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INDIAN STARS GRACE THE RED CARPET AT 2007 DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Tue Nov 27,2007

Dubai, November 27, 2007: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) takes place from December 9 to 16, and as in years past, Indian artists will descend on the city with the best films of the year.

Powerhouse director Mira Nair’s ensemble film AIDS Jaago will bring a veritable swarm of Indian cinematic talent to the DIFF Gala red carpet. In a joint effort between Nair’s Mirabai films and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nair recruited four of India’s most cutting-edge directors to each helm a short narrative film about HIV/AIDS.

Nair’s segment, Migration, stars Shiney Ahuja, Raima Sen, Sameera Reddy and Irfan Khan. Both Nair and Raima Sen will be at DIFF to celebrate the film’s screening, as will Farhan Akhtar, who directed the segment called Positive. Akhtar, who made last year’s blockbuster Don with Shah Rukh Khan, is one of Mumbai’s most prominent directors.

Internationally acclaimed director and cinematographer Santosh Sivan brings both Parambha, one of the AIDS Jaago shorts, and Before the Rains, set in India in the 1930’s against the backdrop of the growing nationalist movement. The film stars rugby player cum social activitist and arthouse actor Rahul Bose in a conflict of loyalties between his village and his British boss. Bose is also confirmed to grace the DIFF proceedings.

Naseeruddin Shah will bring the World Premiere of his latest starrer, Shoot on Sight, a taut thriller in which he plays a Scotland Yard Inspector with divided loyalties investigating a fatal police shooting of an alleged terrorist. Co-star Laila Rouass will appear by Shah’s side to promote the film.

From Kerala, master director Adoor Gopalakrishnan and his leading actress, South Indian star Padma Priya will be on hand for the screening of 4 Women, about the issue of matrimony in the lives of four women from different social classes.

The revised international director’s cut of Taj Mahal will bring the great Kabir Bedi and ex-supermodel Pooja Batra, who star as Shah Jahan and his wife in the sprawling epic, one of the most expensive films ever to be made in India. Co-star Manisha Koirala will also be present at DIFF, where the audience will be the first in the world to see the Director’s Cut, introduced and discussed by Bedi himself with director Akbar Khan.

Another veteran star, Mithun Chakraborty (Guru, Dil Diya Hai), will attend the screening of Story of the Red Hills, in which he plays a broken-hearted Bengali Chhou dancer who finds a new lease on life through launching a dance ensemble.

DIFF 2007 runs for 8 star-studded days from December 9 to 16. Principal Sponsors are Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates and Jumeirah.

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About DIFF:

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) was launched in December 2004 under the theme: Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.

DIFF is held under the honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.

As the previous editions of DIFF have demonstrated, the Festival not only presents cinematic excellence from around the world, but is also an important high-profile platform for aspiring home-grown talent.

“Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds,” has been hailed by all as a unique and relevant theme to promote better understanding and mutual respect between different communities and countries.

Since its inception, DIFF has become an important meeting point for international and regional filmmakers and industry professionals setting the foundation for potential future collaborations.

The past three editions of DIFF have presented more than 250 films, documentaries and shorts from more than 48 countries.

DIFF 2006

In 2006 the festival took place at the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah resort. As a further commitment of DIFF’s endeavours to facilitate greater opportunities for regional Arab talent, the Muhr Awards was launched. Another first for DIFF in 2006 was the setting up of the Industry Office, which was established with a view to exclusively assist the needs of all registered delegates.

DIFF 2007

The fourth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will take place from December 9-16 and will present the best of Arab and international cinema in the feature film, shorts and documentary formats. Building on the success of last year, DIFF 2007 will also host the Muhr Awards and the Industry Office with new features.

For any further information and regular updates on DIFF 2007 please log on to www.dubaifilmfest.com

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Majid Wasi, Senior Account Manager, JiWin

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