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Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



RIFF 7, 2021, 6: Third and Final list of films announced; France to be country of focus

RIFF 7, 2021, 6: Third and Final list of films announced; France to be country of focus

The third and the final list of films of the 7th Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) was released yesterday, which includes the Kannada film "Avalakki Pavalakki", Directed by Durga Prasad and Produced by Ranjitha Subramanya,

"Kagaaz", Directed by Satish Kaushik and Produced by Salma Khan, Nishant Kaushik and Vikas Malu (presented by Salman Khan), a

Documentary film, "Mission Safeer--37 Days to Freedom", Directed by Viraf Kekobad, Marathi film "Faas", Directed by Avinash Kolte and Produced by Maheshwari Patil Chakurkar, "Satya Sai Baba", Directed by Vicky Ranawat and Produced by Balkishan Srivastav, Short Rajasthani film "Bachpan", Directed by Sunil Purohit, Music album "Shaayar Nahi Haan Mein, Tera Deewana Hoon", Music by Dr. Ajay Saxena and Directed by Anand Gangwar , short film "Ghoonghat", Directed by Rupal Verma and Manas Srivastava and Produced by Jugal Kishore Verma,  Short film "The Last Confessions", Directed by Yaman Bhatia and Produced by Nischal Sharma .

Short film "Neele Tamatar", Directed and Produced by Dr. Usha Dashora, Short film "Pheeki Shakkar", Directed and Produced by Abhishek Sharma, sung by singer Gaurav Jain , Music album "Ek Khwaab", Directed by Ankit Bhatt, Kannada film "Madi", Directed by Sudheer Attavar and Produced by Manish Vidyadhar Shetty, Feature Japanese film "Beautiful Lure - A Modern Tale of Painted Skin", Directed by

Hiroshi Akabane, Singer Rehmat Ali's and Javed Hussain's  Music album, "Gwala", Directed by Navtej Bhattacharya and Produced by Rajeev Jain & Kulwinder Singh, a Short film "Suhana - A Reflection of Society", Directed by Raj Mirza and Produced by Shraddha Tiwari,  short film "Falafel", Directed and Produced by Nikita Hattangadi, Short student film, "Dark Diary - The Story of an Uncommon Girl", Directed and Produced by Ridhika Dayal Das, "Kokh - Ek Khamoshi", Directed and Produced by Kaushal Joshi, short film "Bas ab aur

Nahi?, Directed by Manohar Singh and Mohammad Salim, Rajasthani music album "Tara Ri Chundadi", sung by Madhu Bhat and Directed by JP Chaudhary, Malayalam film "Pullu - The Bird of Omen", Directed by Riyaz Raaz and Praveen Kelikkoden and Produced by First Clap, French Short film "Sole Mio", Directed and Produced by Maxime Roy, French animation film, "The Night of the Plastic Bag", Directed and Produced by Gabriel Harel , Short film "Doorben", Directed by Anuj Rarwa, Haryanvi film "Dada Lakhmi - A Musical Journey of Pandit Lakhmi Chand", Directed by Yashpal Sharma, and music video "Tu chhod na Ummidon ka Daaman", Directed by Sunil Prasad Shar.

The Founder, Director and CEO of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), Mr. Somendra Harsh said that, this year, France will be the Focus Country. Officials of the French Institute in India, Jaipur, will be present at the Opening Ceremony. Well-known French Film Director Pierre Filmon will be present on all five days of the festival, and will be part of the talk shows. His French film, "Entre Deux Trains" (Long Time No See), will be also be screened at the Rajasthan International Film Festival 2021.

Apart from that, French Short Film, "Sole Mio" by Maxime Roy, and French Animation Film

"The Night of the Plastic Bag", by Gabriel Harel, with Damien Bonnard and Anne Steffens, will also be screened.

The 7th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), accredited by the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) (North Region), will be organised by the RIFF Film Club, in a hybrid format, from 20 to 24th March 2021, at Entertainment Paradise (EP) - Miraj Cinemas, Jaipur and Miraj Bioscope Cinemas, Shastri Nagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India. This year, the theme for the RIFF 2021 is "Music in Cinema". RIFF 2021 will also celebrate the Pre Foundation Day of Rajasthan.


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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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