The first Indian films festival, with a blend of Maltese productions, is being held at St James Cavalier in Valletta till tomorrow Sunday. A total of 26 films, 20 of them Indians, are participating in the festival for the best film. One of the festival’s jury is international renowned director and scriptwriter, Vijay Krishna Acharya
Acharya, who is mostly popular for his direction of Indian films, has spent many months in Malta during the past two years shooting scenes for his production of Thugs of Hindostan. Most of the film shooting took place at Rinella.
The Indian directer said that in Malta he found the experience and the needed understanding to build the galleys for the film. “What we needed a water tank and place to build the ships. The film is in a time when India was rules by company in the 18th and 19th century. The film is a fictional landscape but the historical period is quite correct.”
Vijay Krishna Acharya stated that the film is about an adventure which occurred during the British occupation of India.
Asked about his experience in Malta, he said he feels that he can live here. “I could live in Malta. I feel very much at home, between Christmas 2016 and May 2017 I have been four times”.
On his selection as a member of the festivals jury, he said, “I am very excited to be part of the jury of the Malta India Film Festival. It something that can bring both these nations closer together and start a cultural exchange which is international.”
Krishna Acharya added that the festival has a high standard both in Indian and Maltese productions, however he will look at a story which is well recounted and which creates emotions in movie enthusiasts. “A story well told and that evokes emotions in you that is the universal aspect that we look at.”
26 films will be shown during the festival – 20 are Indian productions and six Maltese. The Malta Indian Films festival is being held under the direction of Engelbert Grech at St James Cavalier between today Saturday and Sunday.