Filmfare and National awards winner Dutta (7 Islands and a Metro), a National School of Drama (New Delhi) alumni, besides filmmaking, is also said to be a producer-curator-pedagogue-researcher-activist. Congratulating Dutta and her project team, acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged India Government and large private conglomerates of India to promote independent cinema. India was full of creative and excellent filmmakers and they only needed an integrated effort in funding, encouragement, marketing/promotion, exposure in global avenues, and organization of world-level film festivals in India, Rajan Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, added.
Another Indian entry into this Festival is My Name Is Khan in "out of competition" category. Directed by Filmfare winner Karan Johar (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...), its cast includes Filmfare winners Shah Rukh Khan (Chak De India!) and Kajol (Fanaa) besides Christopher B. Duncan (Contradictions of the Heart), who plays US President Barack Obama. It is the story of Rizwan Khan of Mumbai who suffers from Asperger syndrome. Berlin International Film Festival (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin) is claimed to be "the biggest audience event in the film world". At last Festival, it had 486,955 visitors from 136 countries and there were 389 films in the public program. Dieter Kosslick is Festival Director.
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