German Film Fest to honour Chetan Anand


MUMBAI: The annual Bollywood and Beyond Film Festival, to be held in Stuttgart, Germany from 11 to 15 July 2007, will pay tribute to late filmmaker Chetan Anand, to mark his tenth death anniversary.


On this occasion, his son Ketan Anand will be present at the festival.


The festival will open with the screening of the Ayesha Dharker starrer Outsourced; while Rajnesh Domalpalli’s Vanaja has been selected to close the film festival.


Apart from independent films and a host of short films and documentaries, mainstream Bollywood films like Apna Asmaan, Anuranan, Guru, Omkara, KANK, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Don, Bheja Fry and Dor will also be screened. The retro section will see films like Heer Raanjha, Kraantikaa, Haqeeqat, Neecha Nagar, while the  highlight of the festival will  be the screening of the making of Aap Ka Suroor, a film starring Himmesh Reshammiya.


The supporting programme of the festival will include a series of lectures and discussions, an Indian food festival, a Bombay Boogie Night, an Indian bazaar and a dance workshop.


The prestigious German Star of India award and three other awards will be given away this year: including a short film award, a documentary award and a Bollywood audience award. In 2006, the German Star of India award was handed to director Rajat Kapoor for his film Mixed Doubles.


Due to the close cooperation between Stuttgart and Mumbai due to the sister-city arrangement, a cultural and economic exchange is also an important part of the festival. The first ever Indo-German Business Forum that will be held concurrently, will aim at providing an overview of current market trends and more importantly discuss the expansion of personal Indian business relationships.