Consulate General of Hungary in India holds a special screening of “Lend Me Your Eyes, Baltazars” in Mumbai

The Consulate General of Hungary in India along with SPJ Sadhana School organised a special screening of the award-winning documentary Lend Me Your Eyes, Baltazars on 7th May in Mumbai. The screening was a star-studded affair and was attended by H.E. Ferenc Jari-Consul General of Hungary in Mumbai; Dora Elek-Director; actresses Anna Keresztez and Veronika Kovacs and Bollywood star Karishma Kapoor.

The film was introduced by Kapoor, who supported the cause and said, “It’s a wonderful initiative for people with special needs. The film is shot in India to show the spiritual side of the country. It’s a great joining of Hungary and India. The entire team has done a great job in making the film.” She further added, “I’m here to spread the word. As a society, we should support people with mental disabilities. I’ll encourage people to watch the documentary.”

Ferenc Jari, Consul General of Hungary in Mumbai spearheaded the screening, adding how it is crucial for Hungary and India to join hands in addressing the need for empowering people with mental disabilities. He said, “Through this film a unique cultural and social bridge has been established between Hungary and India, enriching the already diversified scope of interactions between governments, companies, institutions and citizens of the two countries. We should explore ways and means of exchanging best practices and supporting each other to be able to address better the issues of mental disability and mental health in our societies. This film can serve as an important stepping stone in this endeavour.”

The Hungarian production directed by Dora Elek won the Best Director award in the Documentary Film category at the Jaipur International Film Festival in 2018. The film is a journey of self-discovery of the protagonists in the backdrop of India. Shot in the lush South Indian terrain, speckled with glimpses of its temples and cultural practices, as seen through the eyes of actresses Anna Keresztez and Veronika Kovacs.

Elek is a part of Budapest-based Baltazar Theatre Company which employs actors with mental disabilities. “Our theatre company aims to create an inclusive atmosphere for people with disabilities. We want to show people that art can address some of the fundamental issues of social integration of people with special needs and their artistic level is second to none,” explained Elek.

The film was screened to a select group where parents of children from SPJ Sadhana School joined, along with invitees from entertainment and travel media.