John Degory, Deputy Spokesperson of US embassy, said, “Cinema binds the two countries together making the 'Indo-US partnership special' in many ways.”

He also delivered a message at the inaugural ceremony of the five-day film fest at Siri Fort Auditorium here on Wednesday in Bollywood style -- 'Yeh dosti hum nahi todenge'.

"It is a great pleasure to represent American Centre and the US embassy today (Wednesday) as we launch the sixth edition of Jagran Film Festival. United States is honoured to have been selected to be the partner country for this year's festival," Degory said.

"I feel fortunate to live in India -- a country which values cinema as much mine. I'm pleased that our countries are closer than they have ever been before and they are only getting closer. I could say quite a lot about the relationship between India and the United States, but I will leave with the words by Amitabh Bachchan in 'Sholay' -- 'Yeh dosti hum nahi todenge,'” he said.

Under the partnership, some iconic American films will be showcased in the American Centre at Kasturba Gandhi Marg here. Degory emphasised that 'Indians like Americans believe in the power of films'.

"It is not just to entertain, but to inform and shape public opinion and discuss about important issues of our time like corruption, human rights and climate change. It's one of the many values that our countries hold and it is those values that makes Indo-US partnership special," he said.


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