Photo: Mamata Banerjee Facebook profile
Kolkata, November 11 (IBNS) Every year, during the inauguration of the Calcutta International Film Festival (KIFF), this writer feels a bit irritated by Bollywood big stars, Mr. Bachchan and Mr. Shahrukh Khan dominate the scenario, while the Bengali stars are slightly apart or in the back.
This year this gap was largely limited by the introduction of Soumitry Chatterjee (he had previously avoided the festival due to his perceived political differences with the ruling Trinamool Congress) and Waheeda Rehman on the same platform to remind us of Abhijaan Satyajit Ray in which they were joined together .
One "bonus" that had nothing to do with the film festival in which the audience was available was the harbinger of the unreleased film Shahrukh Khan "Zero". One wonders if it was the right time and place to present the trailer of his film.
In addition to this slight deviation from the subject, the picture was complete because veterans of Bengali cinema, starting with Biswajit Chatterjee by Madhabi Mukherjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullick and many veterans and beginners who create the Bengali film industry, were present on the market. the podium is happy to share the platform with Big B and Shahrukh Khan.
Tollywood biggie Prosenjit Chatterjee, president of KIFF 24., reminded the audience about the beginnings of Bengali cinema, stating that the silent Bilwamangal cinema laid the foundations for a building that is now 100 years old. The question is – how does the "silent" movie be described as a "language" film that does not speak at all?
Even so, given the release date of Bilwamangal, which was supposed to be November 8, 1919, it still is not 100 years old. Perhaps the "talkative" film was not the subject of consideration, history, actors, geography and culture were the criteria on which this choice was based.
However, someone pointed out that before Bilwamangal, Hiralal Sen made advertising films. Sen also made a documentary criticizing the Bengal party in 1905, which is considered the first political film in Bengal.
While Waheeda Rehman, the guest at the festival for the first time, talked about her experience working with Satyajit Ray, who calmed her fears of declaring her line in Bengali, which she did not know anything about, Amitabh Bachchan raised a very important point in his speech.
He pointed out that although we celebrate 100 years of Bengali cinema, why are we always concentrating on directors and actors? Why not deserve a very hard-working and creative participation in the corridors by make-up artists, broom boys, local boys, assistant directors, choreographers, costume designers, without whom creative effort would never make a film, much less received prizes and awards?
Did Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, whose face dominated the festival venues, record it for the next year – the Silver Jubilee Year and will not do anything about it?
(Reporting by Shoma A. Chatterji)