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New Delhi: Gaurang Jalan is the designated representative for Indian films in the Cairo Film Festival. According to Jalan, the impact of Indian films on the global platform is not huge.

“In the global context, Indian footprint is small. Though we make over 1000 films, Indian films are mostly seen by the Indian diaspora. We have to focus on global content. We have to focus on a niche audience.”

Jalan is the adviser & representative of the Festival International du Film d’Amour de Mons (MonsInternational Love Film Festival).

“We have to connect with them with a world story,” Gaurang told.

Jalan revealed the two Indian films were selected in this year’s Festival International du Film d’Amour de Mons – “Majhi the Mountain Man” and “Rangrasiya”.

“We can actually send a lot of films once the appetite picks up and festivals pick up. But for French speaking places and Spanish speaking countries, we have to arrange for French subtitles and Spanish sub-titles where English will not work. In Cairo, we are doing Arabic sub-titles and that clicked.”

Bollywood films “Chennai Express”, “Krishh 3”, “Dhoom 3” and “Happy New Year” were released at the festival theatres in Egypt. Jalan was behind this move too.

Jalan was behind this move too. Popular actors in Bollywood have a major fanbase in Egypt too.

“The new generation (in Egypt) love to watch our kind of films. Aamir (Khan), Shah Rukh, Salman Khan are liked by them very much. Mr Amitabh Bachchan is still very popular. Among present age actors, Irrfan Khan has a wide fan following. The new generation is liking our stars now.”

The fan following in Egypt can be said to be a result of proper subtitles provided in Arabic.

“In Cairo, the situation is unlike Belgium and some other French/Spanish-speaking nations as all Indian films are subtitled in Arabic and the blockbuster genre films by the popular stars are screened in theatres and local channels which draw from Indian showbiz content,” he said.

There are two segments in the Cairo film festival. First, the children’s section, which will be screened in the month of March. A number of entries have been sent for this. The other section will commence in November for two months.

Asked about the most deciding factor in selecting an Indian entry in the prestigious film festivals, Jalan said, “Our jobs as representatives is to send the best film every year.”

“Several of our (Indian) films had been going to Cairo since 2001 and the package now consists of different Indian languages Punjabi, Bengali, others besides Hindi,” he said. (Inputs from: asianetindia.com, Image source:i1os.com)

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Ram Kapoor Remarks That An Actor Is Never Totally Satisfied

Ram will soon be seen as the host of Sony Entertainment Television's show "Zindagi Ke Crossroads"

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The actor has played lead roles in shows like "Bade Achhe Lagte Hain" and "Kasamh Se"

“An actor is never really totally satisfied. He always wants more. So that is there in me. I always want to keep growing and doing more work…. But I fully understand how lucky I am because I know how hard it is to make a career in show business,” Ram told the media here.

“I know there are many people who come to Mumbai. They try and don’t succeed. I think the success rate is about two per cent. So I know that I am very lucky that I have had such a long career but I don’t think I will ever be satisfied,” added the actor, who has completed almost 20 years in the industry.

Would he want his and wife Gautami Kapoor’s two children to follow in their footsteps?

“If they want to. They have told us that they also want to try (their hand at acting) but they are children. We don’t know if they are serious or not. So both me and my wife have told them that ‘Look, we both first finished our education then we entered showbiz’.

“So they have to finish their education. After that, if they are really serious about this, we will not stop them.”

He believes that every actor has to have a lot of successes and failures.

“Failures teach you a lot about yourself. So I embrace them,” he said.

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Ram will soon be seen as the host of Sony Entertainment Television’s show “Zindagi Ke Crossroads”. Wikimedia

Ram will soon be seen as the host of Sony Entertainment Television’s show “Zindagi Ke Crossroads”. It will present a new narrative in every episode and the crossroads faced by the protagonists will be open for discussion to a unique set of studio audience.

He will also feature in “Loveratri”, backed by superstar Salman Khan.

“We had a great time in London but the shoot is not over. We still have about a month or month and a half left,” he said.

The actor has played lead roles in shows like “Bade Achhe Lagte Hain” and “Kasamh Se”. But on the big screen, he is yet to be seen in a lead role.

“In my mind, there has never been a difference in the medium or the role. Whether it is television or film, lead or character role, I like being a part of the story. In that story, if it’s a lead or supporting character, it does not matter as long as I can relate to the character.

“Also, very few people like Ronit Roy and myself who made it to television, got a chance to have a film career as well. So, I consider lucky to be able to step into both the worlds.”

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 In the last few months, Ram also worked hard to lose weight.

“I just wanted to be healthier,” he said.

Ever faced rejection due to his weight?

“No,” he responded. (IANS)