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A film project promoting Vietnam-India cooperation

A film project promoting Vietnam-India cooperation

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 09:20 GMT+7
A film project promoting Vietnam-India cooperation
The film 'Love in Vietnam' marks India and Vietnam's first diplomatic cinematic partnership. Photo: Supplied

The Indian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City launched a film project at a press conference this month, which is a joint endeavor of Vietnam and India's diplomatic institutions to showcase the distinct cultural, culinary, and traditional features of the two countries' people.

Madan Mohan Sethi, Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City, announced the film project and laid out the consulate's goals for the next six months on June 18.

Key features include the observance of the International Day of Yoga 2024 (June 21) in Vietnam, as well as the film project 'Love in Vietnam,' which India and Vietnam will co-produce.

'Love in Vietnam' is the first cinematic endeavor created as a result of the two countries' diplomatic partnership.

The film tells the story of a transnational love between a Vietnamese girl and a young Indian man who met in Vietnam and experienced many beautiful adventures despite navigating various geographical, cultural, and familial norms.

The film has several well-known performers, including Kha Ngan, Shantanu Maheshwari, and Avneet Kaur.

The first photos from the film were presented during the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

The film will also be shown at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea from October 2 to 11 and the International Film Festival of India in Goa (IFFI-GOA) in the near future.

Madan Mohan Sethi, the Indian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, poses for a photo with visitors and partners after the news briefing on June 18. Photo: Hoang Trang/Tuoi Tre

Madan Mohan Sethi, Indian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, poses for a photo with visitors and partners after a press briefing on June 18, 2024. Photo: Hoang Trang / Tuoi Tre

According to Consul General Sethi, the film will showcase the distinct cultural, culinary, and traditional features of the two countries' people.

Furthermore, the film characters could portray the beauty of Vietnamese women who are resilient and intelligent.

"Since the film aims to connect the two countries' special relationship, I hope it will be widely screened for both Indians and Vietnamese," Sethi said at the news conference.

"In addition to that, the film would be a chance for us to showcase Bollywood and Vietnam's film industry to the international community."

Captain Rahul Bali, the film's director, also attended the briefing.

He said that, in addition to love scenes, 'Love in Vietnam' promotes tourism by highlighting exquisite cultural qualities as well as well-known Indian and Vietnamese tourist attractions.

The film crew scouted locations in south-central Vietnam, including Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, and Phu Yen, to capture incredible landscapes for the flick.

The International Day of Yoga took place on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City, with an estimated 1,000 yoga practitioners from both countries in attendance.

Yoga has developed dramatically in Vietnam over the last decade, especially in major cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Can Tho City.

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Kim Thoa - Hoang Trang / Tuoi Tre News

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