PADMA JAMUNA CINE UTSAV: INDO-BANGLA Film Festival, New Delhi. Sept 2nd to Sept 4th.

The Bengal Association, New Delhi was established by the former Chief Minister of West Bengal, Bharat Ratna DR. Bidhan Chandra Roy. The luminaries from  the Bengali societies like Dr. Triguna Sen, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Majumder, Humayun Kabir, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and now President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was the President of the prestigious organisation, in the past. 

 The 59 year old Bengal Association of New Delhi, which have been promoting Bengali Culture and Literature in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) for six decades, has organised a first of its kind Bengali film festival- Padma Jamuna Cine Utsav, at Muktadhara Auditorium at Banga Sanskriti Bhavan, Bhai Veer Singh Marg from 2-4 September, 2016. The face of current Bengali Cinema Prasenjit Chatterjee is the Festival Chairman as well as the chief guest of the opening Ceremony of the Festival.fa0psi

 The film festival will be screening award winning Bengali films from Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh will be represented by two films, O Amar Desher Mati and Nacholer Rani directed by Ananta Heera and Sayeed Wahiduzzaman Diamond respectively. Other feature films to be shown are Shankhachil and Moner Manush by Gautam Ghosh,  both the films are Indo-Bangla co production, Shabda by Kaushik Ganguly and Natoker Moto by Debesh Chatterjee. The festival will be screening 5 short films of young and upcoming Directors also. 


Delhi based actor, filmmaker Amitabh Gupta will present his short film Mussalam Iman, which is portraying the strong inter-faith connection in this country. Where a Muslim man is taking care of an old ancient Hindu temple. Award winning filmmaker Ishani Dutta’s film Faith Revisited, Ribhu Ghosh’s Parama,Arin Paul’s documentary Jyanto Durga, will be the attraction of the short film section.


The focal point of the Festival will be the opportunity for the audiences to discuss films and ask question to the eminent directors like Goutam Ghosh, Kaushik Ganguly, Debesh Chatterjee, Sayeed Wahiduzzaman Diamond andParambrata Chatterjee. Prasenjit Chatterjee will also be available for discussion on 2nd September, 2016 evening after screening of his film Shankhachil  


“It is a dream come true. We were planning a Bengali film festival, for a long time, where we can show the Bengali feature, non-feature, fiction, non-fiction everything from both side of Bengal. Last year when we discussed the possibility to hold a Bengali film festival in the capital of the country with noted actor Prasenjit Chatterjee, he was quick to response and came with all his support for the noble cause. And so was Goutam Ghose. Without the support of these two persona, it was not possible to organise the Padma Jamuna Cine Utsav’, said Santanu Ganguly, the Festival Curator.


Tapan Sengupta, General Secretary of Bengal Association said that, “The 3-day long festival will see a considerable number of discerning cine-lovers at the venue that also offers exquisite food, sari and handicrafts from Bengal.”