'Amader Bongobondhu,' a docudrama on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will be the inaugural film of the festival. Films like 'Guerilla' and 'Chitra Nodir Pare' are being screened for the second time on special request, along with new releases like 'Dahan' and 'Putro'
The 2nd Bangladesh Film Festival was inaugurated on Friday at the Nandan cinema hall in Kolkata. A total of 23 films will be screened during the four-day festival, from February 15-18, to promote contemporary Bangladeshi films among Indian film-lovers.
The inauguration ceremony was held at Gallery 2 of Nandan. The chief guest of the event was Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud. A team of 11 government representatives accompanied the minister. Eminent artistes like singer Mumtaz Begum, actors Riyaz, Tareen Jahan, Ferdous Ahmed and other popular faces are part of the delegation.
Honourable guest of the inauguration ceremony was West Bengal Tourism Minister Goutam Deb. The two special guests of the ceremony were Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Riva Ganguly Das and National award-winning film-maker Goutam Ghosh.
Information Minister Hasan Mahmud in his speech, called for more joint ventures between Bangladesh and West Bengal. He noted that actors like Jaya Ahsan and Ferdous Ahmed are doing well in Indian Bangla films.
The films will be screened at Nandan and Nazrul Tirtha cinema halls. Nazrul Tirtha is in the northeastern fringes of Kolkata.
"Amader Bongobondhu," a docudrama on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will be the inaugural film of the festival. Films like “Guerilla” and “Chitra Nodir Pare” are being screened for the second time on special request, along with new releases like “Dahan” and “Putro.”
National Film Award-winning actor Ferdous Ahmed participated in many film festivals of Kolkata as an invited guest, but this is his first stint of being part of an official delegation from the Bangladesh government. The actor left for Kolkata yesterday at 11am.
Regarding being a delegate, Ferdous told reporters: “For the first time I am going to participate in a film festival as a delegation member of the government. As an artiste, I feel very proud. I would especially like to thank our honourable Information Minister. I hope the film festival will be a grand success.”
Ferdous has acted in three of the films - “Postmaster 71,” “Putro,” and “Guerrilla," to be shown at the festival. The actor is due to return to Bangladesh on February 18.
Shooting of Ferdous’ current film “Gangchil,” directed by Nayeem Imtiaz Neyamul, will begin from March 1 in Noakhali. Ferdous also has two other projects in the pipeline: “Jam” and “Save Life.”