Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2017 which took place recently featured authors, film makers, poets and others. The participation was not only limited to the national level but many international speakers also graced this literary event.
Some of the eminent personalities who took part in AKLF 2017 include Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Shobhaa De, Devdutt Pattanaik, Amit Chaudhuri, Nayantara Sahgal, Kunal Basu and others.
The festival commemorated late writer and activist Mahasweta Devi with a documentary film screening Talking Writing: Four Conversations with Mahasweta Devi directed by Pushan Kripalani.
Film makers Q, Ashok Vishwanathan, Ranjan Palit gave away the prizes of the short film festival at the event.
AKLF 2017 was a grand celebration of literature for sure!!
All India Film Directors Organisation (AIFDO) organized an event named Culture Curry where an interesting segment called the Big Adda Session took place. Present at the event was Utpalendu Chakraborty, Sekhar Das, Arvind Sinha, Shankha Ghosh (film maker and General Secretary, AIFDO), Ashok Vishwanathan and others.
The eminent personalities discussed on topics like Film as inclusion medium for all art and the influence of films in the field of art and culture. Culture curry is a festival which aimed to promote upcoming talent in the respective fields and can be the medium for sustainability for the talents. Promoting art culture with the main motive of building awareness, entertainment, uplifting of talents and providing them platform is also the other motives of the festival.
Speaking at the event, Utpalendu Chakraborty said “It is time that we communicate and discuss. We are all living in islands now. We hardly have the time to communicate and talk about issues. This must be changed. Exchanges and talks will be helpful in exchange of ideas”.
Various competitions throughout the festival were held to encourage the upcoming talents in painting and photography exhibition, theatre festival and competitive short film festival. The winners were also felicitated by eminent dignitaries at the event.
EIMPA, Eastern India Motion Picture Directors’ Association will be organizing a seminar Rupantar on 18th September addressing major issues faced by the directors and technicians in today’s time. To announce this seminar, a press meet was organized which was attended by Gautam Ghosh, Raja Chanda, Ashok Vishwanathan, Bimal Dey, Tarapada Mondal and others.
Some of the issues that will be highlighted in the seminar include the advantages and disadvantages of using digital technique in film making. The problems faced by television and film makers will also be discussed.
Mrinal Sen and Tarun Majumder will be conferred with awards for their lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. Many directors who are financially weak will be provided with regular financial help. A short film festival will also be organized by EIMPA. Short film makers can submit their films (duration maximum thirty minutes) by filling a form and submitting two hundred rupees at the office of EIMPA.
“It is important that ideas have to be discussed between film makers. This will enable one to understand new techniques of film making and make good films. exchange of ideas is very important” said Gautam Ghosh.
Gautam Ghosh and Prosenjit Chatterjee have consented to attend the seminar on 18th September.
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Poetry Paradigm and Aauris Hotel organized a poetry reading session titled “Peace Ponder” recently at the hotel premises. Present at the poetry reading session was Ashok Vishwanathan, Saira Shah Halim, Bobby Chakraborty, Nivedita Dey, Agnimitra Paul and others.
“Peace is not discussed much in recent times. This should have been given much prominence given the unrest prevalent in the society. Freedom of expression is at an all time low in the country. So this is the right time to organize a poetry reading session on peace” said Saira Shah Halim.
Designer Agnimitra Paul also highlighted on the fact that this poetry reading session was a great initiative on the part of Poetry Paradigm.
Saira Shah Halim also cut the cake at the event as it was her birthday that day.
Film Noir seems to have become very popular with Bengali Film directors. After the recent release of Ashok Vishwanathan’s 1+1=3, another director Ayan Chakraborti’s film Shororipu is about to release and that too is based on Film Noir. This genre of film making which draws its origins in Hollywood films of the 1930’s and 1940’s can be characterized by their sense of cynicism, moral ambiguity and fatalistic attitude.
The story of Shororipu begins with breaking news being shown on television. Dead bodies of a couple are discovered in the basement of a parking lot of a hotel. It is assumed that they were smashed. A dead body is also discovered in the hotel room where the dead couple was staying. In an apartment close to the hotel, a man is found dead beside a girl. Detective Chandra and his assistant Konee along with DCP Sharma cracks this case within a span of fifteen days. This leaves many of his colleagues amazed and it is then that he narrates the six vices of human beings, the knowledge of which actually helps him crack this case.
Shororipu boasts of a stellar cast. Chiranjeet Chakraborty who is reportedly breaking his earlier image that he had painstakingly created with commercial movies will be seen in a completely new look in this film. Indraneil Sengupta, Sohana Saba (Bangladesh), Rudranil Ghosh, Sudipta Chakraborty, Sohini Sarkar, Konenica Banerjee will be seen in important roles in this upcoming Bengali film.
Produced by Surajit Hari and Fab Four Films, the shooting of the film is currently in progress in various parts of the city.