A Grand Salute to the Culture and Film Industry.
The Grand official opening of the 13th Annual Festival was by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg on 4th September 2015.
Accompanied by his Excellency the Ambassador of India of Norway, Air Chief Marshal (retd) N. A. K. Browne with Bollywood personalities Gulshan Grover, Gracy Singh, Film Producer Amit Khanna, Rahul Mittra, ARY TV Network CEO Salman Iqbal. These honourable chief guest were very well received by Mayor of Lorenskog, Age Tovan and Mayor of Skedsmo Ole Jacob Flaten on the red carpet.
Various luminaries from the World of cinema, Media, Art, TV & Event industry witnessed the event. For the First time in history of the BFN guest from Iran film fraternity Ghorban Mohammad Pour (Director), Mohammad Reza Sharifini (Actor) and Fatemeh Goodarzi (Actress) graced the red carpet.
The mega annual event was done for the 13th successful time and was executed par excellence by the Festival team headed by the Festival Directors - Nasrullah Qureshi & Pritpal Qureshi. The occasion was the celebration for immense and unrivalled contribution of Indian Films towards the film & entertainment industry of not only Norway but the whole of Scandinavia.
Undoubtedly the biggest Bollywood festival of Scandinavia, the occasion witnessed the participation of who’s who from Bollywood amalgamated with the crème de la crème of Norway in addition to the local Bollywood fans who attended the festival in large numbers with their families.
Bollywood Festival Norway honoured guest with awards. Presented award to Amit Khanna for his contribution in TV & films by HE Brown, Gracy Singh was awarded for her contribution to TV ,Indian Cinema and dance by Salman Iqbal and great actor Gulshan Grover for his contribution to Global cinema as actor and producer by the Norway prime minster Erna Solberg.
The event that was conducted at the state of the art Lørenskog Hus - Cinema and SF kino in Lillestrøm in Norway where 27different yet popular films from India, Pakistan and Iran were screened for the Bollywood fans of Norway.
A Master class with film legend Amit Khanna .New Health day as Yoga day a part of the festival, was great success and new experience this year.
The festival took off with Prime minster opening the festival with a nice speech about festival and culture importance and its need in Norway and all over the world followed by live dance shows from talent from Poland’s Natarang group, ,Aasma dance troupe India, Kalyanys dancer and North Bhangra Avenger and Intros Allstars. The Event left the audiences mesmerizing with the spellbinding performances. This year BFN had 2 venues for screening films the main theatre Lørenskog hus kino and SF kino Lillestrøm where all these popular films were screened. Festival had a colorful Sunday with local dance performing fowling by film at Rommen scene at Oslo.
Many people attended the event. Eminent artists and performers were called to escalate the enthusiasm of the people and boost their passion and moral.
The highlight of this mega festival was the most spectacular concert at Lillestrøm kultursenter- The Bollywood Musical night with -Jassbir Jassi , Trygve Seim, Jai Shankar , Taz - Stereo Nation, Sniti Mishra , festival dancers who absolutely mesmerized one and all with their magical performances that resulted in a standing ovation by a very responsive audience.
Bollywood fans feel, It is indeed a matter of great pride and happiness to be a part of the biggest Bollywood festival of Scandinavia. With festival team and dancer team for this year festival director Nasrullah & Pritpal Qureshi present Bollywood festival award to Prime minister Erna Solberg.
We are proud to have unique closing ceremony this year, we had invited 60 refugee young children to be part of the festival and watch Bollywood film and serving dinner as part of closing ceremony this year.
Concluding the Festival, Director Nasrullah Qureshi said, “I appreciate the outstanding efforts of the whole festival team as well as all our guests and audiences for encouraging us by attending this festival. I also thank all the talented artists who performed magnificently on stage & gelled up to make this festival possible. ”
We look forward to take this event to much greater heights in the coming years , with help from our sponsor and Indian film industry and with You all and We like to thanks all our sponsors and friends and festival team .
We Hope to have more good films from global cinema for you in September 2016.