New Delhi, September 7: As part of efforts to create a platform for showcasing critically acclaimed movies to the connoisseurs of the national capital, the Government of West Bengal joined hands with Doordarshan to organize a festival of films by renowned Bengali directors at Banga Bhavan, Hailey Road, on 6th and 7th September, 2014.
The “Best of Indian Cinema – Bengal Film Festival” was inaugurated at 10.30 a.m. on 6th September at the Auditorium of Banga Bhavan in the gracious presence of Shri Sanjay Mitra, Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal, Director General (DD News) Smt. Archana Datta, Shri R.D. Meena, Special Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, Additional Director General, Doordarshan, Smt. Anita Sinha and distinguished film personalities Shri Goutam Ghose, Shri Ashoke Viswanathan and Shri Jahar Kanungo.
This unique collaborative initiative offered a bouquet of films which had received awards and laurels at the international festival circuit. The movies which were screened over a period of two days were “Kaalbela” (2009), directed by Shri Goutam Ghose, “Nisshabd” (2005) by Shri Jahar Kanungo, “Mahulbonir Sereng” (2003) by Shri Sekhar Das, “Elar Char Adhyay” (2011) by Shri Bappaditya Bandopadhyay, “Prohor” (2002) by Shri Subhadro Choudhury and “The Last Lear” (2007) by late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh. The festival garnered wide positive review in national and vernacular media and attracted a large number of patrons, including film lovers from the lakhs-strong Bengali community in the national capital.
A special highlight of the inaugural day was a Panel Discussion on “Cinema and other allied Arts – the Interdependence” by Shri Goutam Ghose, Shri Ashoke Viswanathan and Shri Jahar Kanungo. The session was moderated by eminent film critic Shri Manojit Lahiri.
Exhibition and promotion of books on films and filmmaking, CDs/DVDs, Bengali handloom and handicrafts and Bengali cuisine were the added attractions of the programme.