With Ramdhanu turning out to be the biggest Bengali block-buster of the year, the film’s female protagonist, the reel mom of the celluloid ‘kid’ said every film can’t have a sequel.
Unveiling the Ramdhanu range of collections, hand-crafted, smelling heritage, but with contemporary cut in Kolkata, actor Gargi Roychowdhury said, “We are yet to get over the ecstasy. Me, directors Shiboprosad Mukherjee-Nandita Roy knew the film will click. But the way it has been hugely received, when footfall is usually dwindling at theatres after two weeks, and still getting full houses, we are vindicated. The director and others are vindicated,” Gargi, who is also seen in Buno Haansh and Hercules, said.
2 states offer land for proposed film institute in North East
The Centre’s proposal for setting up a film institute in the North Eastern region to tap the cinematic talents of the youth has got a major boost with two states coming forward to offer land for the purpose. The governments of Manipur and Meghalaya have expressed their interest in extending land for the initiative of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, said that his ministry officials would visit the states that have offered land and other facilities, and a judicious decision would be taken in this regard.
“Our team will be visiting the states, which are offering the land and other facilities. We will take a judicious decision on it,” Javadekar said. He also exuded confidence that other states from the region would follow the suit. “We have written to all the Chief Ministers. Two (states) have already made the offer and met me. Others will also do it, I am sure. But, we will take a judicious call on the location of the film institute,” he added. Presently, the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute at Kolkata duly provides a platform for students from the North Eastern region to harness their talents in the domain of film making.
A film institute in one of the North Eastern states is expected to give a fillip for the local youths with skills in film making, the minister said. While the number of films made in Manipuri language every year is around 60, Arunachal Pradesh is also producing films. Crossing Bridges, the first film to be made in the Sherdukpen language of Arunachal Pradesh, had won National award for 2013.