Mumbai, India (CNN) – As the summer sun began to shine, film stars and actors in the Indian film industry gathered at a park on the outskirts of Mumbai.
They had been invited by the Mumbai Film Development Corporation (MFD) to attend a screening of a new film, a celebration of the first-time filmmaker’s work.
For Kishore Sharma, who was a director in the mid-1990s, it was a chance to show off his work in an industry where his films were sometimes not received well.
He was also a filmmaker in the 1990s, and it was not a good experience for him, he said.
The festival, which is known as Kishor Gopinath, is scheduled to open on July 13.
A few hundred people attended the screening of “Kamal: Anand” at the park.
A few hundred more watched the screening at the nearby Vyaswami park.
Sharma had been a producer on the film, but was not yet eligible to be included in the festival.
He was not able to attend the screening due to an illness.
In order to make the festival work, he needed a visa to enter India and a sponsorship from a film distributor, according to his lawyer, who did not want to be named.
The promoter had to pay for his hotel, food and transportation.
Sharma said he was not interested in attending the festival as he had received no information about his visa or sponsorship from the film company.
But he was hopeful the festival would not end up being a mere celebration of a film that had never been seen before in India.
The festival has been on the cards for the past six months.
The MFD had started screening films in March, when it had already booked about 100 festival tickets.
This time, the festival has decided to expand the number of screenings to 100.
The company has not given any indication whether or not it will accept foreign films.
The organisers say the festival is about showcasing the talent of the Indian cinema.
And they want to show the film industry that India has a strong film industry and that it has not stopped growing.
But critics say the event is also part of a larger trend of the government restricting foreign films in the country.
“This is not a film festival but a political campaign.
The government has no interest in promoting cinema here,” said Prabhakar Prasad, a former government spokesperson.
Actors from other films also expressed disappointment.
“We hope this event will be remembered as the moment when a film can come to India from abroad, when the government does not restrict films, when a filmmaker can make a film without fear of repercussions,” said Anupam Nath, who had also been invited to the festival last year.
He added, “I don’t think any film has been made here.
The only thing I am hoping is that the government will take note of the work that has been done here.
And not just me.”
Rajiv Kumar Sharma, a Mumbai-based actor who has appeared in films including “Sardar” and “Mamal” said, “This is an unfortunate incident.
This is not an issue of freedom of expression.
This should be about making films.
If it’s not about film, then why should we celebrate?”