Bollywood Meets Argentina: India Film Festival Begins in Buenos Aires

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Bollywood superstar Lisa Ray is participating in this month's India Film Festival in Buenos Aires

Bollywood superstar Lisa Ray is participating in this month's India Film Festival in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires plays hosts to major international festivals year-round, but this month’s Festival of India finds Latin America’s most cosmopolitan metro showcasing the second fastest-growing economy in the world.

As one of India’s leading cultural exports, Bollywood takes center stage during the Festival with the arrival of actress Lisa Ray and the launch of the Indian Film Festival this evening at the Borges Cultural Center.

Ray, the 37-year-old star of Water and Bollywood/Hollywood, told Clarin she likes walking through the streets of Buenos Aires where nobody recognizes her. (Full Story) If her comment implies Bollywood hasn’t been widely embraced in Argentina, this month’s festival will be a welcome introduction.

Screenings will be held every night through November 15 and then on the weekends through December. In addition, Ray will be speaking at both the Universidad del Cine and INCAA, the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts. According to the Embassy of India in Argentina, Ray will be meeting with Argentine filmmakers to discuss possible collaborations between Bollywood and Argentina.