Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

FILMFESTIVALS | 24/7 world wide coverage

Welcome !

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Film & Festival News, exploring the best of the film festivals community.  

Launched in 1995, relentlessly connecting films to festivals, documenting and promoting festivals worldwide.

A brand new website will soon be available. Covid-19 is not helping, stay safe meanwhile.

For collaboration, editorial contributions, or publicity, please send us an email here

User login


RSS Feeds 

Martin Scorsese Masterclass in Cannes services and offers


Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



RIFF, 09, 2023, 03: Festival director’s film screened at Dhaka International Film Festival

RIFF, 09, 2023, 03: Festival director’s film screened at Dhaka International Film Festival

Rajasthani documentary film Dhinga Gavar, directed and produced by Somendra Harsh, was screened at the 21st Dhaka International Film Festival. The film had its world première at the National Museum in Dhaka on Wednesday. Somendra Harsh represented his film and interacted with the cine lovers present there. ‘Dhinga’ means fun by pretence and ‘Gavar’ means Gangaur or Gauri (Parvati), Lord Shiva's wife.

Dr. Poonam Gupta, ICCR Hindi Chair, Department of Hindi - Institute of Modern Languages, Dhaka University (founded in 1974), along with the students of the department, were also present at the screening of Dhinga Gavar.

This short documentary is about the Dhinga Gavar festival, which only takes place in the city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, during the Chitra month, according to the Hindu calendar. The documentary showcases the history of the festival, along with its mythological as well as spiritual aspects. It also highlights various facts about this festival, one of them being that even widows can take part in the celebrations, which is not the case with many Hindu celebrations involving women, and even otherwise. During Dhinga Gavar, women worship the statues of Shiva (Isar) and his consort Parvati (Gangaur), to seek blessings for marital bliss.

Ladies who keep the fast are called Teejania, in the local language. They not only patrol the streets at night but also keep a stick in their hands. An unmarried man who gets beaten by Teejania is likely to get married within a year after that! So men who tease this rally might get thrashed nicely, and ladies happily take full advantage of that. Women dress up, inspired from various mythological characters, like Lord Krishna, demons, dacoits, police officers, etc., preparing well before the festival and even booking makeup men and their costumes. They sing, dance and enjoy their night out, without any restrictions.

Somendra Harsh is also the director of Rajasthan International Film Festival and has been working for the last 9 years promoting the Rajasthani language, as well as the Art and Culture of Rajasthan.

User images

About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

Bandra West, Mumbai


View my profile
Send me a message