6th Pune Asian Film Festival to commence from Oct 16

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Pune, Oct 14 (UNI) The sixth edition of the city chapter of Asian Film Festival, scheduled to showcase 70 films from 14 Asian countries, will commence here from October 16.

Satish Jakatdar, Director of the Festival, today told UNI that the Festival is being jointly organised by Aashay Films and Indira School of Communication in association with the Asian Film Foundation, Mumbai.

This year for the first time three venues have been selected for screening the films -- City Pride Multiplex, Kothrud, Archive Theatre and Dhruv Auditorium in Wakad, he said.

Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah will be honoured with the Zenith Asia Award at the Festival this year, Virendra Chitrav, Director of the Festival, said.

Commenting on some of the movies to be screened during the Festival, Mr Chitrav said city-based filmmaker Kranti Kanade will showcase his internationally acclaimed ''Mahak'' at the Festival.

This is the first public screening of the film in India, he said adding it has bagged the best film award at Hollywood International Film Festival and Best Family Film Award at Hustan's International Film Festival.

The film, about a little girl's journey towards self-realisation, shot in the city, questions conventions and looks at the world to examine the rights of children, he said.

A off beat section, devoted to some of the critically acclaimed Bollywood films, including ''Mumbai Meri Jaan'' and ''Tare Zameen Par'', has been scheduled in the Festival, to continue till October 23, he said.

Dada Saheb Phalke Award recipient Tapan Sinha's film ''Aatithi'' will also be screened, he added.

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