The first-ever Indian Film Festival Kenya’s inauguration was a grand ceremony in Nairobi. Coinciding with Indian Independence Day by the Indian High Commissioner Rahul Chhabra.
Awardees at Indian Film Festival Kenya included popular actor Arjun Rampal & top filmmakers Raju Chadha, Rahul Mittra & Umesh Shukla and Dharmindra Mehra and Ajay Arora.
Minister for Information, Communication & Technology Joe Mucheru pledged to review the decade’s old Films and Stage Plays Act to make it friendlier to movie makers and said that the government would line up tax holiday and rebates to lure Indian movie makers to invest in Kenya.
“I see a lot of opportunities in Kenya and was happy at the warm reception. I look forward to shooting a film here soon,” added Raju Chadha. Top producer and film presenter got award for his immense contribution to Indian cinema.
Filmmaker Rahul Mittra’s address at the round table got a standing ovation. He spells out the way forward for the Kenyan Government in order to attract filmmakers from India & rest of the world. Minister also notes it. The five day festival’s curator was Captain Rahul Sudesh Bali. And organisers were The Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) under the aegis of the High Commission of India in Kenya. Kenya Film Commission & Sarova Hotels & Resorts gave its support.
The Bollywood celebrities were also taken to spectacular locations including the breathtaking Masai Mara & Mobassa. Apart from hosting a round table conference along with top Kenyan filmmakers & government functionaries. Also present were Cricketing legend Aasif Karim, CFO Safaricom Sateesh Kamath, Chairman Kenya Tourism Jimmi Kariuki, CEO Kenya Film Commission Timothy Owase & Rajay Singh of Safari Trails.