Ace director Aparna Sen has made her debut in Hindi films as a director with Saari Raat. The film is based on a play written by ace playwright Badal Sircar. The premiere of this film took place at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) on the day of the inauguration.
The event also saw the release of the book “Badal Sircar: Towards a Theatre of Conscience”. The book is a full length study about the life and works of the ace playwright. Aparna Sen, Anjan Dutt, Anjum Katyal were present at the launch of this book on the playwright.
Badal Sircar brought theatre to the streets and masses in India. Aparna Sen spoke at length about how she was inspired by Sircar’s work for making her Hindi film debut. The film had gone to many premiere film festivals all over the world namely New York Indian Film festival (May 2015), London Indian Film Festival (July 2015), Indian International Film Festival of Tampa Bay, Florida (August 2015), DC South Asian Film Festival (September 2015) and Jagran Film Festival (October 2015).
Started in 2010, the Apeejay Surrendra Group and Oxford Bookstore on Park Street have started this festival as part of the bookstore’s year round involvement with writers, publishers and books. Eminent personalities like Ben Okri, Shobhaa De, Ruchir Joshi, Meera Syal, Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Shatrughan Sinha were present at this festival.
This multi-faceted event had several stimulating components designed to give visitors and the audience an enriching experience with a blend of literature, culture, art and heritage.