Noted lyricist-writer-filmmaker Gulzar Friday lit the lamp to open the second edition of the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) in Leh on Friday in the presence of other film icons, ministry dignitaries and officials. However, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was not present in the event.
Jammu and Kashmir urban development minister Nawang Rigzin Jora, Leh Chief Executive Councillor Rigzin Spalbar, and Abdali, Afghanistan’s ambassador to India, were present along with LIFF jury chair Aparna Sen, patrons Vishal Bhardwaj, Rekha Bhardwaj, filmmaker Rakesysh Omprakash Mehra, and National Award winning Marathi actress Usha Jadhav among others here.
“Our chief minister was supposed to be here in the morning, but he couldn’t come because the collateral damage from the concert (Zubin Mehta’s recent concert) still preoccupies him. There is curfew in a few districts,” Jora said in his address.
The opening ceremony was held at the Sindhu Sanskriti Auditorium in Leh.
LIFF was launched in 2012. The three-day festival is likely to screen around 120 short films, feature films and documentaries. A major highlight is the green carpet premiere of international documentary filmmaker Teri McLuhan’s “Frontier Gandhi”.