Mizoram: Indian Film Festival to be Hosted for the First Time in State

Story highlights

  • Mizoram is going to host Indian Film Festival this January as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, for the first ever time in the history.
  • The mega event will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Mizoram Mr. Lal Thanhawla on 23 January at the state’s largest auditorium Vanapa Hall

Mizoram is going to host Indian Film Festival this January as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, for the first ever time in the history. The state would be soon gearing up for the mega event that will be jointly organised by Mizoram government and Innovations India Advertising and Events Pvt Ltd and will be held in Aizawl from January 23-25. The authorities announced the event at a curtain raiser press conference held yesterday in the capital city. While speaking to the reporters at Aizawl Press Club, Captain Rahul Bali, the MD Innovation and Curator of IFF Mizoram said that the mega event will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Mizoram Mr. Lal Thanhawla on 23 January at the state’s largest auditorium Vanapa Hall.

Organizers of Idin Film Festival Mizoram during the press conference

 

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How would it be a core of benefit to NE Film Industry?

There have been talented actors from the Northeast, Danny Denzongpa, Adil Hussain are a few names that made big into Bollywood, Bijou Thaangjam is the recent addition to the list who was seen in Shivaay and Mary Kom. A few artists like Papon and Jubin are rocking the music industry as well. But, the regional cinema does need recognition. Movies like Oring and Onaatah – of the Earth get critically acclaimed but there are hardly any adults outside the state that know about these movies. If we compare the scenario with that of Tamil and Telegu film industries, we would get to know the harsh reality. Film-makers in Northeast are critical over the finances, they hardly get to indulge in the latest technologies because money doesn’t get to them. 

Now if I talk about the event, it is likely to see the presence of a number of acclaimed filmmakers from across the country and the world. Also, the inaugural function will be attended by the dignitaries and luminaries from across India and the world, hopefully. Definitely, it would draw the geniuses from the industry to mingle with the talents that Northeastern states possess.

Rahul Bali did express his happiness saying that it was a matter of great pride and honor for him and his entire team at Innovation India to curate the first ever Indian Film Festival Mizoram.

He said, “Mizoram is a beautiful state that has largely remained unexplored till now as far as the world of films and cinema are concerned and in fact, Mizoram has a lot to offer to the filmmakers.”

The organizers are pretty much sure that it would surely benefit the state, as there is the possibility at higher stake that the Indian, as well as the global filmmakers, might choose the state and the other parts of Northeast to shoot their pieces, and it could benefit the local artists as well.

Even, Mizoram Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation Minister, Zodintluanga, who was also present at the press conference said, “The first ever Indian Film festival in Mizoram is sure to create a buzz about Mizoram and will act as a brilliant platform for the Indian as well as the International filmmakers who are interested in reaching out to a crossover audience in Mizoram thereby bringing in a lot of visibility and publicity for the state.”

He added that the first mega event would offer excellent opportunities to the relatively young Mizo film industry to interact and learn newer techniques.

Though the Indian Film Festival in Mizoram is an endeavour to promote Mizoram as a preferred destination by the Mizo Government, for both business and leisure as the festival would be promoted throughout the country catapulting Mizoram into the limelight but it can’t be ignored that the neighbouring state and the filmmakers from Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur or Nagaland could cash this event to deliberate their dreams in the form of stories. Let’s just hope that it would bring the talents to the forefront so that the world recognizes the potential of Northeast.

(Featured image is representational image of IFFM)

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