Bengal Minister-directed film is first included for IFFI, then dropped


Vocabulary was originally among the 5 Bengali films selected for the Indian panorama at the festival.

The Bengali feature film, whose director is currently the Minister of Education of West Bengal, has been dropped from – after being included – on a list prepared to be shown on the Indian panorama during the Goa International Film Festival.

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The 52nd International India Film Festival (IFFI) starts November 20 and, according to the official list released November 5, up to five feature films and two non-fiction films in Bengali have been selected for the competition. Indian panorama.

Feature films included Dictionarywhich was released earlier this year during the Saraswati puja and was even filled to capacity before the second wave of COVID-19 began to sweep the country. The film’s director, The Brothers Basu, subsequently became West Bengal’s minister of education after Trinamool’s Congress won elections to the State Assembly in May this year.

Dictionary led by two very popular Bengali actors – Nusrat Jahan (also Trinamool Congressman) and Abir Chatterjee – and his inclusion in the Indian panorama was celebrated by the local media and the Bengali cinematic fraternity rejoiced. However, the new list published by the Ministry of Information and Television and Radio Broadcasting on November 6 did not include Dictionary

The reason for his exclusion is not yet clear. In that regard, even including it seemed like a last-minute decision and an afterthought, given that it featured at the bottom of the list, no. 25, even though other selected Bengali films were grouped alphabetically by language at the top of the list.

When asked to comment from the producer DictionaryFirdausul Hasan, who is also the vice president of the Indian Film Federation, said he would be returning. Director Jayashri Bhattacharya, a member of the Indian Panorama Feature Jury, said she would return as soon as she found out what the problem was. It was not possible to contact representatives of the Directorate of Film Festivals for comment.

Bengali feature films currently featured on the Indian Panorama list include: Kalkoho, Nitanta Sahaj Saral, Abhidjan and Manikbabur Meg


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