Hyderabad: Celebrating the rich culture of Bengali cinema, Hyderabad Bangalee Samity in association with the Tourism and Culture Government of Telangana, Moving Images and UtsabCultural Association is all set to present the 3rd edition of Telangana Bengali Film Festival in the city.
Mr. HarikrishnaMamidi, Director of the Department of Language and Culture, Government of Telangana along with Mr. Mohammad Ali Baig, Indian theatre personality announced the forthcoming film festival, a socio-cultural activity in the city.
The film festival is going to be held from 6th December 2019-8th December 2019 at Prasad preview theatre, Banjara Hills unveiling 23 films (national & international) to be screened throughout the event with English subtitles. A spectacular gamut of celebrities, divas and cinema lovers from Bollywood and Tollywood will descend to Hyderabad to make this festival a success. Spanning three days, the festival consists of eight films in two sections: Popular Films and a retrospective; along with a range of award categories. Dedicated to uplifting the rich heritage of Bengali cinema, the film festival will have 10 feature films, 8 short films, and 3 foreign films.
The inaugural film is Ghawre Bairey Aaj. Nirbaan, Ami Joy Chatterjee, Samsaara, Bohomaan, Purbo Poschim Dokkhin Uttor Ashbei, Kolkatay Kohinoor, Sahobashey, Mitin Mashi, Rajlokkhi o Srikanto will be screened in the three-day fest where Hridmajharey will have a special screening.
Our guests who will grace the festival are Mr. Bratya Basu, Minister of Forests, West Bengal and Mr. Saswata Chatterjee, who is the brand ambassador of the festival.
Ms. Aparna Sen will come to the festival as director of Ghawre Baire Aaj along with the stars of the film Mr. Anirban Bhattacharya and Ms. Tuhina Das, and also as an actress on Bohomaan opposite Mr. Soumitra Chatterjee.
Abir Chatterjee will be present with two of his films as will Rahul with three of his films.
Youngster Mr. Anubhav Kanjilal will be present with his film Sahobashe along with his costars Ishaa and Saayoni. Mr. Sohag Sen will be present throughout the fest.
The surprise guest is no other than the yesteryears’ doe-eyed beauty Ms. Rakhi Gulzar who will interact with the audience after her film Nirbaan has been screened.
All the directors of the films and nine production houses will be at Hyderabad where their films are being showcased. The shortfilms have been curated with aplomb by the festival’s curator Ms. Sumana Kanjilal
Apart from movie screenings, the film festival will unfold a variety of striking activities like acting workshop by Mr. Mohammad Ali Baig, Theatre professional & Mr. Debasish Sen Sharma, independent filmmaker, photo exhibition of Mr. Ritwik Ghatak & Mr. Goutam Ghose, cookery competition and many more.
Mr. HariKrishna Mamidi,Director of the Department of Language and Culture, Government of Telangana, says,” Bengalis in Hyderabad has become an integral part of Telangana. Hyderabad is a cosmopolitan city and our government has great respect towards all cultures and communities residing in Hyderabad. The department of language and culture took the initiative to build a cultural bridge between all the communities through various forms of art. Telangana Bengali Film festival is one of the greatest initiatives and is going to become a wonderful hit in days to come. Introducing an acting workshop is one of the best addition in this 3rd edition. Best wishes to all team members organizing such a beautiful event in Hyderabad”
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Ranjan Kumar Roy Choudhury, Chairman Hyderabad Bangalee Samitysays, “Eight lakh bengalis reside in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, who are parched for cultural shows or movie screenings in bengali. TBFF – Aayna, 2019 will again look to unite the huge bengali diaspora living in Hyderabad and beyond and help them connect with the artistic, social, cultural and political ethos of their roots”.
Mr. Sumit Sen, Convener TBFF and Gen Secretary Hyderabad Bangalee Samity says, “We are delighted to announce the begin of an artistic carnival in the city. The film festival will bring a bouquet of award-winning and much-lauded films during the three-day festival and a chance to interact with the top stars during various interactive sessions. We will have seasoned as well as young faces from our very own Tollywood gracing the festival. We have named this film festival as Aayna which means Mirroring Life, aiming at celebrating all the emotions in a reel that we go through in reality”.
Mr. Krishnendu Roy, Joint Convener, Utsab Cultural Association says “We are extremely glad to be a part of the biggest extravaganza this year. For all movie buffs around the city, this interactive film festival will bring a unique experience talking emotions and various aspects that surface during the making of films.”
Mr. Joy Kumar Dutta, the Festival Director says, “This is the 3rd edition of TBFF and we are overjoyed to bring some renowned names of Bollywood and Tollywood film industries in Hyderabad. We look forward to your gracious presence during the three days of festival”.
The film festival will have plenty of food stalls of different tastes starting from biryani to Kolkata sweets.