7th Patna Filmotsav kicks off on a high note in Patna

From beef ban debate to award wapsi, several serious issues took centrestage at the first day of 7th Patna Filmotsav on Friday at Kalidas Rangalaya in Patna.

The festival that features several classics and documentaries like Shatranj Ke Khiladi, The Factory, The Great Dictator will continue till Sunday. On the first day, Mithila painting artist Abha Kumari and Pushpa Kumari showcased their artwork. Also, films – Court by Chaitanya Tamhane and Lakshmanpur by Om Prakash – were screened.

One of the most celebrated movies of Bollywood, Shatranj Ke Khiladi by Satyajeet Ray that will be screened on Saturday features the historical drama of the Indian Kingdom Awadh and its Muslim Nawab Wajid Ali Shah who is overthrown by the British.

Theatre lovers can also enjoy Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood leaves its stains) by Iffat Fatima, The King by Sajal Anand, Caste on Menu Card by students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

A satirical-political comedy drama – The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin will tickle your funny bones on Sunday. The Factory, a documentary by Rahul Roy, which shows the brawl that took place between workers and employers of Maruti Suzuki’s factory in 2012 will also be shown on the concluding day. Musical pieces prepared by Janwadi singers like Shabha Ji and groups like musical band Mazma, Kabir Kala Manch will also be the highlight of the festival.

The 7th edition of the film festival is dedicated to some of the eminent personalities who passed away this year, including, Prof M M Kalburgi, poet Viren Dangwal, Actor Said Jaffery, journalist KM Krishna.

Krishna Kumar
The state of Bihar has given a lot to the history of humanity but in recent past we had given child labour, women harresment, theft, murder and corruption. I am here to raise the voice.!