Highlighting the need for strengthening its cultural relations with India, Kuwait has said it plans to hold a film festival in the South Asian country later this year.
Kuwait's Minister of Information Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said both countries should hold more such events as a means of boosting ties and increasing people to people contact.
Since an Indian film festival was already being held in Kuwait, it was now time for a Kuwaiti event to be held in India, Al-Sabah said while opening the Indian film festival this week. He indicated his plans to see a Kuwaiti film festival happen in India in 2008.
The festival was organised by the Indian embassy, in collaboration with the Kuwait National Cinema Company, from April 2-5 and saw the screening of Bollywood hits "Chak de India", "Veer Zaara" and "Black" with Arabic sub-titles.
The opening was attended by five of the 'Chak de' actresses Vidya Malavade, Shilpa Shukla, Chitrashi Rawat, Arya Menon and Shubhi Mehta, who lit the traditional lamp and were presented with a traditional Kuwaiti Dhow.
They later spoke on their experiences while shooting for the Shahrukh Khan starrer and also interacted with students from the local Indian schools.
Under the Cultural Exchange Programme signed during the visit of the Kuwaiti Amir to India in June 2006, many such events in cultural and economic fields were under consideration, Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, M Ganapathi said.