Photo: Mamata Banerjee Facebook Profile
Kolkata, November 11 (IBNS) Every year at the opening ceremony of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) this writer feels a little bit miffed by Bollywood biggies Mr. Bachchan and Mr. Shahrukh Khan dominating the scenario and the Bengali stars lined slightly apart or behind.
This year, this gap came to a large extent by bringing Soumitra Chatterjee (he had previously avoided the festival because he felt his political disagreement with the Trinamool Congress) and Waheeda Rehman on the same stage to remind us of Satyahu Ray's Abhijaan in which they were thrown together.
One "bonus" that had no connection to the film festival was a public who was a short Shahrukh Khan's unpublished movie Zero. One wonders whether this is the right time and place to present a movie trailer.
Other than this slight delay on the subject, the picture was perfect because the Bengali movie actors, who started by Biswajit Chatterjee Madhabi Mukherjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullick and many veterans and beginners who formed the Bengal Film Industry were present on the podium as pleased to share the forum Big B: and Shahrukh Khan.
Tollywood Biggie Prosenjit Chatterjee, 24th President of KIFF, reminded the audience of Bengal's films that the silent film Bilwamangal set the foundation for a 100-year-old building. The question is – how does a "silent" movie define itself as a "language" movie that does not speak at all?
Nevertheless, in view of Bilwamangal's announcement on 8 November 1919, it is not 100 years old yet. Perhaps the "talking" movie was not a reflection, story, actors, geography and culture were the criteria upon which this choice was based.
However, someone pointed out that before Bilwamangalia Hiralal Sen made promotional films. It also made a document criticizing Bengal's participation in 1905, which is considered Bengal's first political film.
Although a guest of the festival, Waheeda Rehman told her for the first time in her experience of working with Satyajit Ray, who agreed to be afraid to talk about Bengal's lines, something she did not know about, Amitabh Bachchan, who made a remarkable case for her speech.
He pointed out that even though we celebrate 100 years of the Bengali movie, why are we always focusing on pilots and actors? Why do not we accept the courage of the finest and most creative factors making makeup men, boys, spot boys, assisting managers, choreographers, costume designers without their creative efforts being never made a movie, much less received prizes and prizes?
Will Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, whose works dominated the festival venues, will mark this year's next year – the Silver Jubilee Year and do something missing?
(Reporting by Shoma A. Chatterji)