On India’s Independence Day, the first-ever Film Festival Kenya was inaugurated in a grand ceremony in Nairobi. The inauguration was done by the Indian High Commissioner, Rahul Chhabra.
The awardees at the film festival included popular actor Arjun Rampal & filmmakers Raju Chadha, Rahul Mittra and Umesh Shukla, Dharmindra Mehra and Ajay Arora.
Minister for Information, Communication & Technology, Joe Mucheru pledged to review the decade’s old Films and Stage Plays Act to make it friendlier to movie makers. He said that the government would line up tax holiday and rebates to lure Indian movie makers to invest in Kenya.
Added Raju Chadha, top producer and film presenter who was awarded for his immense contribution to Indian cinema.
“I see a lot of opportunities in Kenya and was elated at the warm reception. I look forward to shooting a film here soon,”
Filmmaker Rahul Mittra’s address at the round table got a standing ovation where he spelled out the way forward for the Kenyan Government in order to attract filmmakers from India & rest of the world. The five day Indian Film Festival Kenya 2019 was curated by Captain Rahul Sudesh Bali and organised by The Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) under the aegis of the High Commission of India in Kenya and supported by Kenya Film Commission & Sarova Hotels & Resorts.
The Bollywood celebrities were also taken to spectacular locations including the breathtaking Masai Mara & Mobassa, Aapart from hosting a round table conference along with top Kenyan filmmakers & government functionaries.
Also present were cricketer Aasif Karim, CFO Safaricom Sateesh Kamath, Chairman Kenya Tourism Jimmi Kariuki, CEO Kenya Film Commission Timothy Owase & Rajay Singh of Safari Trails.