Lucknow, Sunday, April 15, 2012: On the sixth day of the 4th International Children’s Film Festival (ICFF) being organized by City Montessori School (CMS) Films & Radio Division, well known Bollywood actor Mr Raza Murad explained the goal of making good films and the importance of Indian culture. He was addressing young students in the WUCC auditorium at CMS Kanpur Road Campus.
Expressing that he was very happy to come to this International Children’s Festival, Mr Raza said year 2012 was very important as Hindi cinema was completing 100 years this year. He added that the film industry needed talent and that all filmmakers come from society. He explained that films should not merely be an entertainment medium, but as part of social responsibility, films should educate audience too. He also highlighted that India may be behind other countries in terms of wealth and power, but where Indian ‘tehzeeb’ (manners), traditions and culture of India were concerned then no country in the world was as rich as India. He told children that parents were like strong roots for them and that respect for elders was a unique part of Indian culture, not found in any other country.
Praising the CMS founder-manager, Mr Raza said: “Dr Gandhi and his schools are doing good service for students, their parents, society and even the Indian film industry, by showing such value-oriented children’s films.” He also gave the inspiring example of Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and how he struggled during his initial childhood days with only one pair of white shirt and white short to play cricket daily. He said that poverty does not make a person poor, but a person remains poor only as a result of his weak intentions.
Welcoming the celebrity guest Mr Raza Murad, CMS Founder-Manager Dr Jagdish Gandhi said it was an honour that such a talented and famous personality was here for the 4th International Children’s Film Festival. He also congratulated CMS ICFF 2012 Festival Director Mr Varghese Kurian and his staff of CMS Films and Radio Division for their efforts.
Earlier, the day began with the school prayer by City Montessori School (CMS) students. Special guests Mr PS Pokhariya, incharge, Shri Ram Swaroop Memorial Public School and Dr Shanti Kumar, Ex-Principal, Municipal Girls Inter College were then honoured with mementos and festival bags. The guests also took part in the traditional lighting of the lamp ceremony.
Students from twenty-one Lucknow schools saw animations, documentaries and feature films on the day in morning and noon shows in WUCC auditorium. The schools were:
* Colvin Taluqdars’ College (University Road)
* Model Montessori School (Model House)
* UP Sainik School (Sarojini Nagar)
* Om Sai Baba Vidyalaya (Lakshman Ganj)
* Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (Kanpur Road)
* Seema Sewa Sansthan (Munshi Pulia)
* Shri Ram Swaroop Memorial Public School (Faizabad Road)
* Allahabad Public School & College (Chinhat)
* KPS Convent High School (Rajajipuram)
* SKD Academy (ISC Board Branch-Rajajipuram)
* SKD Academy (Junior High School Branch-Rajajipuram)
* Karyalaya-Adhikshak Rajkiya Bal Grah (Balika-Motinagar)
* Karyalaya-Adhikshak Rajkiya Bal Grah (Shishu-Prag Narayan Road)
* Shri Madyanand Bal Sadan (Motinagar)
* Swarnim Public School (Rajajipuram)
* Jai Ambe Vidyalaya (Rajajipuram)
* Gyandeep Montessori School (Rajajipuram)
* Igyan Foundation (18 branches)
* Chetna (Aliganj)
* Samta Samaj Shiksha Sewa Sansthan (Sitapur Road)
* Sarvodaya Montessori School (Rajajipuram)