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Color Run 2020 returns to Doha next year | 25 January 2020

Color Run 2020 returns to Doha next year | 25 January 2020

DOHA: The internationally popular Color Run, which since its inception since 2012 has been experienced by over 6 million people worldwide in 35 plus countries and has donated a staggering $5 million to charity globally is all set to return to locally to Doha in 2020.

The Color Run is a unique event that celebrates health, happiness, and individuality by empowering and encouraging participants of all ages and abilities to focus on their health and well-being.

The event has become a globally famous phenomenon and last year’s Doha Color Run 2019 witnessed thousands of participants.

The 2020 Color Run also popularly known as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’ has a new theme “Love Tour” and the event comes with the grooviest packs for participants, encouraging everyone to let their love shine and take part in one of the most memorable family activities of the year.

This year’s Color Run presented by Sahtak Awalan: Your Health First – the flagship public health campaign of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) will return to Qatar National Convention Centre on Saturday, 25 January 2020 with a much bigger expected turnout.

As in previous years, The Color Run 2020 runners will wear white and be doused from head to toe in brightly different colored powders at 1km intervals as they make their way around the 5km course, before celebrating completion with friends and family at the

Once the 5k is over, the fun continues at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration with music, photo ops, activity booths, vendors and more massive color throws creating millions of vivid color combinations.

The excitement and hype witnessed towards this wonderful event demonstrate once again Qatar’s vision to empower and inspire all to lead healthier and happier lifestyles. And people from every part of the community in Qatar have shown their enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle by taking part in The Color Run.

For more details and purchasing tickets please visit www.thecolorrun.qa.

Image Credit: thecolorrun.qa

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Qatar National Day | Indian cultural performances and parades planned for National Day celebrations

Qatar National Day | Indian cultural performances and parades planned for National Day celebrations

DOHA: As in previous years Qatar will celebrate the National Day on 18th December to commemorate the unification of this beloved nation which happened on the same day in 1878.

The Qatar National Day organizing committee has announced this year’s slogan as “Al Maali Kaydah” meaning the path to excellence is difficult.

Cultural performances and traditional shows by Indian, Sri Lankan Nepalese and Bangladeshi community teams and musical performances by well-known Asian orchestras have been planned at the Barwa Al Baraha – Football Ground as part of the Qatar National Day celebrations.

Additionally, a cultural parade by company teams showcasing Indian, Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Bangladeshi community will take place at the Asian Accommodation City – Near Karqa HQ in the Industrial area.

A special event for students and parents will be held at the Lusail Sports Complex where cultural parade and performances by 7100 students from 18 Asian schools will delight audiences between 3 pm to 9 pm. Entry is for students and their parents and families only.

In Al Khor, cultural performance, traditional and musical shows by Indian, Bangladeshi and Nepalese nationals by the Al Khor community teams will entertain people at the Al Khor – Barwa Workers Recreation Complex

A Cricket Tournament by Indian and other Asian community teams will take place on the Asian Town – Cricket Stadium.

All events will take place on 18th December between 3 pm – 9 pm except for the cricket match which will start at 10 am.

These events are apart from the usual National Day celebrations that take place every year including the Corniche parade, Dar Al Shaai tent shows fireworks and a host of other informative and entertaining programmes at various venues spread right across the nation.

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Indian film stars to play maiden T20 cricket match in Qatar next year

Indian film stars to play maiden T20 cricket match in Qatar next year

Sports Correspondent

DOHA: Crescent Cricket Club (CCC) – an India-based sports club is all set to bring in film stars’ for the first time in Qatar for a T20 cricket match to be held in March next year.

This was announced recently at a press conference in the Raddison Blu Hotel attended by well-known Indian film actors Tushar Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, Rahul Dev, Bala Kumar, Vivek Gopan, John Kappallil, and Rajeev Pillai along with well-known Indian community members and representatives of different Doha-based cricket organizations.

Shakeel Shafi, chairman of CCC, said that the club has been organising Indian film celebrities’ cricket matches since 2011 for different charity causes but this is going to the club’s first match at an international venue.

However, the intention of holding a cricket match here was not for charity purposes but to entertain the residents of Qatar. Shafi explained, “Through these matches, we have been trying to promote the diversity of India as actors from different states come together and play cricket. We are excited about organising a star-studded cricket match, first time outside India and it is going to be in Qatar.

