Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has been invited to join the international jury at the Cairo International Film Festival that starts Tuesday.
"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," Bhandarkar said in a statement.
The filmmaker will judge the international competition category of the film festival along with 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 (US) and Richard Pena, director of New York Film Festival.
This is not the first time that Bhandarkar will a part of the festival. In 2010, the festival organised a retrospect of his films and screened "Chandni Bar", "Page 3", "Corporate", "Traffic Signal" and "Fashion".
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