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Films promote Indian culture across the world: Gov Gurmit Singh

Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd) and veteran journalist Upendra Kumar Sharma felicitate filmmaker Anupam Sharma at the Raj Bhawan on Tuesday. Pic: Bhumesh Bharti.

Anupam Sharma’s film “Brand Bollywood Downunder” screened at Raj Bhawan

By Arun Pratap Singh

Dehradun, 7 May: Filmmaker Anupam Sharma’s documentary film, titled ‘Brand Bollywood Downunder, is a story of Bollywood Films filmed in Australia. This film is making waves across several countries and, today, its special screening was presented by Garhwal Post at Raj Bhawan’s Auditorium here today with Governor Lt General Gurmit Singh (Retd) as the Chief Guest. The film attracted an august gathering.

Film and TV actor, presenter Abhinav Chaturvedi (popular as Nanhe of Hum Log fame) was the Master of Ceremonies.

Doon native Anupam Sharma is a leading filmmaker based in Australia. He is a film director, actor, producer and author. Sharma has been widely acknowledged by Australian and Indian media as a producer who has pioneered films links between India and Australia since 1997.

Speaking as the Chief Guest after the screening of the film, Governor Singh observed that films play an important role in bringing national unity, sense of nationalism, promotion of culture and traditions, social harmony and social change. Indian cinema has also helped promote values such as love and social harmony. He added that, though not a religion in a true sense of the word, Bollywood and Cricket are treated like religions in the country, which have great influence on social life. The influence of Bollywood is not restricted to India alone. Bollywood films are popular around the world and, recently, while on a trip to Central Asia, he witnessed that filmmaker Raj Kapoor is still popular there, as is the iconic song, “Awaara Hoon”.

Singh added that Indian films and actors are popular not only in the country but also in the United States, United Kingdom, China and Russia. Bollywood films are watched by millions of people globally, which also propagates Indian culture, values and lifestyle. Bollywood films represent the soft power domain of India. He added that Indian cinema has carved a unique place for itself at the global level, transcending cultural boundaries. Apart from this, it has also played an important role in developing a positive image of India at the global level and promoted tourism. It is about celebration of life. He noted that, although he watched only the trailer of this film, he could feel how lively it is and, at the first available opportunity, he will like to see the entire film. The governor also liberally praised the work of film maker Anupam Sharma and mentioned his films on Brett Lee (Cricketer) and country singer Bobby Cash (another Doon native who spent several years in Australia).

Lt General Gurmit Singh (Retd) also added that the Uttarakhand Government is making sincere efforts to promote film tourism in the state and generate maximum employment opportunities through the film industry. It is a matter of pride that many celebrities of Uttarakhand are bringing glory to the state by doing innovative work in various fields in the country and abroad. Singh added that Uttarakhand is becoming a favoured place for shooting films. The beauty of the hills and the plains of Uttarakhand on the big screen give a different experience to the audience. He expressed hope that Uttarakhand would soon become the world’s favourite destination for film shooting. He also praised the latest film policy of the government and called it extremely generous. He also praised the role of Director General, Information, Banshidhar Tiwari and Joint Director, Information, Dr Nitin Upadhyay in formulation of the policy.

The Governor also liberally praised Garhwal Post as a very credible newspaper and wished that it grows even bigger.

Earlier, Chief Executive Officer of Uttarakhand Film Development Council and Director General, Information & Public Relations Department, Banshidhar Tiwari, shared some details of the new Film Policy of the state. He said that, under the new policy, the amount of subsidy for regional films made in Garhwali, Kumaoni or Jaunsari and picturised here has been increased to Rs 2 crores and, for feature films made in the state, the amount of subsidy has been increased to Rs 3 crores. In addition, provision of subsidy has also been incorporated for short films, documentaries and web series, etc. Tiwari reminded that there is additional subsidy provision for films which are shot in hitherto unexplored locations. The film policy also encourages setting up of post- production work and establishment of Cinema houses in the hills. He hoped that Uttarakhand would soon become a shooting hub due to the new film policy. Tiwari added that the suggestions of experts have been included in the formulation of the new film policy, due to which it will be easier for the film producers.

On this occasion, Editor of Garhwal Post and film actor Satish Sharma also shared his views and introduced film maker Anupam Sharma (who happens to be his cousin) to the audience. He shared that, as a boy of sixteen years, Anupam saw the film Saraansh (starring Anupam Kher and directed by Mahesh Bhatt) and decided that he would become a film maker. His dreams have now become a reality.

Ecole Globale Girls’ International School students with Anupam Sharma and Alok Ulfat of Nanhi Dunya.

Film maker Anupam Sharma also shared his views and expressed his continued love for Dehradun and Uttarakhand despite living in Australia. The Master of Ceremonies was film and TV actor and anchor Abhinav Chaturvedi of Hum Log fame.

St Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun students with Anupam Sharma. Anupam was fr
1986 batch of SJA.

’Brand Bollywood Downunder’ is a very interesting and entertaining story of Bollywood’s growth in Australia and around the world, revealing the industry’s inner workings on a global scale, while celebrating Bollywood cinema. It also features interviews with icons of Hindi cinema along with rare behind the scenes of Bollywood stars filming at picturesque locations in Australia.

On this occasion, Nodal Officer of Uttarakhand Film Development Council Dr Nitin Upadhyay, senior journalist Upendra Sharma, senior writers Kulbhushan Kain and Alok Joshi, actor Alok Ulfat and students of various schools were among those present.

Students of Graphic Era University, Uttaranchal University, Ecole Globale Girls’ International School, St Joseph’s Academy and Welham Boys’s School were present in the packed auditorium.
Film critic Sunita Vijay; Dr Alok Ahuja; writer & journalist Dr Anjali Nauriyal; Praveen Chandok of SJA Alumni Association; singer Shekinah Mukhiya; father of poet & actor Priya Malik, Muktesh Handa; Director Raja Chatterjee and his wife Sakshi Shail; Col J Sindhwani; author Ratna Manucha; Col Raj Manucha; writer Pooja Marwah; marine consultant & journalist Vipul Dhasmana; media professional Neelam Bhatt Shilswal; Dr Archana Johri; music composer Anuj Garg; actor & line producer Ritesh Mishra, were present amongst others.