The national award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar has been invited by The Cairo International Film Festival to join their International Jury. They will be launching their 35th edition of the film festival starting 27th November to 6th December, 2012. “I am delighted to be a part of the International Jury for the 35th edition of Cairo International Film Festival. I love the theme that they have ‘Positive thinking revolution and freedom’. This is an honour, which I humbly accept,” says Bhandarkar.
This is not the first time Bhandarkar is going to be a part of the film festival. In 2010, a retrospect of Bhandarkar’s five films had taken place. They had screen Chandni Bar, Page 3, Corporate, Traffic Signal and Fashion at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival. Other esteemed Jury members for the International Film Competition are actor/producer Khaled Abol Naga (Egypt), director Babak Payami (Canada), actress Menna Chalabi (Egypt), actor Fabio Testi (Italy), actress Magdalena Boczarska (Poland), producer Malek El Akkad (USA) and Director of New York Film Festival Richard Pena (USA). The President of the Jury for the International Film Competition is Marco Múller, who is the past has been the director of international film festivals like Rome, Rotterdam, Venice and Locarno.
Bhandarkar has been a known name in the international festival and will be judging the international line-up of films from different parts of the world alongside other jury members.