UP Tourism and Culture Affairs Minister Neelkanth Tiwari inaugurated the event in the presence of Anupam Kher, Rahul Mittra, Ashoke Pandit, Satish Kaushik, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ravi Kishan and Raju Srivastava.
The first edition of the Kashi Indian International Film Festival began in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh Tourism and Culture Affairs Minister Neelkanth Tiwari inaugurated the three-day festival. The ceremony took place in the presence of actor Anupam Kher, filmmaker Rahul Mittra, President of Indian Film and Television Directors Association Ashoke Pandit, directors Satish Kaushik and Madhur Bhandarkar, MP and actor Ravi Kishan, and comedian Raju Srivastava, amongst others.
While Anupam Kher and Ashoke Pandit will participate in a panel discussion on Varanasi’s rich cultural heritage, award-winning filmmaker Rahul Mittra will speak on the importance of Uttar Pradesh as a centre for film production, and the potential for regional cinema on the festival’s second day.
Singer Kailash Kher and Hema Malini will also perform on the second day. The Kashi Film Festival is taking place ahead of the beginning of the construction work on the ambitious film City at Sector-21 of the Yamuna Expressway Development Authority (YEIDA) area of Gautam Budh Nagar district in January 2022.