Bengali film invited to Sanfrancisco film fest
The festival, having 3000 entries from the US, Brazil, China, Canada, France, Iran, South Korea, Spain, UK besides India screens films by invitation only and Kalkijug is one of the two Bengali films having cruised to the 'official selection' round.
"It's a matter of pride for me and other members of the cast. Let's hope it will bring laurels. I liked the script of the young director, the twists and nuances, and instantly nodded to her request," said Bratya, whose Natoker Mato on Bengali group theatre movement in the 60s-70s and an actress's life, is also awaiting release.
"Another incentive is to work with Debshankar with whom I had shared stage space for years," he said.
Bratya, who dwells on autonomy of thinking, said what he means is giving free space to the director on the producer's part which is very significant for a creative work to flourish."
"I myself had often faced this problem in my productions. You are a visionary with certain thoughts but you run out of funds. But again there are people who will have trust in you and that is called giving autonomy to the thinker," he said.
Locket, who describes Bratya and Debshankar as amazing co-actors, sounds enthused to be part of a film by a young director having fresh ideas with whom she will travel to Silicon Valley (San Francisco) in mid-August.
Directed by Debarati Gupta, of Hoi Choi fame, Kalkijug is produced by Macneil group having churned out a number of middle of the road films including Sajarur Kanta, Sesh Anka and now Kalkijug among others.