India’s Travelling Film Festival, the Jagran Film Festival that toured 16 cities, is on its seven-day journey in the cinematic capital of India, Mumbai. As part of its celebration of cinema, the festival will be honoring veteran cinematographer Pravin Bhatt. Mr. Bhatt will be the recipient of the prestigious ‘Special Contribution to Indian Cinema’ award at the Closing Ceremony of the 8th Jagran Film Festival on September 24, 2017.

Pravin Bhatt, a second generation film professional, son of veteran film director Vijay Bhatt is also father of filmmaker Vikram Bhatt. Having witnessed six decades of filmmaking, right from his debut as a cinematographer in the film ‘Himalay Ki God Me’ (1965), Mr. Bhatt has worked on some of the best films of Indian Cinema including Umrao Jaan, Kaalia, Arth, Masoom, Agneepath, Aashiqui, and more recently films like Raaz, Awara Paagal Deewana and Creature 3D among others.

The ace cinematographer began early as an intern under his father Vijay Bhatt’s able guidance and mentorship as an assistant cameraman in 1960 in the film ‘Hariyali Aur Rasta’ (1962).

The Jagran Film Festival began on July 1 2017 in Delhi, touring the length and breadth of the country to bond with people from all walks of life, in the world of cinema. Currently, in its last leg of cultural amalgamation, will conclude its magnifying journey in Mumbai. Over 130 screenings have been lined up, showcasing a stellar list of films from across the world. Some of the prominent sections of the Festival are World Panorama, Indian Showcase, Jagran Shorts, Jagran Discovery, Country Focus and the Retrospective of films.