Inauguration of the Bangladesh Film Festival in Kolkata

The 4th Bangladesh Film Festival kicked off in Nandan, the heart of Kolkata, after being closed for two consecutive years due to the Corona outbreak. The five-day festival kicked off auspiciously on Saturday 29 October. The Minister of Information inaugurated this film festival organized on the initiative of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Bangladesh, and under the direction of the Bangladesh Sub-Commission in Kolkata. Hassan Mahmud. Babul Supriya, Acting Minister of Information Technology and Tourism, Government of West Bengal, Saimum Sarwar Kamal, MP for Cox’s Bazar-3 Constituency, Director Gautam Ghosh, Andalib Elias, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Kolkata and press secretary Ranjan Sen were present as guests of honor.

Jaya Ahsan, Chanchal Chowdhury, and Anirban Chakraborty were among the stars in the entertainment world. At the event, director Gautam Ghosh said in a regretful tone that the two countries were doing business. Onion and garlic go from here. The products come from Bangladesh. So where is the barrier to the exchange of films? Either the Bangladeshis should come to work here or the Bengalis should go to Bangladesh. Where is the problem of sharing films made directly? I talked about it in both countries. But nothing happens at work. Information Minister Hashan Mahmud said: I heard the same birds chirping in both Bengals, I grew up in the same river and the same climate. Therefore, our Bengali language and culture cannot be trapped within political fences or borders. What is true above all is that we are all Bengalis.

Bengali means to have emotion. Likewise, we have a passion for Kolkata. This city is the city of Rabindranath Tagore. Satyajit Roy, city of Jagdish Chandra. This city is also ours. In this city of emotion. You have adopted the artists of Bangladesh. We believe that artists from Bengal have no barriers. Similarly, filmmakers have no borders. As Jaya Ahsan sits across from me. He also said I organized the Bangladesh film festival in Kolkata. The reason is that Bengali art and culture should not be bound by barbed wire. I think that if our Bangladeshi filmmakers and our Kolkata filmmakers can work together, one day Bengali films can take another place in the world. It requires working together. From now on, it is possible to show films of a joint production between the two countries in both countries.

I think it needs to be simplified. Babul Supriyo said it was Bangladesh’s first film festival after Corona. The excitement outside is proof that art literature and Bengali films are never seen separately. This year, the fourth Bangladesh Film Festival was held with 37 Bangladeshi films. These films are shown in theaters 1, 2, and 3 in Nandan, Kolkata. The film festival will start on Saturday and end on November 2. The theaters will be open to the public daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time. Aired on the first day of the festival—’Haseena A Daughter’s Tale, ‘Hawa’, ‘Paraan’ and ‘Chiranjeevi Mujib’. But the people of Calcutta are now fluttering in the wind. The film “Hawa” was screened twice that day to meet demand. Many people sat on the floor and watched the movie ‘Hawa’ during the premiere screening at noon local time.

Those who were unable to enter the venue by queuing at 12 p.m. returned after queuing for six hours to see the show at 6:30 p.m. Apart from a handful of OTT platforms, the people of Kolkata have no taste for Bangladeshi movies. So they wait for that festival time. The 37 Bangladeshi films to be screened during the five-day festival (October 29-November 2)—Gunmen, Hridita, Beauty Circus, Hawa, Paraan, Pai Talay Mati Nai, Pap Punya, Kalbela, Chandravati Katha, Chiranjeev Mujib, Rehana Maryam Noor, Nona Jala Kavya, Raat Jaga Flower, Red Rooster’s Peigne, Gore, Galui, Gandi, Vishwa Sundari, Rupsa River Bend, Shuttle Train, I Can’t Find People Like Mind, No-Drai, Kamala Rocket, Goheen Baluchar, and 49 Winds. Documentary films include – ‘Hasina A Daughter’s Tale, ‘Badhabhumi Te Ekdan’, ‘A Song For A Country’ and ‘Madhumati Parer Manutti: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’. There are eight movies in the short. These are – Dhad, Maina, Transit, Kear Paap Tare, Fera, Nari Jeevan, Kagi Khel, and Arang.

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