Rituparno's film to be screened at Durban film festival


Kolkata, July 27 (IANS) Bengali film-maker Rituparno Ghosh's new celluloid venture, "Shob Charitro Kalponik" (All Characters Imaginary), has been selected for the 30th Durban Film Festival 2009, in South Africa. It will be the first ever premier for a Bengali film in the African continent.

The film - produced by Indian conglomerate Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG)'s flagship media arm Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd (RBEL) - will be screened in the Panorama Section of the festival, alongside films by directors such as Woody Allen, the Dardenne Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Michael Winterbottom and many other foreign film-makers.

"Our efforts to broaden international horizons for Bengali films are beginning to be successful. Rituparno's work has also been widely acclaimed globally," BIG Pictures chief operating officer (COO) Mahesh Ramanathan said here Monday.

He said the BIG Pictures, RBEL's motion pictures brand, had secured selection for 10 of its world cinema titles in over 12 prestigious international festivals in the last six months.

Written and directed by Ghosh himself, "Shob Charitro Kalponik" is a story of death and loss with many emotional and romantic moments staring Bipasha Basu, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupa, Pauli Dam and Sohag Sen.

The Bengali film is scheduled to be screened July 30 in the festival.

"Shob Charitro Kalponik" is the story of Radhika's (Bipasha Basu) journey into the life of her late poet husband Indraneel (Prosenjit Chatterjee) and the revelations and contradictions she learns about Indraneel as a poet and husband.