“Our research has shown that Doha is the right place to organise a cricket match due to the great importance Qatar is giving to sports. Once we get permission, we will announce the date and venue for the match.”

“Our team from North India will be captained by ace actor Suniel Shetty and the other team will be headed by actor Bala Kumar from Kerala,” he added.

Shafi thanked the sponsors and local cricket associations for their support and added that people from all corners of India live and work in Qatar and they will get a unique opportunity to watch their favorite film celebrities play cricket.

Addressing the press conference, popular Bollywood actor Tushar Kapoor said: “The match is sure to attract more spectators promoting both sport and culture. I am very excited to go be part of a match where film stars from all over India will be represented. We are here to figure out how the rules and regulations will work out for the planned match and I urge Doha residents to make the event a great success. This is my first trip to Qatar and hope to come back soon.”

Expressing his views, character actor Rajpal said: “This is my second visit to Qatar and I have received same kind of love and affection here, as before. I have been a part of all CCC cricket matches since 2011. It has actually brought different film industries in India together and has been instrumental in promoting south Indian movies in north of the country. I am thankful to the organisers for inviting me here. Qatar seems like home to me and I hope the celebrity match in March is going to be a big success.”

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Mughal-e-Azam is all set to stage its Doha premiere at Al Mayassa Theatre, Qatar National Convention Centre, with three shows from the 19th to the 21st of this month.

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IWA Qatar | Mrs. IWA contest gets pretty good response

IWA Qatar | Mrs. IWA contest gets pretty good response

DOHA: The Indian Women’s Association is holding a Mrs. IWA QATAR contest on 7th December 2019 at Hotel Grand Hyatt @ 6 pm.

The contest submission entries which closed on 31st October witnessed an overwhelming response from married Indian ladies. This is the second year of the contest and according to the organisers the response has been really commendable.

The Mrs. IWA 2019 is an event tagged lined “Come, Conquer, Cherish” and aims to provide a platform to all married Indian women to showcase their talents in different fields.

Contestants are being specially groomed by Mrs. Preeti Trivedi (Mrs. India UK 2018 – Community Queen, London).

Tickets for the event available on Q-tickets (https://www.q-tickets.com/Events/EventDetails/7516). Tickets are priced QR 105, including service charges for members and QR 183.75, including service charges. The age restriction is above 18 years and bachelors are strictly not allowed.

Radio Olive and Radio Suno are supporters of the event.

IWA has sent out a message to all Indian ladies – “Dress up in your best evening gowns. Buckle your stilettos and get ready for our signature event – MRS IWA 2019”

QatarIndians.com requests all its Indian lady followers to attend this glittering memorable event!

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Qatar Balloon Festival 2019 | This exciting historic first-ever unique fest being held from 7 to 18 December will probably be etched in the memories of Qatari citizens, residents, and visitors for a long time to come.

 

 

 

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Mughal-e-Azam all set to stage Doha premiere

Mughal-e-Azam all set to stage Doha premiere

An award-winning Broadway-style musical not to be missed!

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

After enthralling packed audiences across India and abroad the world-class theatrical production from India, Mughal-e-Azam is all set to stage its Doha premiere at Al Mayassa Theatre, Qatar National Convention Centre, with three shows from the 19th to the 21st of this month.

The stage production is based on and a homage to the late Indian maestro director K. Asif’s epic classic of the same name that was produced by Shapoorji Pallonji in 1960.

And more than five decades later, the renowned Indian playwright Feroz Abbas Khan, brings this classic film to stage in a stunning musical homage to K. Asif’s classic film whose dialogues, music and song are part of the cultural memories of many generations. The musical, which has been proclaimed as the first Broadway-style musical, swept the Broadway World Awards last year, bagging awards in 7 categories, including Best Play and Best Director has set a new benchmark for Indian theatre.

According to the organisers, Mughal-e-Azam follows the story of the Mughal Prince Salim who openly declares his love for a lowly court dancer named Anarkali and leads a rebellion against his mighty father, Emperor Akbar, who disapproves of their relationship.

The Mughal-e-Azam musical is a fitting tribute to K Asif’s timeless epic with its stunning scale, design, and overall splendor production qualities.

