A Taste of Bollywood in Phnom Penh

Bollywood is set to explode across Phnom Penh with the opening of Cambodia’s debut Indian Film Week. The feast of 11 Indian films will launch on Friday, Aug. 15, with the movies set to be screened at Chaktomuk Theatre on Sisowath Quay.

Dinesh Pantnaik, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Kingdom of Cambodia, says, “Indian cinema is turning a century this year, it is a good occasion to celebrating in Phnom Penh.”

Pantnaik adds that the strong cinematographic bond between the two countries has existed for decades having been encouraged by the late King Sihanouk in the 1960s.

India is the largest producer of feature films in the world with more than 1,250 created annually. The aim of the film festival is to showcase a variety of films that “reflects the dreams and aspirations of millions in India,” Pantnaik says.

Cedric Eloy, CEO of the Cambodia Film Commission, adds, “The films will be screened in the format of 35mms which is nowadays rare and gets us back to the beginning of the cinema.”

Over the course of the event, which runs until Aug. 20, entry to the films is free to encourage audiences to delve into the colourful world of Bollywood.

For more information on the event and the line-up of films, which include live Indian dance performance, visit www.bophana.org