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Centenary Film Festival inaugurated on April 25

New Delhi, Apr 26 (): The Centenary Film Festival, a six-day festival was inaugurated on April 25, Thursday evening to celebrate the 100 years of Indian cinema. The festival is being celebrated at the Siri Fort auditorium, Jamia Milia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University and India Habitat Centre.

The grand film festival is organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Veteran Oriya cinematographer-filmmaker Apurba Kishore Bir lit the inaugural lamp along with Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and Information & Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma.

Tewari in his inaugural speech said that the idea behind the festival was to personify the culture of the country.

Many cine celebrities like Ramesh Sippy and Vishal Bhardwaj from Bollywood and Nagarjuna Akkineni and Rana Daggubati from south graced the event.

Ramesh Sippy said he was happy being a part of the grand celebration of 100 years of cinema. He said that we had seen some great moments on-screen from greatest talents. Also we have seen the cinema grow over the years and Sippy was proud and happy to be a part of it and hoped the next 100 years were equally beautiful.

Southern star Nagarjuna said that he was privileged to be a part of 100 years of Indian cinema. He further said, in his career span of 25 years, his journey had been incredible, when he had witnessed many changes in Indian cinema.

On the first day of the film festival, the inaugural programme was followed by the screening of silent film “A Throw of Dice”, by German-born director, Franz Osten alongside a live orchestra by Ustad Nishat Khan.

The film festival includes screening of classics as well as contemporary Indian films by famous directors like Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Shyam Benegal. On the final day of the festival, April 30, a play on the life of Dadasaheb Phalke by Aamir Raza Hussain will bring the curtains down.

Today’s programme highlights (26th April 2013)

– 5.00 P.M. – 6.00 P.M. – AIR Vaadya Vrinda Program (Theme-100 Years of Indian Cinema)

– 7.00 P.M.-9.30 P.M – Baazi (Hindi) 143 mts./1951, Dir: Guru Dutt (Produced by and starring Dev Anand) (In the presence of Kalpana Lajmi)