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Bollywood films enthrall Swedish movie-goers via fest

IANS  |  Stockholm 

Critically acclaimed Bollywood films "Margarita With a Straw", "Ankhon Dekhi", "Finding Fanny", "Liar's Dice" and "Mary Kom", which give a glimpse of India's changing canvas of cinema, are being screened here as part of a movie festival.

The second edition of 'India Unlimited', a platform seeking better economic relations and social ties between India and Sweden, has been started with the launch of the second Indian film festival 'Cinema Indien'.

The three-month long programme of 'India Unlimited', initiated by the Indian embassy in Sweden on Thursday, has brought together experts from the business community, government and the academia from both the countries for lively discussions on themes related to technology and services, innovation and leadership, gender diversity, smart cities and India government's 'Make in India' initiative, read a statement.

The film festival is being jointly organised by the Indian embassy here and SF BIO, Sweden's cinema chain, in collaboration with India's National Film Development Corporation and Air India.

The festival will showcase eight stellar feature films that have been critically acclaimed by the Indian film fraternity recently, namely "Margarita With a Straw", "Ankhon Dekhi", "Finding Fanny", "Liar's Dice", "Mary Kom", "Tasher Desh", "Killa" and "Open Tee Bioscope".

The screening of each film will be followed by panel interactions between recognised personalities from the Indian firm fraternity such as veteran actor Nasseruddin Shah and director Shonali Bose.

" 'India Unlimited' seeks to strengthen India-Sweden connections and partnerships in all areas that benefit both countries, with a special emphasis on economic relations and people-to-people ties through business seminars and exhibitions. 'India Unlimited' is about promoting India in Sweden, as well as promoting Sweden in India," India's Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison said in a statement.

"We warmly congratulate the Indian Ambassador to Sweden for spearheading multiple efforts since 2012 to increase cooperation between the two nations. The India Unlimited programme holds immense potential in raising awareness in Sweden about India and vice-versa," Swedish Ambassador to India, Harald Sandberg said.

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First Published: Fri, May 08 2015. 18:14 IST