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IFFI 2017: Many cultural similarities between Iran and India, says filmmaker Majid Majidi

Majidi's first India-set project Beyond The Clouds opened the 48th International FIlm Festival of India (IFFI) on 20 November.


Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi always wanted to tell an Indian story and admires the work done by Satyajit Ray. Majidi says he feels he is more famous in India than in his own country.

"It is a great honour for me to be among the Indian artists and all the Indian big names here. I knew Indian cinema through Satyajit Ray, the famous Indian film director, and it was always my dream to make a film in India," Majidi said before the screening of his maiden India-set project Beyond The Clouds.

The film, which introduces Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan, opened the 48th International FIlm Festival of India (IFFI). The fest, which started on Monday, will go on till 28 November. Beyond The Clouds is based on the bonding between a brother and a sister.

Talking about the film, he said: "There are many cultural similarities between Iran and India, and I was looking for a chance to make a film here, in India. So, after years it fortunately happened.

"It was a wonderful production team to work with, it was an all Indian crew, so it was a wonderful collaboration between the teams. The film was premiered at the London Film Festival, but for me the real premiere is tonight. I am so excited to see the film, with the Indian audience tonight here."

Majidi, who is also working on his second India-set project, added: "I believe I am more famous in India rather than my country."

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