Renowned Indian playwright Khan, known for plays like Mahatma vs Gandhi, Tumhari Amrita, Saalgirah and Dinner with Friends has weaved together a rich, colourful tapestry of ideas that touches upon class wars and love in the face of rebellion. It pits an uncompromising father at loggerheads with his beloved Son, in a painful personal dilemma.

The musical is mostly faithful to the Asif classic, complete with lavish sets, exotic costumes, flowery verses, soulful music and brilliantly choreographed dance sequences, all of which are sublimely orchestrated by Khan to create an immersive theatre experience.

The stage production has all the dramatic elements you desire from a brilliant musical – thunderous dialogues, melodious songs, and mesmerizing dance sequences.

The extravagant sets of the Mughal era feature a cast and crew of more than 350 people, over 200 lights illuminating the stage and 550 costumes designed by the internationally well-known Manish Malhotra, along with breath-taking choreography by Mayuri Upadhyay rendering the Broadway-style production a musical not to be missed.

Live singing by the lead actors adds yet another dynamic dimension to the historic tale.

Director Khan said, “I had always wanted to share this great piece of cinema as a theatrical experience. The epic love story of Prince Salim and Anarkali has been told beautifully on celluloid. I have attempted to create a contemporary version of it for live audiences. I am humbled by the appreciation from audiences in India and several international cities. I am excited as we present Mughal-e-Azam in Doha for the first time.”

Dr. Tejinder Singh, CEO and managing director of Q-Tickets Qatar, noted: “Mughal-e-Azam, the grand musical, has earned standing ovations from big crowds and numerous accolades on the international stage. Q-Tickets is proud to bring not just one, not even two, but three Mughal-e-Azam shows for the very first time in Qatar. So, not only the Indian community but also the entire Qatar audience will get to enjoy this biggest show that everyone is talking about.”

Deepesh Salgia, creative and strategic vision, Mughal-e-Azam, added: “The phenomenal success of the show recently in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Muscat has confirmed the pan-Asian appeal of the show. With over 170 houseful performances, the show’s popularity is growing with every new venue. Moreover, as Mughal-e-Azam speaks the language of love, like all immortal love stories, we are sure it will be loved by Doha audiences in equal measure.”

The event is brought by Q-Tickets in association with Qatar National Tourism Council.

For more information, contact the Q-Tickets call centre at 44069090 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Pls note: The three categories Diamond, Gold, Silver will have free seating and no reservations. It will be on first come first serve basis.

Image Credit: gulftimes

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Qatar Balloon Festival 2019 | QBF 2019– 33 colourful hot air balloons, in various shapes and different sizes, from all across the globe will dot the skies over Aspire Park on 7th December to set the stage for the country’s first 12-day Qatar Balloon Festival 2019.

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World Goan Day celebrations in Qatar – The Doha based Goan Welfare Association (GWA), completed 20 years of its existence in Qatar recently

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World Goan Day celebrations highlight kids future | Goan Welfare Association (GWA)

World Goan Day celebrations highlight kids future | Goan Welfare Association (GWA)

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

DOHA: The Doha based Goan Welfare Association (GWA), completed 20 years of its existence in Qatar recently with its only first and long-time President Simon D’Silva proving once again his uncanny organising skills and his sincere dedication to preserve Goan culture.

Deputy Chief Minister of Goa, Chandrakant Babu Kavlekar attended the historic event as the chief guest, in place of Dr Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa who unfortunately could not attend due to pressing local commitments. Instead, in a video message displayed on the giant screen put up at the venue, the CM regretted his inability to attend but sent his congratulatory good wishes and his earnest desire to attend a future event.

His Excellency P Kumaran, Indian Ambassador to Qatar and Ricardo Pracana, Portuguese Ambassador to Qatar were honoured special guests at the glittering gala gathering. P Kumaran, stated his willingness to extend assistance at all times while lauding the efforts of GWA President Simon D’Silva in bringing Goans together through the association’s various events. Ricardo Pracana extended his good wishes for Goans while recalling the close bond between Portugal and its former colony.

GWA members presented President Simon D’Silva with a memento and gift for his sincere dedication in ably leading the association for the past 20 years.

An array of distinguished delegates from across the globe including key Goan personalities from the Gulf region attended the event.

