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19 award-winning films of Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) to be screened in Meghalaya

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Shillong, Feb 28, 2017: Nineteen award-winning films of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) will be screened here in Meghalaya, said an official on Tuesday.

The objective is to encourage local filmmakers and producers from the region to take their projects on the national and international stage.

The film festival, which would be held from March 1-3 at the premier North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), will feature documentary, short and animation films such as “Fireflies in the Abyss” related to rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya and “little Terrorist”.

“Our intention to host the film festival here in Meghalaya is to promote local filmmakers and producers from the region to take their projects on the national and international stage,” Films Division Senior Branch Manager Sumay Mukherjee told IANS on Tuesday.

“The northeastern states have so much of potential in the film industry and the filmmakers and producers have exhibited their quality productions at the national and international events,” Mukherjee said.

“We are here to further assist and to encourage student’s especially budding filmmakers from the region to come up in film making, and get the chance to learn,” he added.

NEHU’s department of journalism and mass communication teacher, Kamaljit Chirom said that such a festival would inspire students in filmmaking and help in catching them young.

Besides the 19 award winning films of MIFF, some of the finest cinematic works realised in the past few years throughout the world, including films from countries like Romania, Britain, Australia and India would be screened during the festival.

“Little Terrorist”, which got an Oscar nomination in 2005, would be screened in the non-competitive section of the festival.

Directed by Ashvin Kumar, “Little Terrorist” is the story of a 12-year-old Pakistani Muslim boy who crosses the minefield-strewn border and enters India by mistake.

“Fireflies in the Abyss”, directed by Chandrasekhar Reddy, tells the tale of rat-hole mining in the mineral-rich Jaintia hills. In the hostile pits, men and boys risk their lives every day to scratch coal out of hard rock, burrowing into narrow tunnels, armed with nothing more than a pickaxe and a torch.

Some other fine cinematic works from countries like Romania, Britain and Australia would also feature in the festival.

“On an average, more than 35 countries participate in every edition of the festival which serves as a platform for documentary filmmakers to meet, interact and exchange ideas and such festival attracts the best of films made all over the world on varied subjects,” Mukherjee said. (IANS)

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Bollywood Stars Spread Christmas Cheer on Social Media Platforms

B-Town spreads Xmas cheer on social media

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B-town celebrites take to social media to spread Christmas joy. Pixabay

As the festive mood takes over the country on the auspicious occasion of Christmas, B-Town is also spreading the cheer on social media.

Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog to share: “Before all else, wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020 .. may the glory of peace and well being be the moto of all .. may we live in the harmony of love and the blessings of this auspicious moment”.

Rishi Kapoor shared a throwback family photo on Twitter where he can be seen wearing a Santa cap along with son Ranbir, who appears to be a teenager. Also in the photo are his wife Neetu Kapoor and daughter Riddhima.

Sanjay Dutt shared a family photo on Twitter and Instagram with his wife Manyata and kids. The actor wrote: “Nothing better than spending time with your family during the holiday season! Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas #MerryChristmas2019 #HappyChristmas #MerryXmas”

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Bhumi Pednekar took to social media platform instagram where she shared a photo of her on Instagram and shared a photo in which she can be seen happily posing in front of a gigantic Christmas tree. Wikimedia Commons

Sara Ali Khan painted Instagram red by posting a series of photographs with her brother Ibrahim, who looks like a photocopy of his father Saif Ali Khan. She posted: “Red nose reindeer, White snowflake, Virgin eggnog, Christmas cake, Get the party started, It’s Christmas Eve for heaven’s sake!” The actress also shared a photo with dad Saif and wrote: “Merry Christmas everyone!”

Bhumi Pednekar shared a photo of her on Instagram where she can be seen happily posing in front of a gigantic Christmas tree. The actress wrote: “Merry Christmas Spread love and Joy! #love #instagood #christmas”

Abhishek Bachchan tweeted: “Merry Christmas”.

Diana Penty shared a gorgeous pic of hers in front of a beautiful Christmas tree and wrote on Instagram: “Ho! Ho! Ho(pe) you have an amazing day filled with love, laughter, family, friends… Merry Christmas everyone!”

Raveena Tandon shared a photo of hers on Insta where she looks gorgeous in a deep red dress. She wrote: “May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the festive season brings. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!”

Shilpa Shetty shared a Boomerang video on Insta where she can be seen trying to bake a cake. Son Viaan is seen in the video, too. Shilpa’s expression is hilarious in the video. She wrote: “A little “two” Merry Grrrrrrr @shamitashetty_official But more the merrier…it’s Christmas!! Cooking up a storm … 7 desserts on the menu for Christmas lunch #christmas #christmastime #christmasdesserts #happiness #prep #love #gratitude #family”.

Adil Hussain tweeted: “Hello Everyone… Have a great Christmas and may the light of the ever forgiving Jesus show you the path to evolve toward your highest potential! Merry Christmas to you everyone one. Love and light.”

Neha Dhupia shared a family photo with husband Angad Bedi and their baby girl Mehr, all clad in red. She tweeted: “Merry Christmas from us to you”

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Singer Neha Kakkar shared on social media site Instagram: “Merry Christmas to You and your Family!! Christmas”. Wikimedia Commons

Singer Neha Kakkar shared on Instagram: “Merry Christmas to You and your Family!! Christmas”

Choreographer-filmmaker Remo D’Souza wished for happiness and peace for everyone on Christmas. He shared on Instagram: “If We could tell Santa what to give all of you, It would be happiness and peace. Not just this Christmas, but for the entire year…Merry Xmas from our family to yours.”

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha tweeted: “Merry Christmas India!!! Celebrate love!!!” Director Sanjay Gupta also wished: “Merry Christmas”.

Filmmaker duo Abbas-Mustan tweeted: “Merry Christmas to everyone filled with joy happiness n love”.

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Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar shared a photo of himself standing in front of a brightly lit and decked up Christmas tree and tweeted: “May this season be full of light, laughter, & peace for you & your family. Merry Christmas.”

Wishes kept pouring in from B-Town throughout the day as, amid a situation of political tension, the nation celebrated Christmas and everyone wished for peace. (IANS)