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Ronnie Screwvala walks the red carpet

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Monday, December 18, 2006
New Delhi, UNI: Indian filmmaker Ronnie Screwvala walked the red carpet this weekend at the Dubai International film festival along with Hollywood actor Richard Gere and Internationally-renowned filmmaker Oliver Stone.

Ronnie Screwvala, who, as the CEO of the film production house UTV, has produced pathbreaking films like India's Oscar nominee Rang De Basanti and the highly acclaimed Khosla Ka Ghosla, shared the stage with Richard Gere and Oliver Stone at a forum called "Operation Cultural Bridge-A World of Discovery" at the Madinet Theatre in Dubai on Friday night, held as part of the Dubai International film festival, sources in the UTV told UNI.

On the panel of the forum , which held discussions on issues such as 'cultural stereotypes in western film making', violence in the media and the responsibility of the artist in this case as also on dialogue amongst civilisations and reconciliation between enemies, were filmmaker Julia Bacha and Egyptian cinema personality Mohammad Khan.

The discussions at the forum, which grew out of DIFF's Operation Cultural Bridge programming segment, designed to present films that stimulate intercultural dialogue and reconciliation, which, thereby fosters cultural reconciliation, were moderated by Riz Khan of Al Jazeera International, the pioneering journalist who was the first to broadcast from the annual Haj in Mecca for CNN in 1998.

Speaking at the forum, which drew a houseful response from the local crowd, Ronnie Screvwala, the only Indian on the panel, focused on how the 'new age' of Indian cinema is responsible, aware and sensitive about the problems and concerns of the youth, UTV sources said.

In this regard, Mr Ronnie Screwvala cited the example of the Rakeysh Mehra-directed Rang De Basanti, India's official entry to the Oscars this year, a film that empowered the thinking of the youth.

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