In an increasing testimony that Tamil films have started getting global attention and recognition, superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘Enthiran: The Robot’ is among the 11 Tamil films that have been chosen by the jury to take part in the Russian Film Festival, held exclusively for Tamil films, in August.
Recently, Canada and Norway showed paved the way for this by hosting ‘exclusive Tamil film festivals’. Russia, known as the ‘Iron Curtain’ in political circles, appears to be following suit. The film festival would be a 3-day affair and would be held from 15th to 17th August at the historic city of Uglich, which is situated on the banks of the Volga River.
Besides ‘Enthiran: The Robot’, the other films which would be screened at the film festival include Suriya’s ‘Singam’, Aarya’s ‘Madarasapattinam’ and ‘Baas Engira Baskaran’, Karthi’s ‘Paiyaah’, Vasanthabalan’s ‘Angaaditheru’, Sargunam’s ‘Kalavaani’, Prabhu Solomon’s ‘Mynaa’, Mysskin’s ‘Nandalala’, Gautham Menon’s ‘Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya’ and Seenu Ramasamy’s ‘Tenmerku Paruvakaatru’.
These films would have sub-titles in Russian languages and would be screened at some selected Russian cinema halls. Many artistes and technicians from Kollywood are expected to take part at the Festival, it was announced at the press-meet held at the Russian Cultural Centre in the city. Officials from the Russian Embassy and Kollywood representatives including director Mysskin, actor-producer and MLA Arun Pandian attended the event.
“Russia offers immense number of studios and other facilities for probable Tamil film-makers. While no fee needs to be paid for hiring studios and other places, the accommodation is provided for Tamil film crews in Russia at a discount of 40%,” said Arun Pandian and added that the Tamil film producers should make use of these facilities.
Russian Cultural Centre would also lend helping hand to the producers and directors to dub their films into Russian, he further informed.