Image: Mamata Banerjee Facebook profile
Kolkata, November 11 (IBNS) At the inauguration of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), this writer senses a bit about Bollywood biggies Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan in the scenario, and the stars of Bengal ranked slightly apart or behind them.
This gap was largely connected to Soumitra Chatterjee (he had previously avoided the festival due to his perceived political differences with the ruling Trumanool congress) and Waheeda Rehman on the same platform to remind us of Satyajit Ray Abhijan, in which they were put together.
One "bonus" that was not related to the film festival where the audience was, was a short Shootorkhhana movie unfinished movie Zero. One wonders if it was the right time and the real place where his movie trailer appeared.
Except for this slight deviation from the subject, the picture was complete because Bengal cinema veteran actors from Biswajit Chatterjee through Madhabi Mukherjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullick, and many veterans and young people who make up the Bengali film industry participated in a pedestal that was quite willing to share the platform with Big B and Shahrukh Khan.
Tollywood's largest Prosenjit Chatterjee, president of the 24th KIFF, reminded the audience of the start of the Bengal cinema, pointing out that Bilwamangal's silent film was building a 100-year-old building. The question is, how does the "silent" film define itself as a "language" movie that does not speak at all?
However, taking into account the release date of Bilwamangal, which was set on 8 November 1919, it is still 100 years old. Perhaps the film "speaking" was not an excuse, story, actors, geography and culture were the criteria on which this choice was based.
However, someone pointed out that before Billwamangal Hiralal Sen produced promotional films. He also completed a documentary film criticizing the Bengal Party in 1905, which is considered the first Bengal political film.
While Waheeda Rehman, the waitress at the festival for the first time, is transferring her experience to Satjaajit Ray, making it easy for her to express her lines in Bengali for which she did not know, namely Amitabh Bachchan, who raised a very significant point in his speech.
He pointed out that, although we are celebrating 100 years of Bengali cinema, why do we always try to focus on directors and actors? Why not pay attention to the extent to which I thank the very hard working and creative behind-the-scenes provided by makeup men, slots boys, spot boys, assistant directors, choreographers, costume designers who, as a result of their creative efforts, never made any film, received much less honors and awards ?
Did Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who visually dominated the festival, celebrate it for the next year – a silver anniversary year and would not do something that is missing?
(Shoma A. Chatterji reports)