SCO Film Festival will be held in Mumbai from 27 to 31 January 2023.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting through the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is organizing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Film Festival in Mumbai from 27 to 31 January 2023. The opening ceremony will be held on 27 January 2023 at Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai.
The festival will open with a world premiere of Tamil film ‘Appatha’, which is directed by Padma Shri and National award-winning filmmaker Priyadarshan. The film features National award winning actor “Kavitha Ranjini, known by the stage name Urvashi“, in the lead role and will be benchmarked as her 700th film and 51 years in the Indian film industry.
Film Festival Screenings will take place at two locations in Mumbai, 4 auditoriums at the Film Division Complex at Pedder Road and 1 NFDC Theater at Nehru Planetarium Building at Worli.
A total of 57 films from SCO countries will be screened at the SCO Film Festival. 14 feature films are competing and will be screened in the competition section and 43 films will be screened in the non-competition section.
Marathi film ‘Godavari’ directed by Nikhil Mahajan and Gujarati film ‘The Last Film Show’ directed by Pan Nalin are nominated from the member nation India.
Along with it, Shoojit Sircar’s Sardar Udham, SS Rajamouli’s period film RRR in SCO country focus. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi in Director Focus, Mridul Toolsidas’s Toolsidas Junior in Children Focus and short film Jugalbandi by Chetan Bhakuni will be showcased. Moreover Five Restored Classics will also be showcased in the festival viz. Shatranj ke khiladi; (1977, Hindi), Subarnrekha (1965, Bengali), Chandralekha (1948, Tamil), Iru Kodgul (1969, Tamil) & Chidambaram (1985, Malayalam).