Hyderabad November 17th 2017: Hyderabad Bangalee Samity, the oldest Bengali socio-cultural, voluntary, philanthropic society engaged in promoting goodwill and fellow-feeling among the Bengalis residing in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, is proud to host the Telangana Bengali Film Festival, Aayna 2017 in association with the Telangana tourism. Sri SK Joshi, Special Secretary, Smt. Dr Christina Z.Chongthu, MD, Department of Tourism, and Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary, IT inaugurated the 3 days festival today at Prasad preview theatre.
Spanning three days, the Festival consists of eight films in two sections: popular films with four well-acclaimed movies of which two are soon to be released and Retrospective Prosenjit: 'A look- back through the years' with four films of the superstar spanning different genres of cinema.
In today's world, watching a film in the comfort of one's home has become a part of people's everyday life and the audience is losing the initiative of going to a theatre and watching a blockbuster. But we need more technology-neutral forms and what better way than screening films in a festival for proactive views, discussions and an amalgamation of ideas.
Since healthy criticism is necessary to develop film as an art form and understand the role it plays in society, we welcome the media to have a face-to-face with actors, directors, music directors and film producers during the film festival for a lively tete-a-tete on all forms of the art.
Introduction to delegates
Prosenjit Chatterjee is the mega star of Bengali film and television industry. Also known as Bumba Da he has established himself as a leading & commercially successful actor. Prosenjit Chatterjee started his career at a very young age as child actor and gradually acted in more than 300 films. The superstar is an icon of West Bengal who single-handedly helped the Bengali film industry to reach greater heights.
Arpita Chatterj ee is an Indian actress and playback singer who appears primarily in Bengali films. She is best known for her roles in films like Asukh (1999), Dutta vs. Dutta (2012), Satyanweshi (2013) and Bodhon (2015). Significant film credits also include House of Memories
(2000), Protibad (2001), Devdas (2002) and the 2017 Bollywood romantic drama Shab. She is the wife of popular Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatteijee.
Koneenica Banerjee is a Bengali Television and film actress who started her acting career in TV with the soap opera "Swapnanil 1 which was telecasted in Zee Bangla. Her big screen debut was Moloy Bhattachaijee's film "Tin Ekke Tin". She is popular in West Bengal for her acting and her style sense. She will be seen in "Billu Rakkhosh".
Joy Sarkar is a Kolkata-based Bengali music director and songwriter. He was bom to Sudhin Sarkar, a Bengali singer, and Kalyani Sarkar. He has also been a judge of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Bangla. Sarkar started his career in 1998 when he composed the first song of his life that was Chhelebelar Brishti. Since then he has been composing for albums, films, stage, television and advertising commercials. His 2017 release includes the drama film Bilu Rakkhosh.
Debasish Sen Sharma is a postgraduate in English and Film Studies from Jadavpur University.He has been working as an independent film maker since last 12 years.He began his career as an advertising professional and then as freelance journalist and finally landed up giving shapes to his ideas in audio visual medium. Debasish engages himself in a huge genre of activities- documentary fim, television commercials, promos,corporate films, television non-fiction shows, theatre and his latest area of interest- positive psychology. He has a strong contribution in film academics as a teacher. He writes for several journals and magazines, presents papers in different symposiums and takes workshops on film and media worldwide.
Bicycle Kick (2012), a feature film produced by Succes Life Creations Pvt Ltd.
Matir Kella(201 l),a music documentary produced by Saregama.
Sufi Sutra(201 l),a docu fiction on a sufi festival in India.
A Journey of Jhumur(2007),a documentary Indrasis Acharya is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter who is best known for his work in the Bengali film industry. After directing nationally and internationally acclaimed short films like Living Beyond the Line, Ektu Antorikota Jonno and Un-fair-y, he made his feature film debut as a writer-director with the 2017 drama Bilu Rakkhosh, which won accolades at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, NYIFF and Asia Film Festival. Indasis' maiden short film, Living Beyond the Line, has also won the Best Film Award at the National Festival for Short and Documentary Films. The writer-director is currently winning accolades at the kolkata film fest with his second feature film Pupa, which he also wrote.
Ipsita Roy Sarkar and Rajesh Dutta: The versatile director duo have two films in their kitty. They are in the news since they decided to make a sequel to the 70's hit Basanta Bilap.