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Paris museum to organise Indian Summer in October

entertainment Updated: May 20, 2008 19:02 IST

Indian Summer, an annual film festival hosted by the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts in Paris, will mark its fifth year in September-October 2008 with a full-fledged celebration of "the stars of Bollywood".

"A total of 23 films will be screened over a period of two months and the package will include entries spanning over 60 years -- from the 1940s to the present day," Martine Armand, who has been curating the film festival since its inception, said.

She said: "The idea is to present the entire historical range -- from Mehboob Khan's Aan, starring Dilip Kumar to Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara, featuring Shah Rukh Khan. The festival will open with a screening of Guide, directed by Vijay Anand and starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman."

Among the other major films to be screened as part of the Indian Summer festival will be Jagte Raho, Bobby, Maya Memsaab, Devdas, Dil Se and Raincoat.

"The package," Armand announced, will lay a special emphasis on the films of Guru Dutt by screening Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Mr & Mrs 55, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Pyaasa and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. He has a huge following across France."

The Indian Summer film festival began in 2004 with a focus on regional language cinema. The following year, it was devoted exclusively to Bengali films and in 2006 to NRI films made by directors based in the US and UK.

Last year, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of India's freedom, the Guimet Museum hosted 'Towards Independence', a comprehensive package of films woven around the theme of India's freedom struggle.

"We screened films like Satyajit Ray's Ghare Baire, Shyam Benegal's Bose: The Forgotten Hero and The Making of the Mahatma and Pamela Rooks' Train to Pakistan.

The festival had opened with Ketan Mehta's Mangal Pandey -- The Rising," Armand said.