HYDERABAD: The third edition of Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival, organised by Bengalis In Hyderabad, started on July 1 witnessing the presence of glitterati and Bengali cinema personalities like Roopa Ganguly, Ananya Chatterjee, Shuvolagna Mukherjee and other dignitaries. The festival will continue till July 3 and showcase eight Bengali movies at Prasads Preview Theatre, Banjara Hills.
At the curtain-raiser event organised at Kalakriti Art Gallery, legendary Bengali screen-writer Nabendu Ghose was given the centenary tribute. As part of the homage his novel in Bengali ‘Kadam Kadam’ was launched.
This was the last book written by this phenomenal writer based on life of Nazir’s Hussain’s experience in INA. Apart from the recollections by Aparajita SInha and Siladitya Sen. The first day of the film festival saw panel discussion ‘What makes a successful film: Money, Talent or Networking?’ which was followed by the premier of movie ‘Bridge’. The movies that will be shown are: Cinemawala, Kolkatar King (Premier), Babar Naam Gandhiji, Natoker Moto, Onyo Opala, Asa Jaoar Maajhe and Anubrata Bhalo AAchho. Many directors and actors from Bengali cinema industry are attending the film festival. The festival director Partha Pratim Mallik wants to take the festival to a larger scale as he said, “Film critics circle of India (FCCI) is partnering with us and we are going to introduce a Viewers' Choice Award as well.”