Expressing joy over the selection of his film Shankhachil in the Montreal Film Festival, director Goutam Ghose said that people over the world will like it as it has a universal subject.
Shankhachil, the best Bengali feature film of the 63rd National awards, made its entry to the world competitive section of the 40th Montreal World Film Festival. The festival will be held between August 25 and September 5 this year.
The film – starring National Award-winning actor Prosenjit Chatterjee and directed by the internationally-acclaimed Ghose – essays the pain and anguish of the people who live on the India-Bangladesh border. Confirming the news, Ghose said, “Shankhachil has a universal subject and hence no doubt it will be liked by people all over the world.”
Prosenjit was elated when he received the news as he landed in Hong Kong from the US, after attending an award ceremony there. “The flight of our bird Shankhachil has started really well with all your blessings and we are hopeful that it will fly higher”, the veteran actor said.
Other co-producers of the movie, both from India and Bangladesh, are also excited about the film’s entry for such a coveted award. It is the first Indian movie that has entered in competitive section of the Montreal Film Festival.
The screening of the film at the festival is scheduled for August 26 and 27.
Both Chatterjee and Ghose are trying their best to attend the program, along with their Bangladeshi producers and the stars from Bangladesh.
The actress from Bangladesh, Shajbajti, who played Chatterjee’s daughter in the film, was elated as her first film got selected for such a big festival.
Prosenjit was recently felicitated at the Festival of Globe (FOG) in the US, for his contribution to the Bengali film industry.
This is the first time that Bengal film industry was being represented there.
He spoke about the importance of social media in today’s life and how it has helped in the promotion of films. FOG also arranged a Bengali film festival there.