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'Chak de India' kicks off Bollywood event

HOLLYWOOD — Bollywood took over the Acad on Friday for the opening of the five-day India Splendor fest, which began with the film “Chak de India” (Come on India).

During a dessert reception in the Acad lobby following the screening, director and scribe Bhupendra Kumar Modi, whose MGlobal Trust is organizing the festival with UCLA’s film school and ICM, said there was a waiting list for events at this year’s fest.

“We’ve had a tremendous response; I hope something will come out of it in terms of actual business. That’s what we’re looking forward to,” Modi said.

“We’re going to see more American directors who are going to find inspiration in Indian films; Indian directors who are going to find inspiration in American films; crossover of actors, cinematographers and technical people; and co-productions,” said Robert Rosen, dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “We’re at a turning point.”

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