoming movie “Commando 3”.
“Bhosle” directed by Devashish Makhija will be screened in Varanasi and “Tumbbad” directed by Rahi Anil will be screened in Prayagraj as the Inaugural Film. The new OTT release “Kota Factory” directed by Raghav Subbu will also be screened in Varanasi. “Tashkent Files” and “Sui Dhaaga” will be screened as the closing films in Varanasi and Prayagraj respectively. Argentinian films will be screened in both the cities as Argentina is the country focus partner for this edition of the festival. Movie fans can also attend a Master Class by Satyanshu Singh, director of “Chintu Ka Birthday”, in both cities. The popular film “Karma” will be screened as a tribute to legendary Bollywood actor/writer Kader Khan who had written the script.
The travelling film festival was a huge hit earlier in Lucknow and Kanpur. Actor Boman Irani inaugurated the Lucknow chapter, and a conversation between Parineeti Chopra and Siddharth Malhotra with noted film critic Rajeev Masand on their latest film “Jabariya Jodi” drew a huge house. The film has been shot in Lucknow and Siddharth’s narration of his experience of learning the local Bihari accent and mannerisms delighted the audience. Screening of Kota Factory in both the cities and Masterclasses by Abhishek Yadav left the audience with more questions than the time available. The film “Chintu Ka Birthday” received an overwhelming response. In Kanpur, the inaugural film “Kya Hoga” drew a large audience since it was screened in the city where it was shot. Also, the in-conversation of producer/director Nikhil Advani with film journalist and writer Aseem Chabbra about filmmaking and Advani’s upcoming film “Batla House” was well attended.
The Jagran Film Festival started in Delhi from 18th July and travelled to Kanpur and Lucknow. The festival will now travel through Prayagraj, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Gorakhpur, Raipur, Indore and Bhopal. The travelling festival will culminate on September 29 in Mumbai.