Shunno Anko, Meherjaan and Udhao Bangla Movies at Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF)

Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF)

Washington, DC, May 8, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Three Bengali films have been selected to be screened at 2nd Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) 2013: Shunno Anko (Act Zero) directed by Gautam Ghose, Udhao (Runaway) directed by Amit Ashraf and Meherjaan directed by Rubaiyat Hossain. After a very successful  debut DCSAFF last year, Cesar Production’s Manoj and Geeta Singh are hosting the Second Annual DCSAFF from May 10-12, 2013, at the Intercontinental Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3 Research Court, Rockville, MD 20850. The film festival will start on May 10, 2013 with a red carpet, reception, and opening ceremony and film attended by acclaimed film artists from India.

This year the theme of the DCSAFF is “Experience different cultures through films” - films will be screened from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  All films will have English subtitles. The Festival will have feature films, short films, documentaries, workshops and panel discussions. These independent art films might never be released commercially and this will be the only opportunity to see them. Some of the highlights this year include Opening Night Gala and Red Carpet, Tribute to Jagjit Singh with Farooq Shaikh and Pooja Shah who is a disciple of Jagjit Singh, Meet and Greet with Stars, Awards and Closing Night Celebration.

Tickets, Schedule and Directions to DCSAFF: Various kinds of tickets, including 3 Day All Inclusive VIP pass ( does not include workshops ), Opening Night Special, All Movie Pass, Single Movie Pass, Documentary Pass, Ghazal Night with Farooq Sheikh & Pooja, Closing Night Special, All Events + Hotel Stay for Two (2 Nights incl. Breakfast) Package, Cinematography Workshop, Casting Workshop and more, are available via the Official DCSAFF Website (www.dcsaff.com). You can also call 301-502-0850 or email sikhabd1@gmail.com for tickets or more information.

Shunno Anko

Shunno Anko Bangla Movie Poster Wallpaper

Country/Year: India / 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Bengali
Running Time: 2 Hrs 8 Minutes
Director: Gautam Ghose

Cast
Priyanshu Chatterjee
Konkana Sensharma
Priyanka Bose
Lolita Chatterjee
Arijit Dutta
Dhritiman Chatterjee
Barun Chanda

Director's Note

India has always been a wonder to me.  Here commingle tradition and modernity, here co-exist affluence and poverty, here distant centuries send out whispers of immortality while the morrow beckons. I always thought youth of today must be awakened to this wonder that is India. And also to wanton violence in its different hues and shades, in the name of class-war, in the name of cast-identity, in the name of religion, in the name of propagating so-called growth.. And finally to the wealth of the Mother Earth. Every body’s need can indeed be met but not anybody’s greed. “Shunyo Awnko’ is not a film on nothingness, rather a fulfilling and relentless journey.

Meherjaan

Meherjaan Bangla Movie Poster Wallpaper

Country/Year: Bangladesh/2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Urdu
Running Time: 119 Minutes
Director: Rubaiyat Hossain

Cast
Jaya Bachchan    
Victor Banerjee    
Humayun Faridik    
 
Synopsis

A film about loving the other. This film critiques certain pitfalls of nationalism that create conditions to justify war, killing and violence. 'Meherjaan' attempts to offer an aesthetic solution to war and violence.

Udhao

UDHAO Bangla Movie Poster Wallpaper

Country/Year: Bangladesh/2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Bangla
Running Time: 137 Minutes
Director: Amit Ashraf

Cast
Monir Ahmed    
Shahed Ali
Nawshaba    
Ahmed

Synopsis

There are men who run from their homes searching for something better. Perhaps a better wife. Perhaps a better life. But despite their desperate search they are never content. There is one man who is hired to find these runaways. He locks them up and brings them back home. Some call him a hero. Some consider him a pest. His name is Babu and he is constantly on the prowl for his big catch. Not just another job. One day Babu spots a poster and there he is: Vote Akbar! He hatches a plan to bring him home. His big catch. The film recounts that eventful journey.