Kolkata, June 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creation) Ullash - the long awaited cinematic adaptation of Mahasweta Devi’s stories - has finally released in theaters in Calcutta. The Bengali movie was screened on the 29th of June 2012 at a star-studded premiere screening at Nandan.
The evening was marked by the presence of the noted writer Mahasweta Devi herself. The chief guest, Honorable Minister Mr. Abdul Razzak Molla, was present at the hall too. The director of the movie Ishwar Chakraborty and the producer Mr. Sankar Sarkar were also present at the premiere.
Some of the lead actors of the movie were also present, including newcomers Sadhana Hazra (left) and Amit Das (below right), along with other actors like Shanta Sarkar and Sandhya Sarkar and crew members.
The program started at around 6.15 pm. Shanta Sarkar greeted the entire cast and crew of the movie along with journalists and others present there. The producer Sankar Sarkar started off with a small speech. He thanked all those associated with the movie, and expressed his hope for the success of the movie. He also expressed optimism that the movie will have a positive impression on society.
Honorable Minister Abdul Razzak Molla also shared his thoughts on the movie. He hailed the necessity of such movies to remind the role of farmers in society.
After that, it was the director of the movie, Ishwar Chakraborty, who shared the perspective of his film. The movie had been a great experience for him and his entire team, and he recalled the shooting days when they suffered a scorching sun during the making of Ullas. He added that the movie had been shot in different locations of India. As such, viewers in any part of India can relate themselves to the context of the movie.
Writer Mahasweta Devi then revealed her thoughts on the film and thanked the entire team for their effort. Regarding the theme of the movie, she said it is a story with a valuable moral message. The movie is in sharp contrast to what we have seen in the contemporary commercial or cross-over Bengali films.
Debutant actress Sadhana Hazra was seen very excited to make her fist ever onscreen appearance. Another newcomer Amit Das was equally thrilled as well. The audience were eager to witness a different aspect of life which has been left behind by the Bengali film industry for a long time.