BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly’s new Bengali film Lokkhi Chhele has entered the International Competition Section at the 29th Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF29), which will be held virtually from October 8-18. In fact, it is the only Indian film in the international competition section at the film fest.
This is the first time, the National Award-winning filmmaker is directing his son Ujaan Ganguly in Lokkhi Chhele, which is backed by Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy’s Windows Production house.
Ujaan took to Twitter to share the news. “Lokkhi Chhele, is the only Indian film in the International Competition Section at the Academy Awards® (Oscars) qualified Heartland International Film Festival, 2020! @heartlandfilm Cheers to the team! Footprints @WindowsNs @KGunedited @nanditawindows @shibumukherjee,” he tweeted.
Lokkhi Chhele, is the only Indian film in the International Competition Section at the Academy Awards® (Oscars) qualified Heartland International Film Festival, 2020! @heartlandfilm
— Ujaan Ganguly (@youganguly) September 19, 2020
Meanwhile, the Nagarkirtan director recently appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reopen the cinema theatres at a time when people are flying in enclosed aircrafts for hours. Sharing photographs of Paran Bandopadhyay and Arun Guhathakurta (who recently passed away due to COVID-19) from his 2016 film Cinemawala, which highlighted the vanishing of single screens in Bengal, Ganguly wrote, “Respected @narendramodi ji, I am Kaushik Ganguly, a filmmaker from Bengal & I write to you with a pressing request. Our diverse film fraternity has been entertaining audiences for decades, but due to the pandemic, people associated with theatres are in serious distress.”
@narendramodi ji, at a time when things are being restored to normalcy, I request you to reopen the theatres. People are flying in enclosed aircrafts for hours, so please reinstate the silver screened 140 minutes to those who were born to entertain and keep cinema alive. Regards. pic.twitter.com/N5TIR28DtP
— Kaushik Ganguly (@KGunedited) September 19, 2020