DELHI: Six films based around the war for Bangladesh
with Pakistan rule are to be screened in a special festival
being held here to mark 40 years of liberation.
Bangladesh War of Liberation in Celluloid
Festival will be inaugurated tomorrow by Bangladesh
High Commissioner Tariq A Karim and Information and
Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma. The opening
film is Matir Moina by Tareque Massud which
won the Critics Award in Cannes in 2002.
Islam, who has directed the films Khelaghar
(Dolls House) and Amar Bondhu Rashed (My
Friend Rashed) which are being screened, will be here
along with Joya Ahsan, actress of the award-winning
film Guerrilla by Nasiruddin Yousuff which
will close the three-day Festival on 25 March.
other films are: Joyjatra by Tauquir Ahmed,
and Khondo Golpo 1971 )1971
A few Shattered Tales).
a press meet here, Deputy Bangladesh High Commissioner
Mahbub Hassen Saleh said a review committee had selected
the six films which were also shown earlier in Kolkata
and Agartala. He said those cities had been chosen
because of their proximity to Bangladesh and mentioned
that Tripura which had a population of 1.2 million
in 1971 had received fleeing Bangladeshi population
of 1.6 million, which is something that has never
happened anywhere else. India had given refuge to
ten million refugees.
a question, he said attempts would be made to take
the films to other parts of India.He
recalled that the last Bangladesh film festival held
in April 2010 had played to full houses.Answering
another question, he said several Indians who had
contributed to the liberation effort were being honoured
in Dhaka on 27 March.
Festivals director Rajiv Kumar Jain said the festival
was being as part of the Cultural Exchange Programme
aimed at increasing people to people contacts.