The Goan night was also attended by members of different communities and entertained by the band R99, specially flown in from Goa with 19-year-old girl-drummer Rushz Baracho proving to be the highlight of the musical group.

Several talented local and regional Goan artistes performed entertaining songs and dances throughout the fun-filled family evening.

However, the celebrations were centred around the chosen theme ‘Amchim Bhurgim, Amcho Fuddar’ (Our children, our future).

A number of students were felicitated on the occasion for their outstanding achievements in sports, music and academics namely – Elliot Joseph Monteiro, Stacy Lobo, Cassandra Sonia Noronha, Abeygale Seema Fernandes, Lenora Malaika Fernandes, Jenisha Barretto, Nausheen Panali, Joann Fay D’Souza, Jade Assumption D’Souza, Chynara Joycelyn Rodrigues, Tresica Stella Fernandes and Jade Diane Correia Pires.

The World Goa Day celebration is probably the only memorable event that remind Goans of their unique identity and provide them with an opportunity to revive and sustain the state’s roots, art, culture, traditions, language, music and costumes.

The Goan day was instituted to mark the anniversary of August 20, 1992 –  a momentous day in Goa’s history when the Indian Parliament included Konkani in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, duly recognising  it as an official language in India after a long wait.

The Goa Day was ably supported by Royal Regis, 360 Realtors, Digital Print Centre, Integral Food Services, Fabindia, Karma Group India, Badr Al Samaa Medical Centre, Andyman Equipment & Services, LTC International Qatar, Mercure Grand Doha, Iplanet Computers, Al Harib Security Systems, Radio Olive, Gulf Times, Daijiworld, Prudent Media and Unique Sound and Lighting Services.

Community members who supported the event were Milton Pimenta, Allan De Souza, Joe Cotta, Melwyn Barretto, Agnello A.S. Fernandes, Edson Fernandes, Cajetan Rodrigues, Carmo Santos, Lester Morgan Fernandes, Arjun Sanguelkar and Malik Panali.

The memorable evening which was held at the Al-Masa Ballroom of Holiday Inn on 22nd November and organised in collaboration with Orbit Events and Marketing was telecast live on YouTube.

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Qatar and India cultures meet in pictorial encounter | Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture

Qatar and India cultures meet in pictorial encounter | Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture

Qatar and India cultures meet in pictorial encounter | Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture

Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture

* Qatar Museums inaugurates “Where Cultures Meet: A Photographic Encounter Between Qatar and India” exhibition

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

Doha: A photographic encounter between Qatar and India entitled “Where Cultures Meet” was inaugurated yesterday evening by Qatar Museums (QM) at Gallery Number 18 of Katara Cultural Village, as part of its annual Year of Culture programme.

Under the leadership of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of QM, the initiative – “Year of Culture” was developed as an annual international cultural exchange programme designed to deepen understanding between different nations and their people.

Previous years of culture include Qatar-Japan 2012, Qatar-UK 2013, Qatar-Brazil 2014, Qatar-Turkey 2015, Qatar-China 2016, Qatar-Germany 2017 and Qatar-Russia 2018.

As part of Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture – two talented Qatari photographers Hamad Al Shamari and Aisha Al Sadah travelled to the Himalayan Region of Ladakh, India for two weeks to snap brilliant pictures. While two Qatar based Indian lensmen Ajeesh Puthiyadath and Salim Abdulla were selected from a locally held photographic competition to participate in the exhibition.


The aim of the pictorial display of images of Qatar and India under one roof was to create an inspiring portfolio to help foster mutual understanding and cultural relations between the two countries.

According to a QM press release – The exhibition presents common themes like architecture, landscape, portraits and street life both in Ladakh – a remote land tucked in the valleys among barren mountains and where communities known for their tolerant and generous manner live in peace – and in Doha, a bustling metropolis made up of century-old markets and futuristic buildings that line its waterfront.

Aisha Al Attiya, Head of Years of Culture at QM said: “The annual photography exhibition is an important milestone in the Years of Culture programme. It promotes an appreciation for our similarities with partner countries and celebrates the differences between our two cultures and perspectives. We hope that the trip to Ladakh will continue to inspire Hamad Al Shamari and Aisha Al Sadah for many years to come.”

Present at the opening of the exhibition was India’s ambassador to Qatar His Excellency, P. Kumaran along with embassy officials and other distinguished community members.

