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Film festival to be held on theme of “Freedom Struggle and Freedom Fighters”

Mumbai:14/8/18:Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will hold film festival on occasion of 72ndIndependence Day on the theme, “Freedom Struggle and Freedom Fighters”, on 15th August, 2018.

The festival will be inaugurated by Smt. Rama Khandwala, nonagenarian freedom fighter and Indian National Army (INA) veteran.During the festival, noteworthy documentary films on freedom struggle and freedom fighters will be screened from 10:30AM, apart from a cultural performance featuring flute recital by veteran artist, Pt. Sunil Kant Gupta and patriotic songs by the staff of Films Division.

INA veteran Smt. Rama Khandwala (91) is a recipient of the prestigious National Tourism Award from the President of India, for the `Best Tourist Guide’ in the year 2017. Her daunting stamina stems from her early training as a recruit in Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA). A Second Lieutenant belonging to the Rani Jhansi regiment in Rangoon in Burma, Smt. Khandwala spent her days marching, hoisting flags, learning how to wield a rifle, a bayonet and the Bren Machine Gun. Khandwala’s fluency in Japanese – a result of the Japanese occupation of Burma from 1942-1945 – helped her bond with tourists from Japan. Her language skills and interest in Buddhism even led her to meet the Dalai Lama and the King of Bhutan. She met the former while working as an interpreter for a Japanese documentary and she accompanied the latter to Elephanta’s Buddhist caves as a guide.

“Freedom Struggle and Freedom Fighters”: the following noteworthy documentaries will be screened under this theme,from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at RR – III theatre, Films Division Complex, 24 Pedder Road, Mumbai.

Shat Shat Pranam Film based on song commemorating 150-year war for independence.
Jawan Tujhe Salam The Film bestows gratitude to the soldiers of India who sacrifice their lives for safety of its citizens, highlighting the Kargil conflict at Jammu & Kashmir border.
Gandhi – A Universal Man This is a brief sketch on the happenings that changed the ordinary Mohandas into the Mahatma who influenced the whole world.
Netaji A biographical film on great freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose. Film uses the actual speeches of Netaji.
Sardar Patel – The Iron Man A filmic biography on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel highlighting the early life of Sardar Patel and his part in Bardoli and Nagpur Satyagraha.
Flag and Freedom A film narrating the history of tri-colour, the national flag of India.
Veer Savarkar A biographical film on Veer Savarkar.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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