We should support issue-based films: Shiela Dikshit

New Delhi, Jan 19 Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit says the last movie she saw and thoroughly enjoyed was Aamir Khan's 'Taare Zameen Par', which focuses on dyslexic children. She feels more such issued based films should be made in the country.

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New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit says the last movie she saw and thoroughly enjoyed was Aamir Khan's 'Taare Zameen Par', which focuses on dyslexic children. She feels more such issued based films should be made in the country.

At the inaugural function of the Tri-Continental Human Rights Film Festival Friday, Dixit told IANS: 'I enjoy plays, movies and music. The latest film that I saw was 'Taare Zameen Par'. I liked it very much. I certainly think that we should support issue-based films like 'Taare...'. That is why I would like to support film festivals like this because these documentaries are issue based.'

'These films open up a world which many of us didn't realise exist. I have suggested that we will support this kind of festival so that people continue to make issue based films. And I do hope in time people would like to come here,' she added.

Dikshit gave away awards to the winners at the festival.

Delhi boy Parvej Sharma, a journalist-turned-filmmaker, walked away with the first prize for his documentary about gay couple titled 'Jihaad For Love' and Iranian director Mehrdad Oskouei got the runner up trophy for 'It's Always Late For Freedom'.

The chief minister also watched some parts of 'It's Always Late for Freedom', which kick started the festival. However, due to prior commitments she couldn't sit through the entire movie.

She said: 'I don't like going early, but I have to.'

Asked about her favourite actors, Dikshit said: 'My favourite actors depend upon what they are portraying. So I always have current favourites and not perennial favourites.'

Delhi is a culturally vibrant city and abuzz with all sorts of activities, feels the chief minister.

'Delhi is a fairly cultured city and has lot of cultural activities going on - somewhere musical evenings are going on, somewhere some play is going on and there are also poetry sessions and lots and lots of other things keep happening here. But I do hope that it doesn't get concentrated in Delhi. It should spread out to the whole country because people need entertainment,' she said.

The four-day festival, organised by international human rights organization Breakthrough, is an attempt to bring untold stories from the past and framing them within the context of human rights.


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