Gowariker gets 'entertainment with a purpose' award

NEW DELHI: Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker today has received the ‘Contribution to Entertainment with a purpose award’ at the concluding function of the Worldkids International Film Festival here.The award was given away by Michail Maniatis who represents ‘Kids for Kids Global’ organisation in the presence of Children’s Film Society, India chairperson Nafisa Ali.

Over thirty feature, short fiction and animation films for young children from India and overseas were screened at the Festival which had been inaugurated a week earlier by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

The festival has been organised by WorldKids, a brainchild of renowned filmmaker Manju Singh.

Gowariker said that he had attempted in all his films – like ‘Lagaan’, ‘Swades’ or ‘Jodha Akbar’ – to infuse a message.

Ali said the children’s film movement should take strength from private and public organizations to promote the concept of good cinema among children, as these can be vehicles of good culture and traditions among the young.

Maniatis said getting good films for children made by adults was not easy, and this was why his organisation was encouraging children to make films.

Singh said the WorldKids International Film Festival aims to introduce value based entertainment that promotes learning and inculcates a positive influence on young minds through cinema by showcasing some of the best national and international children’s films.

Some of the countries from where the films have come include Italy, the United States, India, Iran, the Philippines, Canada, Germany, Israel, Cuba-France, Latvia and Kenya.

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