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Iranian Film Festival to be held in Mumbai


Five films will be screened at the festival, including the Indo-Iran production Hello Mumbai featuring Indian actress Dia Mirza and popular Iranian actor Mohammad Reza Golzar.

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A five-day-long film festival titled Iranian Film Festival, will be held in Mumbai to celebrate the culture and cinema of India and Iran.

The film fest will be held from 22 -26 January at Ravindra Mini Theatre.

Five films will be screened at the festival, including the Indo-Iran production Hello Mumbai featuring Indian actress Dia Mirza and popular Iranian actor Mohammad Reza Golzar.

Interacting with the media on Friday, 19 January, Mahdi Zare, the director of the Culture House of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said, "The idea of organizing this festival is to create a platform for cultural exchange between two countries — India and Iran."

"While it is a positive sign how Iranian people are taking interest in Indian films, it is great to observe how Indian film lovers are also watching Iranian cinema," Zare said.

"Through this festival, we want to spread out the beauty of Iranian cinema to the people of Mumbai. Every cinema manifest the society and culture of its country. During the inaugural programme, we will also show a 20-minute film on Iran to give an overview of the country and Iranian culture, society. We are looking forward to host cine lovers to watch films."

The festival has been organized by the Culture House of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Federation of Film Societies of India.

Asked about the reception of Indian films in Iran, a young filmmaker Azar Faramarzi said that like any other country, the common people prefer to watch "masala films" in Iran and, therefore, "they like Bollywood (Hindi cinema)".

"In Iran, common people love to watch Indian cinema because of its song-dance saga. They like watching vibrant colours, festival, celebration that most of the mainstream Bollywood show us. Small budget, story-driven art house films are for students, festival moviegoers and people like us," said Azar who travelled to cities like Mumbai, Pune and Agra and is currently planning to make a film in India.

"This festival will create a platform to start a conversation between two countries not only on creative collaboration but also business networking. Whether it is Majid Majidi's Beyond The Cloud, (or) Ghorban Mohammadpour's Hello Mumbai, the opportunity for collaboration is opening," she added.