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The Raja of Kotwara and his wife, celebrated film makers, come to Ireland
The Raja of Kotwara, Muzaffar Ali and his wife, Meera Ali, are coming to Dublin on the 25th of September 2015 for a few days to attend the 6th Indian Film Festival of Ireland.
Muzaffar Ali is a celebrated Indian veteran film maker, fashion designer, poet and artist, of the royal family of Kotwara.
Meera Ali is a television presenter, film producer, writer, and architect by profession.
Muzaffar received the Padma Shri (the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India) in 2005 for his distinguished contribution to the Arts. In 2014 he received the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award, for outstanding contribution towards promotion of communal harmony, national integration and peace.
Meera Ali has twice been the recipient of the Nigar Award – the official awards of Pakistani Film Industry. She is also an accomplished fashion designer.
Muzaffar Ali was born in Lucknow. He is the present Raja of Kotwara which is the oldest living civilization of Lakhimpur Kheri, the largest district in Awadh. The Kotwara principality is 160 km from Lucknow, bordering Nepal from Dudhwa National Park and set amidst an undulating landscape of ancient mounds overlooking an oxbow lake and a 500 acre forest that leads to the Anhalwara Palace.
Their latest feature length film is a period drama entitled “Jaanisaar” and has just been released worldwide and will be the opening film at the festival. Thirty years in the making, this film is a joint effort and a labour of love for the couple. Both co-wrote the film. It was directed by Muzaffar directed and produced by Meera. They will give a presentation before the screening.
Now in its 6th year, the Indian Festival of Ireland showcases the very best in Indian cinema from old classics to the latest films. It opens on Friday 25th September with a glitzy red carpet event at Movies @ Dundrum, followed by the Irish premier of Jaanisaar. Screenings continue throughout the weekend at Dundrum. Additional screenings take place at Pearse St and dlr Lexicon libraries and at The Chester Beatty Library.
In conjunction with IADT film school, an industry masterclass, takes place with Muzaffar Ali in dlr Lexicon library at 1pm on Friday 25th September 2015.
The festival closes on Sunday 27th September 2015 with an exciting new Irish-produced short