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SRINAGAR:  The 4th Edition of Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) concluded on Tuesday with the screening of a film made in Kashmir 'Laila Majnu' at Tagore Hall. The festival was presented by Zee TV and Zee Cinema networks. The guests who were present on the occasion and distributed the awards include DC Srinagar Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Deputy Director Tourism Reyaz Ahmad, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Peerzada Hafizullah Shah, General Manager BSNL Mufti Musharib Gul, CEO Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) Hanief Balkhi and Chairman Kashmir Hoteliers Club Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya. 

Film Actors Yuvraj Kumar and Rippy Koul were felicitated while Cricketer,  Manzoor Pandow was honoured. On the occasion results of the films screened in the seven day film festival were also announced. The prizes were distributed in three sections National , International and Kashmiri. In National’s category Beautiful Me by Nupur Sandhu won the best Experimental film award, The Story of a race against time (Kotpad Weaving) by Bishwanath Rath won the award for Short Documentary, Kul Gov Garam By Arif Mushtaq Mir won the award for Short Fiction Film, however the special Jury Award was given to Talk to me Precious by Sabarivasan Shanmugan,  Aalorukkam By V C Abhilash for best Feature Fiction Film and the special jury award was given to Sadho By Danish Iqbal and Aamo Aakha Ekse By Pratibha Sharma for best Feature Length Doc. 

In International Section the award for Short Fiction was won by 'The Fear of Silence' (Bhoy) by Zuarijah Mou of Bangladesh, Short Fiction (Jury’s Special) was won by 'The Illusion Seller' (Khayolfurush) by Sharofat Arabova of Tajikistan, Feature Fiction Film award was given to 'Haldaa' by Tauquir Ahmad of Bangladesh. The award for the best Film in 'Kashmir Section' was won by 'The Stitch' (Teab) by Aasiya Zahoor. The mementos were also presented to the sponsors and supporters of the Kashmir World Film Festival. 

Syed Humayun Qaiser, Om Prakash Sharma , Haneef Shaikh and Gulzar Ganai from the Management Committee and Ashok Kaul, Nagesh Bhonlse and Sarvdeep Singh were honoured on the closing ceremony. Festival Director and Founder, Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan while  addressing the audience said he is a bit contended by today’s response. “I hope it increases manifolds in future as well.” “I will try my level best to conduct these film festivals till the end of my life and also I will leave a team behind who will hold these film festivals even after my life,” said Mushtaaque Ali Khan.

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SRINAGAR:  Two Kashmiri films screened on the sixth day of Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) on Monday at Tagore Hall here attracted the wider audience. The films include Shafqut Habib Hafiz’s Kashmir in Search of Kashmiriyat and Ashvin Kumar’s Inshallah Football.  The other films that were screened during the day include Behrouz Ghasemi Kalam’s 'Melody', Deveika Menon’s 'Lorii', Zuarijah Mou’s 'The Fear of Silence', Ashish Sharavani’s 'The Inner Sphere of the Deprived' and Sombhu Mitra and Amit Mitra’s 'Jagtay Raho'.     

On the sidelines, Bollywood film director and producer Ashok Kaul also interacted with the students and film buffs talking about the subjects like acting, direction and editing. “I gave them an overview about all the subjects related to the filmmaking and informed that how things work in the film Industry and why it demands an extra cautious to be there,” said Kaul.  

Students and films buffs also expressed their gratitude to the festival team for organizing such kind of festival in the valley. “Screenings of the two local films today here in the festival is really a positive sign. Local filmmakers are getting a space to showcase their talent,” said a faculty member of Amar Singh College Srinagar.  Festival Director Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan said: “After getting a positive response from students, film buffs and general public, we are planning to make this festival a unique one that will be remembered by the generations to come.”

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SRINAGAR:  Bollywood feature film Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018) was screened on the fifth day of Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) on Sunday at Tagore Hall here. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, the film stars John Abraham and Diana Penty in the lead roles. The other films that were screened during the day include Fahad Shah’s Rubai, Vikrant Badarkhe’s The Drainage, Pranav Krishna’s The Wall, Satyanshu Singh and Devanshu Singh’s Tamaash, Danish Iqbal’s Sadho and Tauquir Ahmed’s Haldaa. 

Award winning Indian film, television and theatre actor Nagesh Bhonsle also interacted with the students and film buffs on the sidelines of the festival and talked about the basics of the acting. “We did some practical stuff and I found the students are dedicated and talent as well. I believe that they need a platform to showcase their talent,” Bhonsle said.  

Students and films buffs also expressed their gratitude to the festival team for organizing such kind of festival in the valley. “First of all, we hardly get to see such films on YouTube and here our own films get screened on a big screen that is watched by so many people and then you have a healthy criticism,” said a group of students who attended the festival.

Festival Director Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan said: “I am happy that the students are turning up for the workshop and the festival despite the chilly weather outside. I believe that they are passionate and are keen to learn more about this field”