India: 20th July 2023: The much-awaited Jagran Film Festival (JFF) is all set to return with its eleventh edition, bringing together a captivating blend of Indian and international cinema retrospectives. Presented by Rajnigandha in association with the Government of Uttar Pradesh, this year’s festival promises to be a grand celebration of the world of cinema.

The festival will feature two leading luminaries namely esteemed global actor Anupam Kher representing the Indian cinematic retrospective; and Oscar nominated film director and producer Majid Majidi representing International cinematic retrospective. With a career spanning over several decades, Mr. Kher has established himself as one of the most versatile and acclaimed performers in the Indian film industry. This retrospective aims to honor his remarkable journey by celebrating his outstanding performances that have left an indelible mark on Indian and International cinema. During the festival’s grand opening, Mr. Kher will captivate the audience with a heartfelt conversation about the present state of the film industry. This insightful discussion will follow the screening of his much-anticipated and yet-to-be-released masterpiece, “The Signature.” Notably, the film will have its world premiere at JFF under Indian opening film, where Mr. Kher plays the central role as the main protagonist.

Sharing his excitement about attending the Jagran Film Festival, Kher said, “It brings me immense pleasure to be a part of the Jagran Film Festival, where I can not only share the captivating Indian retrospective of cinema but also represent my film The Signature as an opening film on such an incredible platform. Through such platforms, the industry aims not only to emphasize the significance of Indian cinema but also to discuss the imperative need for better storytelling for aspiring filmmakers.”

In this edition of the JFF, audiences will be treated to a truly extraordinary experience of storytelling, as it features a distinctive narrative style that is sure to provoke thought and captivate the imagination. Mr. Majidi, a highly esteemed and globally renowned figure in the realm of global cinema, has firmly established himself as a creative force to be reckoned with. As a means of paying tribute to his remarkable contributions to the world of filmmaking, the festival is proud to present a retrospective of his work, allowing viewers to delve deeply into the realm of his extraordinary artistry and filmography.

Speaking on the current scenario of the global film industry, Majidi said, “I am delighted and honored to have been invited to the prestigious Jagran Film Festival. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to share the international retrospective of cinema and delve into the current scenario of the global film industry. As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of cinema, it is essential to explore the emerging realm of OTT platforms and the global recognition bestowed upon films.”

Mr. Basant Rathore, Senior VP – Strategy and Brand Development, Jagran Prakashan Ltd., said, “This year’s Jagran Film Festival promises to be a mesmerizing ode to cinema! We are thrilled to celebrate the phenomenal work of Anupam Kher in Indian retrospective and Majid Majidi in international retrospective, two cinematic luminaries whose artistry transcends borders and inspires audiences around the world. Join us for an unforgettable cinematic journey at the Jagran Film Festival!”!

The world’s largest traveling film festival begins from 3rd August 2023, starting from Delhi to Mumbai, and many places in between including Kanpur, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Dehradun, Hisar, Gurgaon, Ludhiana, Patna, Darbhanga, Ranchi, Raipur, Indore, and Siliguri. All the entries must be submitted latest by 1st September 2023 on the official website