The “Days of Russian Cinema in India” was opened at a colourful ceremony at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on October 12, 2018. The event was jointly organised with the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the Russian Federation, National Fund of Copyright Holder’s Support, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India and the RCSC.
The “The Last Test”, directed by Alexey Petrukhin, was the inaugural Russian film. The presence of eminent Russian film actors such as Anna Churina, Alisa Grebenschikova, Valentina Mazunina, Victor Khorinyak, Artem Tkachenko as well as Maria Lemesheva, General Producer of “Days of Russian Cinema”, who have arrived to present the films, and who also addressed a press conference prior to the inauguration of the great event, was a virtual source of thrill and excitement to the large gathering.
The delegates, for most of whom this was a second or third visit to India, were enormously touched by the tremendous response of Indian people to the Russian movies. They expressed their hope on the immense opportunities of joint projects, exchange of films and delegations, as well as wider screening and broadcasting of Russian movies in India.
Inaugurating the 4th edition of the “Days of Russian Cinema in India”, H.E. Mr. Nikolay Kudashev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, observed that the thoughts and impressions that we will share after the screening should help us to become even better friends and allies, as only special and privileged strategic partners can be. He added that generations of Russian people have experienced the emotional and intellectual pleasure brought by Raj Kapoor films. More than15,000 Indian people have watched our films since 2015 during Russian Films Days in India. The ambassador noted that the film “The Last Trial” is based on the real hostage seizure that took place in a Russian theatre in October 2004. The picture highlights the value of human life and the necessity to save this world for future generations. He hoped that in near future, our countries will launch co-production of films to be screened at further editions of this festival. There are already plans for jointly-made movies, such a biographical motion picture on the life of Nicholas Roerich by Sarfaraz Alam, President of Indian Film Festivals in Russia, H.E. the Ambassador concluded his address gratefully acknowledging the organisers of the film festival.