Srinagar: First Kashmiri 35 mm digital film Partav was screened today in the Kolkata international film festival and won accolades of the audience. Kolkata international film festival is considered one of the best in the film festivals in the world.
The magnitude of the festival can gauged by the fact that from thousands of entries 189 films were selected, 152 directors were invited to participate from 63 countries and 13 venues were chosen to exhibit the films.
The festival was inaugurated at Netaji Indoor Stadium on 10th November 2013, with captains of the industry like Amitabh Bachan, Shahrukh Khan, Jaya Bachan Mithun Chakerborty, Prosonjit Chitopadhay gracing the occasion. Film Sunglass featuring Naseer ud din Shah, Jaya Bachan, R. Madhvan and directed by departed Rupianro Ghosh marked the beginning of the festival.
An imminent jury consisting of prominent names in film industry selected Partav for screening. It is indeed honour that the film was selected for screening, said the director and the writer of the film Dilnawaz Muntazir who was invited to attend the festival.
Rubbing shoulders with the prominent film makers of the country and the world was a unique experience he says.
In this film festival Centenary tributes to legendry Burt Lacanster, Vivien Liegh and Balraj Sahani were paid by showcasing their work, Elmer Gantry:, Gone with the wind Garam Hawa. Homage was paid to Nagisa Oshima and in retrospective section work of Adoor Gopala Krishna.
The audience was mesmerized to see autumn shots in the film, particularly in Naseem bagh University Complex where a major portion of the film is shot. Partav is a story of Professor who is literate and highly qualified. He is so obsessed with his literary works that he forsakes everything else, even abandons his spouse after just six months of marriage. He is so passionately devoted to his literary pursuit that everything else is meaningless for him. Writing of Papers and books, delivering lectures keeps him preoccupied. He has no friends and family and arrogantly boosts that if one is devoted to a particular cause he should renounce everything else to peruse his obsession. Until one day when he meets a student who happens to be his own son and he shakes his world and rakes his conscience by asking simple questions about life. He is devastated; the myth of his so called empire falls down like house of cards. He feels that all his life he has been following shadows and fallacies; education simplifies the meaning of life. It eases the complication and complexities of life and simplifies its meaning by showing how the life is lived.
The grand premier and the screenings of the film are going to be held in the first week of December in the Convocation Complex of University of Kashmir.
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