- NDFS Desk
New Delhi, 4 January: The first Pravasi Film Festival commenced in the capital with several filmmakers expressing how their cultural roots bind them to the country of their origin. Inaugurating the festival, renowned filmmaker Deepa Mehta said ‘we are like children who have left their mother and gone away. And we keep coming back because the mother is so good and pulls us back.’ The VIPs also lit the traditional lamp to declare the Festival open. Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahay said cinema was an excellent medium for integrating NRIs with their motherland. The competitive Festival has been organized by the Pravasi Today Group in association with the Mauritius government at India Habitat Center from 3rd to 6th January. Around 35 films from different countries are being screened at the Festival and a large number of the filmmakers have come to India to attend the event. A large number of personalities were present at the inauguration.