The festival was an integral part of the Namaste Vietnam Festival 2023, with its opening ceremony held at the prestigious Hoa Binh Theater in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.

The film event was jointly organized by the Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City and the Vietnam Cinema Association.

The closing night of the festival concluded with great excitement as spectators were captivated by “Kaya Palat,” a thought-provoking film directed by the talented Shoib Nikash Shahm. The stellar cast of Tariq Khan, Rohil Bhatia, and Helly Shah delivered exceptional performances that left a lasting impression.

According to the chairman of the Vietnam Cinema Association, Do Lenh Hung Tu, a variety of traditional Indian dishes were showcased during the three-day festival, along with the screening of seven Bollywood films. This event aimed to promote and familiarize Vietnamese people with Indian culture.

The film festival was strategically organized to solidify the cinema partnership between the two nations, as emphasized by the organizer.

“Throughout the festival, numerous Indian filmmakers have reached out to us expressing their interest in discussing their upcoming shooting plans in Ho Chi Minh City and other nearby areas,” Tu further noted.

Kaya Palat was a powerful film that served as a fitting conclusion to the festival. It beautifully communicated the thought-provoking concept of the law of causality. After experiencing this movie, the reviewer was deeply moved and wanted to share their sentiments.

The cast and crew of Indian film Kaya Palat at the closing ceremony of the Indian Film Festival 2023. Photo: Supplied

The cast and crew of Indian film ‘Kaya Palat’ at the closing ceremony of the Indian Film Festival 2023. Photo: Supplied

According to Vietnamese director Xuan Phuong, the film instills a deep fear of hatred within its viewers. Furthermore, Phuong imparts the valuable lesson of cultivating compassion and emphasizes the importance of forgiving and forgetting.

Actress and director, Mai Thu Huyen, expressed her deep admiration for Indian films, stating that India is one of her favorite countries.

“The film captivated me throughout its runtime with its ingenious plot twists,” she remarked. She also expressed admiration for the film’s writer and director, applauding their ability to construct a profound and thought-provoking message.”

The Namaste Vietnam Festival was inaugurated in 2022 with the aim of fostering connections between Vietnamese and Indian individuals through a multitude of trade and tourism promotions alongside cultural exchange initiatives.

This year’s edition featured notable events such as the Indian Film Festival and informative seminars on Vietnam-India collaboration in tourism, railways, and cinema.

The Namaste Vietnam Festival 2023 is set to be held in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat, and Tuy Hoa City, located in the south-central province of Phu Yen. The festival will take place from August 12 to 17.