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‘Children should watch films on science and environment’

Staff Reporter

— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

VIP visitor: Actor Vijay Raghavendra greeting children at the Fifth International Children’s Film Festival in Bangalore on Sunday.

BANGALORE: Children should watch more films on science and environment and learn about keeping the city clean, Chairman of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) Sharat Chandra has said.

Speaking at an interaction programme organised as part of the Fifth International Children Film Festival here on Sunday, Mr. Sharat Chandra said that children should ensure that waste is thrown at the designated place. He stressed that children should concentrate on preventing pollution caused by firecrackers during Deepavali.

B.B. Nagpal, film critic, said that children should not only watch films but grasp the message and put them into practise. Another child director Shiropa Puma said that films sent messages of peace and educative values. Columbian Director Gearardo Nieto said that he was privileged to have been able to watch his four films being screened at the festival.

Mr. Gearardo, referring to “Nanu Gandhi” directed by Nanjunde Gowda, which was screened at the Columbian Film Festival, said the Gandhian values were worthy of emulating in his country and hence the film would be dubbed in Spanish at the earliest.

Nagathihalli Chandrashekar said that he would produce another children film by next year. Vedkumar, Chairman of the Children’s Film Festival, Andhra Pradesh, said that children should develop interest about protecting water bodies, traffic management, air pollution and solid waste processing.

Film actor Vijay Raghavendra and child director Arjo Sherstho of Bangladesh spoke.

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