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Indian Film Fest wraps up in Ho Chi Minh City with various hit movies

Indian Film Fest wraps up in Ho Chi Minh City with various hit movies

Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 14:55 GMT+7
Indian Film Fest wraps up in Ho Chi Minh City with various hit movies
Representatives and movie-goers attend the Indian Film Festival 2023 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied

The Indian Film Festival 2023, which kicked off at Galaxy Nguyen Du Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday, wrapped up on Tuesday night, providing a feast for the eyes and ears with impressive Bollywood films.

The fest was part of Namaste Vietnam Festival 2023, whose opening ceremony took place at Hoa Binh Theater in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. 

The film event was co-hosted by the Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City and the Vietnam Cinema Association.

During the closing night of the fest, spectators were excited by 'Kaya Palat,' directed by Shoib Nikash Shahm. The film stars Tariq Khan, Rohil Bhatia, and Helly Shah.

During the three-day festival, a total of seven Bollywood films were screened, highlighting numerous traditional dishes that helped popularize Indian culture among Vietnamese people, said Do Lenh Hung Tu, chairman of the Vietnam Cinema Association.

The film fest was aimed at cementing the two nations’ cinema partnership, he stressed.

“During the festival, many Indian filmmakers have contacted us to discuss their shooting plans in Ho Chi Minh City and other localities,” Tu added.

Kaya Palat was a perfect film to finalize the fest, spreading the message of the law of causality, he expressed his feeling after watching the movie.

The cast and crew of Indian film Kaya Palat at the closing ceremony of the Indian Film Festival 2023. Photo: Supplied

The cast and crew of Indian film 'Kaya Palat' at the closing ceremony of the Indian Film Festival 2023. Photo: Supplied

“After watching the film, I think that all of us are scared of hatred. The film advises us to be more lenient and it is high time to forgive and forget,” said Vietnamese director Xuan Phuong.

Actress and director Mai Thu Huyen said, “India is one of my favored nations, so I am a fan of Indian films.”

“The film surprised me from the start to the end due to its twists,” she said, adding that “I do admire the writer and director of the film for creating such a meaningful message.”

Namaste Vietnam Festival was first launched in the Southeast Asian nation in 2022 to connect Vietnamese and Indian people via various trade and tourism promotion as well as cultural exchange activities.

The highlights of this year’s edition were the Indian Film Festival and seminars on Vietnam-India cooperation in tourism, railways, and cinema.

The Namaste Vietnam Festival 2023 takes place in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat, and Tuy Hoa City in the south-central province of Phu Yen from August 12 to 17.

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Tieu Bac – Ha Trang / Tuoi Tre News

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