Mauritius President Anerood Jugnauth will unveil the Pravasi Film Festival Awards on December 1, 2009, which will be given away after the first-ever film festival featuring films made by those living overseas or made outside the country.
Eminent guests, including MPs Raj Babbar, Rajiv Shukla, Shabir Ali, and Vice Chancellor IASE University Milap Duggar, actors Manoj Bajpai and Shekhar Suman, and poet Ashok Chakradhar, among others, will be present at the ceremony, which will herald the launch of the Film Festival.
Harish Rawat, Minister of State, Ministry of Labour and Employment, will be the chief guest on the occasion, which coincides with the launch of the special issue of Pravasi Today – ‘Mauritius - The Diaspora Capital’.
The first Pravasi Film Festival is being organised at India Habitat Centre in Delhi from January 3-6, 2010 by Pravasi Today with the support of Mauritius High Commission in India. Mookhesswur Choonee, High Commissioner of Mauritius in India, is one of the patrons of the festival. Mauritius Cinema, especially Bhojpuri language cinema, will be one of the main attractions of the festival.
A large number of personalities are expected to participate in the Film Festival. They include Meera Nair, Deepa Mehta, Gurinder Chadha, Saeed Jaffrey, Sharmila Tagore, Soha Ali Khan, Adoor Gopalakrishna, Poorva Bedi of ‘American Desi’ fame, Nasreen Munni Kabeer, Shandell Prasad, Manoj Bajpai, Prakash Jha, Karan Razdan, Rahul Rawail and Satish Kaushik.
Of the almost 20 films to be screened at the Festival are ‘Life Goes On’, ‘Monsoon Wedding’, ‘New York’, ‘The President is Coming’, and ‘Inner World of Shahrukh Khan’, among others. Apart from these, films from Yash Raj Films and Sippy Productions will also be screened during the festival.