"It's a pleasure to be here today. A total of 99 films will be screened in four days during this festival. It's really great. I have attended many film festivals but a lot of international films will also be shown in this festival. I hope this festival continues forever and forever," Akshay told reporters.
The jury members for the Indian showcase includes filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, actress-director Aditi Ninad Deshpande, ace cinematographer India Raamachandraah, film editor Suresh Pai and theatre doyen Abbas Khan">Feroz Abbas Khan.
The festival began in Delhi and travelled to 15 cities before coming to Mumbai. It will showcase films under seven sections: World Panorama, Indian Showcase (In Competition), Jagran Shorts (International and National in Competition), and Jagran Classics - Top 20 films of Indian Cinema, Country Focus (South Korea), Homage to Rituparno Ghosh and Berlinale Shorts.
The festival has also organised a competition for short films with more than 35 entries in various Indian regional languages competing for top honours.
Akshay says he doesn't get time to follow world cinema. He says: "I try to follow world cinema as much as I can but there are around 180 films releasing in a year in the industry, so I try to catch those films as well. I try my best to watch Korean and European films."
The festival will continue till Sep 29 at the Fun Republic Cinema in Andheri west when the prizes will be given.