Avijatrik, the Bengali film which takes forward the story of Apu from Satyajit Ray’s critically acclaimed Apu Trilogy (1955-1959), premiered on Tuesday at the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).
The film is based on the true incident of a stampede at at the tallest (88ft long) Durga Pandal in Kolkata in 2015, which injured 11 persons and forced the police to close the pandal in the middle of the festivities. The film, starring Jeet, Abir Chatterjee and Nusrat Jahan, revolves around eccentric genius artist Kigan Mandi (Jeet), who designs and constructs the tallest ever Durga idol with the help and encouragement of his college friend Aditi (Nusrat), much to the chagrin of her estranged, industrialist husband Bodhi (Abir).
Once in Chandannagar, a former French colony in West Bengal, he finds his house being illegally occupied by a stubborn family- Sukumar (Sumanta Mukherjee) and his three children, who claim to have been living there for more than 25 years. Frustrated by this roadblock, he decides to start staying in the dilapidated, ‘haunted’ house on the advice of his bumbling lawyer Kana Ukil (Kanchan Mullick) and encounters a mysterious, globe-trotting, wine guzzling, music teacher called Solaris (Anjan Dutt)- seemingly another illegal occupant in the house.
Chhichhore, Asuran, Avijatrik, Gatham are among some of the films that will be showcased in the 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that will be held in Goa from January 16 to 24, 2021.
The 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) has been rescheduled to January 2021, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday.
For Bengalis, the four-day festival of Durga Puja is the most keenly awaited time of the year. Besides the festivities, pandal hopping and catching up with friends and families; it is also the time when movie goers wait for the special lineup of Pujo releases. In keeping with the tradition of Pujo releases, every year, producers and directors release their best works during this time to attract the most number of viewers.
Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti, directed by debutant director Aritra Mukherjee and produced by Windows Production, is slated for a re-release on October 21.