From Our Correspondent
SILCHAR, January 6: The six–day–long 17th annual film festival organized by Beekshan Cine Commune began here this evening at District library auditorium, the venue of the event.
The annual film festival has been winning laurels for the organizer, well known for their aesthetic selections of films from the past and present.
Dr Oiram Nilakantha Singha, a well–known litterateur and Sahitya Academy award winner, who iugurated the festival, in the midst of distinguished invitees and audience, said that the initiative of the Beekshan Cine Commune of this town for the last sixteen years has been remarkable to display before the admirers of best features and documentaries of the all time producers and directors of repute. He added to say that people should watch good films because it can help them to become a good human being. “Good films change the mind and thinking of people. So, watching good films are very much important for everyone,” he said.
He also dwelt upon various aspects of classical films, art films and commercial films. He urged the members of Beekshan Cine Commune to continue their efforts to screen good films for the people. He laid stress on making local films. “Silchar youths should take a lead in making films,” he added.
The uniqueness of the festival is that it is in seventeen languages that has 18 features from 12 countries. The iugural show began with the Bengali film Jatiswar’ directed by Srijit Mukherjee followed by Russian filmmaker Ander Zvyagintsev’s masterpiece ‘The Return’.
The mes of other films, which are being screened in the festival, are Sandip Ray’s ‘Chaar’ and Wolfgang Becker’s ‘Good Bye Lenin, And Gandhi’s ‘Ship Of Theseus’, Pradipta Bhattacharjeee’s ‘Bakita Byaktigoto’, Ferndo Meilles’s ‘City of God’, Vijay Raaj’s ‘Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’, Anik Dutta’s ‘Ashchorjyo Pradeep’, Mohsen Makmalbaf’s ‘The Silence’, Stephen Sommers’s ‘The Adventures of Huck Finn’, Rajat Kappor’s ‘Ankhon Dekhi’, Omung Kumar’s ‘Mary Kom’, Wong Kar Wai’s ‘Happy Together’, Amol Gupte’s ‘Hawa Hawaai’, Nurul Alam Atique’s ‘Dubsatar’ and Kaushik Ganguly’s ‘Apur Panchali’.
Ratdeep Deb, a member of Beekshan Cine Commune, said that the objective behind holding of such film festival is to keep alive the tradition of best films which mirror the best and the artistic aspects of life. He added to say that though their effort has always been to show films in as many languages as possible, often it has not been positively responded. Still, despite certain discordant notes, they will continue with their endeavour. People love to see the classics on varied themes. The Beekshan Cine Commune has been trying to exhibit the best of all times every year.