It's about quality too, says Indranil Chakravarty, professor of film appreciation at Mumbai's Whistling Woods. "The creative vitality of LatAm cinema far supersedes that of Spanish cinema." And both sides see India as a big market for production and screening.
As a result Spanish-language films have found a market here. Sen says more than a third of the Spanish productions screened at the annual fest are snapped up by PVR, Alliance Media and UTV. Latin American producers, too, have tasted success through such festivals.
This week, the fight back by the newly-colonial - read 'purely Spanish' - producers has given Delhi's film lovers a reason to celebrate.
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