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Festive cheer for Indian Films!

Ritesh Batra

By HT

New Delhi, Feb. 19 -- Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak made waves at the recently-held Berlin International Film Festival; Suraj Sharmastarrer Umrika stole the show at the Sundance Film Festival, and Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox has been touring film fests across the globe for over a year now.

Clearly, it's time to stop sulking over Indian films missing an entry to the Oscar shortlist, and start cheering their success at prestigious film events across the world.

And no, the acclaim is not restricted to arthouse cinema anymore. Shah Rukh Khan's potboiler Happy New Year was recently released in China, and will now be screened at the upcoming Beijing International Film Festival. Rani Mukerji's cop drama, Mardaani, has been doing good business across theatres in Poland.

Experts find this trend welcoming. "Once a film gets access to these big platforms, it opens up markets," says Batra, director of The Lunchbox, which was nominated for the BAFTAs. Rani was also overwhelmed by the response to Mardaani in Warsaw.

"It reiterates the fact that a good film finds an audience irrespective of the language," she said. Film trade analyst Atul Mohan feels that this international recognition will only help improve the standard of our films. "Besides making inroads into untapped markets, this will ensure that more films are made for the global audience."