Speaking at the opening, P. Kumaran thanked Qatar Museums, Katara Village, Years of Culture department and all other stakeholders who helped making the event a success.

The Indian ambassador congratulated the four photographers for their stunning images and stated it was commendable that the two Qatari photographers had braved extreme cold weather conditions in the high altitude of Ladakh and still managed to take brilliant pictures.

QatarIndians spoke to the four photographers –

Hamad Al Shamari, one of the Qatari photographers said he was completely mesmerized by the breath-taking scenery of Ladakh and inspite of hazardous weather conditions was eager to go back to the region for another amazing experience.

Qatari photographer Aisha Al Sadah, the only lady in the foursome said although she did have breathing problems at the high altitudes of Ladakh, it was indeed an awesome experience to witness first hand the colourful culture, traditions and language of the predominately Buddhist region.

Indian lensman Ajeesh Puthiyadath who has been in Qatar for three years said he was fortunate that as an IT professional his straight shift work timings provided him the liberty to go around taking pictures after office hours. Most of his photographs are centered around Souq Wafiq where the light is just right to take spectacular pictures, especially on Friday mornings.

The other artist Salim Abdulla is a professional photographer and a passionate award-winning painter. Although, he concentrates now more on clicking pictures than on painting –  his uncanny eye for world of colour and images stands him in good stead while using his camera.

The exhibition entry is free and opened for the public until the 31st of December 2019.

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Qatar Balloon Festival 2019 | Expectations rise high for historic Qatar Balloon Festival

Qatar Balloon Festival 2019 | Expectations rise high for historic Qatar Balloon Festival

DOHA: 33 colourful hot air balloons, in various shapes and different sizes, from all across the globe will dot the skies over Aspire Park on 7th December to set the stage for the country’s first 12-day Qatar Balloon Festival 2019.

This exciting historic first-ever unique fest being held from 7 to 18 December will probably be etched in the memories of Qatari citizens, residents, and visitors for a long time to come.

Apart from the fascinating sight of hot air balloons filling the skies, a number of food trucks, fairground rides, and many more exciting and entertaining events will line up around the Aspire Park for the fun-filled fest.

And according to the organisers these exciting balloon happenings will make the Qatar Balloon Festival most enjoyable for one and all:

Sunrise Balloon Flights

The surreal scene of a group of Hot Air Balloons taking off and coloring the skies at sunrise is unforgettable. The balloons will start taking off and fly with the wind for a period of 45 to 60 minutes and then land where the retrieve vehicles will collect the balloons, the crew, and any guests onboard. Read more…

Tethered Balloon Fights

At designated parks a group of balloons tied to the ground by ropes will be providing a balloon ride experience to the public. The scene of the colorful balloons will be a fantastic opportunity to take photographs of the memorable experience.

Late Afternoon Balloon Flights

A couple of hours before sunset (weather permitting) the Hot Air Balloons will be lifting off together to colour the skies. This would be a perfect opportunity to those that can’t get up with the crack of dawn to see the mass balloons flying in the air.

Nightglow

As the darkness sets, the Hot Air Balloons are inflated and start to light up in tune with the music. This spectacular scene must be experienced on sight as no video or description will do it justice! Read more…

The Qatar Balloon Festival 2019 has been scheduled to coincide with other major events in the country as part of the 18th December Qatar National Day celebrations.

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Traffic officials in regular cars are conducting patrols on all streets to monitor traffic and penalise drivers who do not respect traffic rules

Doha Gold Metro Line, which runs from East to West across Doha, includes the following 11 stations

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Secret traffic patrols to nap erring motorists | Traffic officials in regular cars

Secret traffic patrols to nap erring motorists | Traffic officials in regular cars

Doha: The General Directorate of Traffic in an effort to catch erring motorists as a way to reduce road accidents are conducting secret traffic patrols on the roads.

The secret drive focuses on traffic violators in order to catch those drivers not wearing seat belts, speeding and overtaking from the wrong side.

Traffic officials in regular cars are conducting patrols on all streets to monitor traffic and penalise drivers who do not respect traffic rules.

According to Traffic Department statistics in 2018, the total number of traffic violations recorded in the country was more than 1.78 million, Over 60% of these were related to over speeding.

