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And the world remained silent,Missed Call open Ind Panorama at IFFI

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Panaji, Nov 24 (UNI) The Indian Panorama section was inaugurated by Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi at the International Film Festival of India here with the screening of a 25- minute documentary 'And the World remained silent' and a feature film 'Missed Call'.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Dasmunsi said films being screened in the Indian Panorama will give the country a mileage which was not confined within its borders but also in the globe.

Before making a hasty exit, the Minister, who is also in charge of Parliamentary Affairs said , ''My heart is here. But mind is in the Parliament House where the winter session is in progress and I am in constant touch with colleagues checking whether everything is going on fine.'' ''And the World remained silent,'' a film by Ashok Pandit highlights the plight of Kashmiri Pandit refugees in their homeland and the apathy of the authorities concerned towards it.

Talking to UNI, Pandit said he shot the documentary after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York.

''The refugees in Jammu are rejoicing today as they know their voices are being heard by the rest of the country after 17 years since the forced exodus took place. There are about seven- and- half lakh refugees in exile,'' he said.

The 25- minute documentary, shot in refugee camps in Jammu and Udhampur, urges people to share the concern and the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits who are living a life in misery in their own country and the government to find a solution.

''Missed Call,' directed by Mridul Toolsidass and Vinay Subramanian, stars Ankur Vikal, Heeba Shah and Seema Rehmani in leading roles. Speaking about the film, Mridul says,'' it is a poignant tribute to the passionate young men and women, who dream of putting their stories on celluloid.'' Set against an urban backdrop, the film deals with a young man's obsession with his camera and his struggle to make a film. It is portrayed through lens of a handycam, depicting the journey of the protagonist's life as he gravitates from joy to despair, from hope to frustration and from love to lust.

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