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“It’s no more easy to raise social issues through films”, says film producer Prakash Patel and Bhavin Wadia


The 8 day long 16 Film Festival started at Golcha Cinema, Jaipur this Sunday. On the first day of the festival, film producer Prakash Patel and Bhavin Wadia told that it isn’t easy to raise social issues in films these days, like it used to be 20 years ago. The censorship policies are just too strict. Sometimes, it feels like the freedom of expression is in danger. They talked about this during a discussion on ‘Politics and Corruption in Democracy’ with senior journalist, Narayan Bareth.

More about the 16 Film Festival by JIFF

This 16 Film Festival has been organized by JIFF. It will continue till May 22, 2016 from 5p.m. to 9:15p.m. in the evening at Golcha Cinema. Romania’s Stella Peleen, theatre director and writer Ranveer Singh, Ficci Flo’s Chairperson Preeti Saboo, Project Marathwada film’s director Bhavin Wadia and producer Prakash Patel and several other national and international distinguished personalities were present at the festival’s inaugural session.

Films screened on first day

  • Films based on ‘political issues and democracy’ were screened on the first day of the festival. The films include ‘I Did It’, ‘Project Marathawada’ and ‘Toonesia 2015’.
  • ‘Project Marathawada’ is a Hindi feature film that perfectly showcases what goes on a farmer in India. The film is about the rising suicide rates among Indian farmers. Veteran actor Om Puri has done a fabulous act in the film.
  • ‘Toonesia 2015’ is a short film featuring a father and a daughter, who are waiting in discomfort for a small step that has the power to change their upcoming future. The film received appreciation from audience.

Today’s Schedule

Today, the film festival will start at 5p.m. with a discussion on the topic ‘Women in current era – special reference – science, environment and films’. Academacian Ritu Verma and Pragya Rathore will carry out the discussion with Ficci Flo’s Chairperson Preeti Saboo and filmmaker Gajendra Kshatriya.

After this, films like Rajasthani short film Bojh, Second Chance, Burn Steling, Lura and Istanbul Notes will be screened for the audience to enjoy.

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