On October 17-18, 2013, the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi hosted a festival of Russian cinema on the eve of the visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Moscow.
For the eighth time already the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies at the University holds the film screening timed to the annual Russian-Indian summit. An opportunity to see the movies of a friendly country attracted the widest audience as before: Russian language students, proifessors, graduates, academicians, public persons and journalists.
Mr Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, was the guest of honor at the ceremony. He noted that India “has always experienced the support of Russia, even in very difficult times” “Now Russian-Indian cooperation is expanding into a number of the most important fields, which is visibly evidenced by our multifaceted relations of special privileged and strategic partnership, ” – he noted.
Senior Counsellor of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi S.V.Karmalito highly praised the effort of the organizers to contribute to deepening mutual understanding and stronger friendship between Russia and India. He recalled that the film “Soldier’s Father” (1964), which was the opener of the festival, had greatly influenced several generations, and expressed hope that it will not only let the Indian audience gain better knowledge of the Russian history and culture, but will help to reach a deeper understanding of Russian people’s mentality.
In addition to the patriotic film dedicated to the WWII, the film programme included the classic movie “Voyage Beyond the Three Seas” (1958) and the romantic comedy “My boyfriend – an Angel” (2012).
“Cinema has always linked Russia and India, - noted Professor Arun Mohanty, director of the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies. – In 1955, the first visit of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to the Soviet Union was accompanied by the first festival of Indian movies, which was a great success. Since then India has become an essential cultural part of the USSR and later - of Russia. We are trying to bring Russia closer to India by showing Russian films”.