About 1,500 people have seen the best Indian films of the 20th century at the first Indian film festival in Novgorod. The Novgorod Kinoservis association reported on Monday that in the course of six days the residents of Veliky Novgorod (administrative centre of a region of the same name in Russia's North-West of Russia, some 500 km from Moscow) have seen 6 Indian pictures made in the 1950s-1980s.
The festival opened on October 8th with a show of the film, with which, according to organizers, boosted the popularity of the Indian cinema in Russia back in the 1950s.
The festival was opened by Indian ambassador to Russia Krishnan Raghunath.
The centre of the festival program were films made by famous Indian cinematographer Raj Kapoor.
After the festival ends in the regional centre, viewers from other parts of the region will also be able to see these films.
The Indian film festival in the Novgorod region was organized at the initiative of the Indian embassy in Russia and the Novgorod Kinoservis association.
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