Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Tuesday inaugurated the first Mizoram version of the Indian Film Festival at Vanapa Hall in Aizawl.
The three-day film festival, which will showcase blockbuster movies at selected locations across Aizawl will be graced by several Bollywood big shots.
In his inaugural speech, Lal Thanhawla, who was an enthused movie fan during his youth, said his government would provide assistance in terms of infrastructure and logistics if interested filmmakers would venture in Mizoram.
“Twenty years of insurgency in Mizoram post-independence of the country had robbed the State of the many opportunities we had. Now that we have become the most peaceful State even in India, we are committed to every possible avenue of development,” said Lal Thanhawla.
Lal Thanhawla, who was present at the inaugural ceremony at the Chief Guest, gave away prize to the winner of a short film on Biate township in a competition organised by Urban Develoment and Poverty Alleviation department on the cleanest town on Mizoram.
The mega film carnival is a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan initiative jointly organised by Mizoram government and Innovations India Advertising and Events Pvt Ltd.
The festival will conclude on January 25.
The organisers have roped in Shavdhan India’s Susanth Singh to add glare to the festival. A Mizo language rendering of this Hindi detective serial has been a major hit in the local channels of Aizawl.
Talking to Northeast Now, Sushant Singh said he would choke out a special episode based on cases from the northeast in his hit serial ‘Savdhan India’.
“I would personally take up the matter to my producer, since ‘Savdhan India’ is very popular here in Mizoram and Manipur, an episode based on the region could be choked out,” Sushant Singh said.
Regional and mainstream Bollywood movies will be screened at three different locations in Aizawl. Vanapa Hall will host the inaugural function, Aijal Club and Berawtlang Convention Centre will provide alternative venues.
The organisers are pretty much sure that it would surely benefit the State, as there is the possibility at higher stake that the Indian, as well as the global filmmakers, might choose the state and the other parts of Northeast to shoot their pieces, and it could benefit the local artists as well.
During the festival, mega star Amitab Bachchan’s blockbuster movie ‘Sarkar 3’ will be screened and the film producer Rahul Mittra will grace the screening with his presence.
Another Bollywood hit movie ‘Oh My God’ will also be screened and director Umesh Shukla will be a part of the audience.
Assamese hit movie ‘Raag’ will also be screened and actress Zerifa Wahid will also be at the screening venue.
Apart from these, hit Marathi, Gujarati, Manipuri and Mizo movies will be screened during the three-day movie gala.