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A film festival that never began

Neither the Festival Director nor any one from organisers turned up at the inauguration.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 20:50 IST

The India International Women's Film Festival failed to begin in New Delhi on Monday evening as utter organisational chaos prevailed at the venue Siri Fort auditorium where none from organisers, Kolkata-based Film and Media Studies, showed up.

As per the invitation card issued by the organisers, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit was to inaugurate the festival. The card listed Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee as the chief guest and Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi as a special guest.

Neither the Festival Director nor any one from the Kolkata-based organisation turned up at the inauguration which never took off. There was no one from the organizers to even explain what went wrong with the event.

The only leading person to show up at the venue was National Commission for Women Chairperson Girija Vyas and it turned out to be an embarassment for her to find that the function was a no-show affair.

A visibly annoyed Vyas left the venue in a huff within minutes.

"I was especially invited for this function. I even rescheduled several important meetings to come here. This is really bad and it's a case of complete mismanagement," she said.

There were a only a handful of people, including some foreign guests, and mediapersons who had turned up for the inaugural, knowing little that it would not take place.

When contacted, I & B Spokesperson, Ravinder Singh said the ministry was not a "collabrator" of the function but just provided the infrastructural support to the organising committee.

"Many organisations ask for monetary support and we are not concerned with such functions," he said.

First Published: Dec 12, 2006 20:50 IST