In the first ever Bengali film festival in Europe, seven acclaimed movies of various genres will be screened at the prestigious Harrow Art Centre, London.
Called the ‘Pratidin Probash Parboni Film Festival’, to give the expatriate Bengalis a fair idea about the contemporary changes, turns and twists in the Bengali film industry, which is on a resurgent phase, the festival will mark the world premier of the much anticipated Balukabela.com (Movie) , a very different work by debutante director Partho Sen and the first time screening of some other works appreciated in the audience domain. Popular actor Rudranil Ghosh, two of whose films Balukabela and Elar Char Adhyay will be screened in the festival, told a news agency “as ‘workers’ in the film industry we are all excited with the developments. A large group of Bengalis had to depend on DVDs to see our films. But now they can see it almost instantly. I will be certainly there to be with our audience,” Rudranil said.
“A wide section of the Bengalis living in UK always want to be updated about our contemporary releases, as they keenly follow the latest trends at their away home. No point in dishing out the old fare as they can procure the dvds of recent releases and can see,” says Sayantan Das Adhikary, on behalf of the organisers. Conceptualized and executed by Panchamukhee, a registered charity of UK and Candid Communication to give logistical support to the show from May 18 to 20, the experience is set to be replicated elsewhere, from November 2-4 in Sydney, he said.