FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SILCHAR, June 17: Ummeed, Silchar based NGO, has organized a two-day film festival at Gandhi Bhavan of this town. The film festival, ‘Chaya Chobi’ started on Wednesday at 12 noon, screened some great films based on themes centring round women empowerment. Anupriya Deb, president, Ummeed, speaking to The Sentinel, said, “Earlier, we had a base in New Delhi. Owing to lack of manpower and resources, we had to shift to this place. Ummeed is just one year old organization and we are hoping to leave a mark by organizing various events, discussions and events that will speak for the voiceless.” She also said that Ummeed would be organizing a series of events and it will continue till June 27.
The films that were screened are based on women issues and women-oriented. The festival began with the screening of the much acclaimed film Queen (2014) for which Kanga Raut, the protagonist, won the tiol Award for Best Actress. The film rrates the story of a girl who left alone by her lover just before her wedding day, decides to go on honeymoon on her own. Mai (2014) that marks the debut of singing legend Asha Bhosle was also screened which is based on family that avoids a mother and then accepts her after a series of ups and downs.
The second day of the festival began with a highly notable film, Neerja (2015) which is based on a realistic but unfortute incident. The film chronicles an act of bravery on the part of the protagonist Neerja who saves many lives in an airplane that has been hijacked. Following two short films are based on women power and its implication in the male-domited society. Over the recent years, the trend of watching long and never-ending typical movies has been declining. Catering to this changed taste and preference of the viewers, two short films were also shown. That Day After Everyday (2015), a much-acclaimed take on eve-teasing, featuring Radhika Apte who shot into the limelight with Sujoy Ghosh’s epic thriller, Ahalya (2015). The short film also featured a girl from NE region, Geetanjali Thapa, who has already made a mark by playing wazuddin Siddique’s wife in The Liar’s Dice (2014).
The film festival ended on a high note as a classic from Madhur Bhandarkar’s kitty was picked up for the screening. Chandni Bar (2001) featuring the brilliant Tabu, Atul Kulkarni and Rajpal Yadav, has won four tiol Awards and is among the modern classics. Bhandarkar’s take on the plight of bar dancers across the country not only catapulted him to superstardom, but also made people cry buckets.