Renowned filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly’s Bengali movie “Cinemawala”, an ode to single screens in the country, and December 16 gangrape documentary “Daughters of Mother India” today raised the curtains at the Indian Panorama Film Festival here.
The 12-day fest will showcase 45 popular movies, which were selected in the Indian Panorama section at the 2015 International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Superstar Salman Khan-starrer “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, India’s Oscar entry “Court”, multiple award-winning “Masaan” and “Jai Ho- A film on AR Rahman” among others are opened for public screening.
“There are 700 single screen theatres only in West Bengal that run films on celluloid. Now only 250 theatres are left and all of them are digitised. I find it very emotional. Never feel digitisation has made filmmaking easy. It’s fine if you think filmmaking is possible if you have a smartphone but don’t skip the rituals and methods. I’m very lucky out of 16 films, I have shot 10 on celluloid,” Ganguly said during the inauguration.
“Daughters of Mother India” director Vibha Bakshi feels it’s tough for a documentary filmmaker to keep the audience glued to the screens but she is grateful to the Indian viewers that they have accepted her movie.
“Documentaries are tough field. It’s very hard to bring in audience and keep them engaged. But I have to say that a very small film ‘Daughters of Mother India’ has taken the movement forward.
“It’s really about what happened to India after the night of Nirbhaya like anyone of you I was an ordinary person searching for answers. I was in Delhi when the protests broke out. And I was a proud daughter of India. No country has reacted the way we reacted to this gender crime,” Bakshi said.
Another Bengali film “Kadambari”, a Konkana Sensharma-biopic on Kadambari Debi who was Rabindranath Tagore’s sister-in-law, will bring an end to the film extravaganza.