The Telangana Government intends to make Hyderabad city to a permanent venue for the biennial International Children's Film Festival in future, said the Minister for Cinematography Talasani Srinivas Yadav.
Addressing the valedictory of the week-long function got up at the Shilpa Kala Vedika located amidst the hi-tech environs in the historic city of Hyderabad this evening and attended by film personalities across the globe and others, the Minister said that the Telangana Government is ready to host the festival in the coming years too. "Hyderabad city has all the necessary facilities like convenient transport and can provide the best possible hospitality besides the atmosphere that suits everyone. The city has been the venue for several international summits and programmes and our Chief Minister Chandrasekhara Rao was too happy to host any such event," Talasani said.
Observing that the 20th International Children's Film Festival is second in the series after Telangana State is formed, the Cinematography Minister said that the concluding ceremony is being celebrated on an important day of the Children's Day. "I am happy that the Children's Film Festival is being concluded on the Children's Day," he added.
Regretting that the parents are mounting pressure on the wards for better education, Talasani Srinivas wanted the parents to concentrate more on bringing out the hidden talent in their children. "Education, education and education. This has become the buzzword with the parents these days. They should shun this and encourage their children to do more in which they are interested. Only then the real talent will come out and they can become the most responsible citizens of the country," he added.
Congratulating chairman of the Children Film Society, India, (CFSI) Mukhesh Khanna and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sravan Kumar for successfully conducting the week-long festival, the Minister expressed the hope that films screened have helped the children gain better knowledge. "I also hope that you have a very good time in Hyderabad during this period," he stated.
In his opening remarks, CFSI chairman Mukhesh Khanna said that he is in Hyderabad and attended the function only to greet the children of Telangana on the Children's Day. He wanted the children to no longer watch the films but should make the films. "The days of children watching the movies have gone. With the films that I watched during this film festival I am sure that the kids will soon turn as film-makers and become successful," he stated.
He felt that the children can grow as a strong citizen of the country only of they adopt the policy of straightforwardness, the Sakhthimaan fame told the children to 'sit straight, walk straight and talk straight." Only then they will be perfect citizens, he said.
Maintaining that several sessions, including workshops and open forums, were held as part of the film festival which drew a tremendous response, Mukesh Khanna said that the Golden Elephant, the symbol of the Children Film Festival, is growing stronger and stronger by every year.
Bollywood actors Yamini Gowtham and Shraddha Kapoor and Tollywood heroine of yesteryear Amala Akkineni stole the limelight. Commissioner of Information and Public Relations who is also the managing director of the Telangana State Film Development Corporation Navin Mittal and CEO of the CFSI Sravan Kumar felicitated them.
The Shilpa Kala Vedika is abuzz with activity since this morning with film personalities, actors, directors and producers have drawn across the globe gathering for the mega event that is concluded after a week-long screening of films made in various global languages. Over 1400 films selected for the festival were screened in 40 theatres in various parts of Telangana, including Hyderabad.
14-year-old Suleman, who is stated to be the youngest flute-player in the country, regaled the selective audience playing the flute. Awards were also distributed to the winners in various categories.