8th - 14th September 2023

‘Cinema is India’s biggest soft power’, says Rahul Mittra in Norway : DD News

Acclaimed filmmaker-actor Rahul Mittra, veteran action director Sham Kaushal & popular writer-actor-director Saurabh Shukla were honoured at the 20th edition of Bollywood Festival Norway in a glittering ceremony at a packed Lorenskog kulturhus centre, few miles away from the capital city of Oslo. 


Spectacular Indian dance performances by Indian, Polish & Norwegian dance troupes and a stunning act by The International stunt academy of Norway. The Opening ceremony was all glitter with guests from India, Norway, Iran & Bangladesh.

Indian Filmmaker Rahul Mittra, Indian Actor Saurabh Shukla, Indian Action Director Sham Kaushal, Irani Actor Director Mohammad Reza, Irani Actress Helia Emami, Mayor of Lørenskog Ragnhild Bergheim, Indian Playback Singer Prem Bhatia & James Posh with others graced the red carpet. 

Mayor of Lørenskog Ragnhild Bergheim presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sham Kaushal while Saurabh Shukla & Rahul Mittra were awarded for their contribution to the Indian film industry. An emotional Sham Kaushal thanked everyone with whom he  worked in the film industry in a career spanning four decades and urged everyone to never stop dreaming. Saurabh Shukla shared his passion to become rich when he came to Mumbai years ago and finally succeeded in getting paid for what he likes doing. 

Building cultural bridge between Norway and Asia

Bollywood Festival is Norway's biggest Bollywood festival since 2003. The Festival is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the leadership of entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. By bringing the best of Indian cinema to Norway, Bollywood Festival Norway presents the city and the film industry with a singular platform that fosters creative and technical talent.

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