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Ambika Soni exhorts organising retrospectives in small towns

NEW DELHI: The Minister of Information & Broadcasting Ambika Soni has asked the Directorate of Film Festivals to organise retrospectives of eminent filmmakers in smaller towns and remote corners of the country instead of concentrating on the metros.

Inaugurating the three-day retrospective of Shakti Samanta films in the Capital, the minister said that she would soon have more such mini-film festivals organised in Meghalaya, Jammu and every corner of the country.


Commenting on Samanta, the minister said that the government was fortunate to have made use of the talent of the noted filmmaker for seven long years when he headed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).


Director and son of the late filmmaker, Ashim Samanta related some anecdotes of his father‘s life. He pointed out that his father had set examples like recording 12 songs in a single day or shooting a whole song in one shot.


Earlier, Film Festivals director SM Khan said that the Directorate had decided to clear the backlog of the National Film Awards wherein awards for 2007 and 2008 would be announced within the current financial year.


Others present at the inauguration which concluded with the screening of Amar Prem included I&B secretary Raghu Menon.

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