Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali has been appointed the ambassador of Russian Film Festival in India, BizAsiaLive.com has learnt.
Ali said in a statement, “Russia and India have cultural ties that go back a long way. Film stars like Raj Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty have been very popular in Russia and at the same time, Russian music and cinema have been a part of popular culture in India. I invite all Indian viewers to catch them from 16th October onwards and forge many more cinematic collaborations between the two great cultures”.
There will be ten Russian films broadcast on Hotstar between 16th October and 27th November, as part of the festival and it will also give way to a better collaboration between India and Russia in the coming days.
Olga Lyubimova, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation said, “The international audience shows interest in Russian films and animation. The festival will help to strengthen the current links between the film industries and exchange ideas. Russia and India are already cooperating in the field of cinematography through the BRICS. I am sure that thanks to the convenient online format of the festival, we will be able to expand the audience of the Russian projects and attract new viewers”.
This will be the first Russian Film Festival in India.