Mumbai, Oct 7 (PTI) Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s “Rang De Basanti” is being screened at the first-ever Mauritius Film Festival.

Mauritius is celebrating 50 years of independence next year and the inaugural annual festival is a part of the celebrations.

Given the close ties with India, “Rang De Basanti” is one of the films that is being screened at the festival today and tomorrow.

Mehra has been invited as a guest of honour by Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth to be part of the celebrations.

He will also be a part of a Film Directing Masterclass with actor and director Justin Chadwick.

“It’s a rare honour to be invited for the inaugural Mauritius film festival. ‘Rang de Basanti’ has been chosen to be showcased among a prestigious selection of movies from around the globe like ‘Gandhi’, ‘Amistad’, ’12 years of a Slave’ and ‘Mandela’ to name a few.

“The honourable prime minister of Mauritius will himself be there to inaugurate and welcome the delegates. The event celebrates 50 years of Independence of the island country and the movies selected celebrate the human spirit,” Mehra said in a statement.

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