First Nepali Film Festival at Marwah Studios

Apr 06, 2016, 08:00 ET from Asian Society of Film & Television

NOIDA, India, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

History was written today, when the first-ever 'Festival of Films from Nepal' was inaugurated at Marwah Studios, presented by Indo-Nepal Film and Cultural Forum, organized by AAFT - Asian Academy of Film and Television and powered by the International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Industry.

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"What a grand and historical beginning of the activities of Indo-Nepal Film And Cultural Forum, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Nepal Shri K.P. Sharma Oli during his first official visit to India last month and Sandeep Marwah, President, AAFT, was nominated as the Chairperson by the Prime Minister himself," quoted H.E. Deep Kumar Upadhyay, Ambassador of Nepal to India, at the inauguration of the festival.

"India and Nepal relations are as old as Indian history, but such gestures will bring more love for each other, as cinema is a bundle of emotions. I congratulate INFCF for its efforts," added the ambassador.

The renowned actors from Nepal, Sunil Thapa and Karishma Manandhar, added a lot of glamour to the whole show. "What a pleasure to be part of the first-ever festival of Nepali Films in India, I am touched by the action," said Sunil Thapa, also known for his involvement with Hindi cinema. "Sandeep Marwah is now the godfather of Nepali Cinema in India. I am sure his initiative will catch on and the Nepal Film industry will see a new light in his guidance," expressed Thapa, a Nepali actor who has acted in over 250 films.

"I am elevated with my participation in this festival. I will remember the love and respect extended to me for all time to come. I suggest that there should be a branch of AAFT in Kathmandu," said Karishma Manandhar, who has recently been nominated as the 'Most Popular Actress of Nepal'.

An exhibition of paintings by two renowned artists, Raj Kumar Sharma and Bhishwaranjan Bhunia, was also inaugurated at this occasion jointly by H.E. Deep Kumar Upadhyay, Karishma Manandhar and Sunil Thapa.

Later, Marwah honored the guest with life membership of the International Film and Television Club of AAFT. The festival was attended by large number of film, television and media professionals, and students from all over India and abroad. Large number of Nepalese from different strata of life also participated.

About AAFT

Located in the picturesque film city of Noida, Asian Academy of Film & Television (AAFT) enjoys its proximity to several renowned production houses and satellite TV news channels, and provides an environment which is conducive in training the media professionals. Asian Academy of Film & Television is headed by an internationally acclaimed personality Prof. Sandeep Marwah.

AAFT has been imparting education and training in various areas of cinema and mass media since last 25 years. AAFT has however, remained steadfast in its objective of providing cost effective education and training to the aspirants of a career in media industry. For more info visit,

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