Stuttgart being the twin city of Mumbai for over forty years, the city celebrated Indian cinema that has an inseparable link with Mumbai, regarded as the capital of Indian cinema the world over.
In five days between July 16 and 20, 2008, the festival screened 60 films, both commercial films as well as 30 shorts and documentaries. According to reports, over 30,000 people attended the festival.
The organisers of ‘Bolywood & Beyond’ connected with Magic Lantern Foundation to curate the non-feature section of the film festival. MLF helped in the sourcing of films and connecting the festival to filmmakers. The festival also invited ‘Under Construction’ (UC) to display its at the festival venue in Stuttgart, Germany. Gargi Sen and Priyanka Mukherjee from MLF attended the festival.
While most of the audience expectedly came to watch the typical Bollywood films with its song, dance and emotional extravaganza, they were surprised to find a very different taste of Indian cinema in the shorts and documentaries. The best Feature Film award went to Richie Mehta’s ‘Amal’. Vani Subramanian’s ‘It’s a Boy!’ won the best documentary award. Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Blood Brothers’ was given the Best Short Award, while the Audience Award went to Shyamaprasad’s ‘Ore Kadal’.
Along with celebrating Indian cinema, Stuttgart also celebrated some of its allied aspects: song, dance and Indian food.