Sikkil Shanmugasundaram and Mohanambal are all set to enthral film buffs in Russia. The film, ‘Thillana Mohanambal' will be screened in honour of the veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan at the International Tamil Film Festival, which is the first of its kind to be held in Uglich, Russia, in November.

The four-day festival, organised by Indo-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Chennai and Government of Russia, will feature six Tamil films - ‘Ko', ‘Sivaji', Chandramukhi', ‘Thenmerku paruvakatru', ‘Boss engira Baskaran' and ‘Angadi Theru' will be screened at the festival.

P. Thangappan, Secretary General, Indo-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said ‘Thillana Mohanambal', which is to be screened on the inaugural day of the festival, was chosen as it depicts south Indian fine arts and culture. This is also in honour of the veteran actor whose 83{+r}{+d} birth anniversary falls was celebrated recently, on October 1. “We want to showcase the technological advancement in Tamil film industry to an international audience. The trend of screening dubbed films has also caught on in such film festivals,” he said. Film buffs could also treat themselves to south Indian cuisine as a food fest is also being organised.

For the first time, Tamil films would also make their way into a week-long International Film Festival to be held at Tashkent in Uzbekistan from October 19. Mr. Thangappan said that the three films, ‘Ko', ‘Deivathirumagal' and ‘Peranmai' have made it to the competitive category.

A photo exhibition on ‘Sivaji Ganesan, Global Cultural Ambassador' will also be organised at the event. The matinee idol introduced the characters of world literature and history to Tamil audience through his films. He had portrayed characters, including ‘Othello', ‘Julius Caesar', ‘Socrates', and also a soldier inspired by a Russian novel. Photographs that stand testimony to his contribution and his association with national leaders would be exhibited in both the film festivals, Mr. Thangappan said.

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