Speeding-related fatalities have been a crucial concern and the Ministry of Interior has taken several initiatives to promote road safety by forcing motorists to abide by the speed limits, including raising awareness, setting up more mobile radars and increasing fine for various penalities.

Drivers tend to cross the speed limit when there is not much traffic and this leads to a very serious problems for road safety.

The radar inside the car can catch the violations of the over-speed of the cars during regular patrolling. This modern technology is invisible in its operations therefore can catch more violations and will create a sense of carefulness among motorists.

Image Credit: dohalife.com

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Made in India short films captivates audience – Ajyal’s Film Festival 2019

Made in India short films captivates audience – Ajyal’s Film Festival 2019

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

DOHA: As an actor who has appeared in several short films, the on-going Ajyal Film Festival – an excellent platform of exciting mini-movies – has been for me both a treat a watch and a delight to write about.

And yesterday evening’s Made in India segment comprising of a selection of shorts by up-coming Indian directors was no different.

The 8 entertaining Indian short films screened in the Made in India event captivated the near-capacity crowd of the K-16 Opera House in Katara Village.

Ajyal Film Festival has teamed up with Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) to celebrate the Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture by partnering in an exclusive exchange programme resulting in the two countries screening their locally produced films in each other’s city.
Earlier this year, a selection of Made in Qatar films was shown at the Mumbai Film Fest.

Speaking at the opening of the Made in India collection of short films, Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Chief Executive Officer, Doha Film Institute (DFI) said that it was a pleasure to showcase the Indian films as part of the ongoing Qatar-India Year of Culture. It has always been DFI’s policy to exchange cultural ideas with other countries through the universal language of movies.

Programme director Kalpana Nair commented that the  collection of Indian shorts by up-and-coming directors proved that short films have become immensely popular in India during the past few years and audiences are sure to see much more of these directors across all platforms in the near future. She also thanked Ajyal Film Fest for the hospitality and opportunity to screen the Indian short films here.

Nair emphasized the fact that the Made in Qatar collection of short films was very well received at the Mumbai Film Festival held earlier this year.

Starting with the Hindi/Nepali 11 minutes short Grandfather by the director duo of Umashankar Nair and Gaiti Siddiqui, the film shot in Nepal, portrayed the inseparable bond between a grandfather and his granddaughter and the immense tragedy the little girl faces when she loses her dear grandfather in the tragic earthquake that shattered thousands of lives in Nepal recently.

Personally, the Hindi 5 minute Vacancy directed by Anurag Worlikar with a single on-screen actor Aasif Khan as a young candidate going for a very unusual kind of interview was the pick of the lot. The movie is a comedic take on Mumbai’s overcrowded train problem. This tongue-in-cheek extrapolation on what outlandish steps may have to be taken in the future to solve this real-world issue stands as the basis for this movie which not surprisingly has won several awards.

The 5-minute director/screenwriter Gautam Vaze’s Marathi film Mother Promise was my next favourite which exhibited the amazing talent of child actor Abhishek Bachhankar who experiences an early-life crisis as he is racked with concern for his beloved aunt’s safety. Not letting her out of his sight for the entire visit, the naïve youngster’s selfless compassion is truly endearing in this sweet little tale of superstition and childhood innocence. Set against the popular street game of cricket this short film had me completely bowled over.

The audience were then taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions through the comedy of director/screenwriter Avishkar Bharadwaj’s Apna Apna Andaz based on true events depicting a young man who has escaped from a hospital to see a much-anticipated film. Unfortunately, he is utterly crestfallen to discover that his friend has lost their tickets as his wallet was stolen. The ensuing caper of how the pair seek the help of local police to track the thieves using seat numbers, ending in a hilarious chase, perfectly captures Indian movie buffs’ obsession with cinema and the lengths they will go to – just see their favourite film

The other four short films Batti, Hey Ram, Steam and the finale The Thought of You with popular Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin portraying a young jealous wife who is seemingly instrumental in causing her husband’s death offered a deep insight into modern India and were a testament to the country’s vibrant filmmaking heritage.

For Indian movie lovers, there is a screening of a 90-minute film Bombay Rose at the NOVO theatre on Saturday, 23rd November @ 8.30 pm.

For tickets priced at Qrs 35/ each and other up-to-date information on the festival, one can visit https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/ticketinformation

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