Meet the Press- 8 December 2018
First Meet the Press session of the 23rd IFFK was held at the premises of Tagore theatre.
Bengal Cinema is losing its audience in the Indian Film Industry, said acclaimed filmmaker Konarak Mukherjee. The director of ‘Abraham’, was speaking at the Meet the Press session at the IFFK. Bobby Sarma Baruah the director of ‘The Apparition’, actor Mani, filmmaker Balu Kiriyath, and Unnikrishnan Aavala, director of ‘Udalazham’, participated in the event.
“Bengal Cinema, which has a rich history of contribution in many art films in the Indian film industry, is losing its fair share in the commercial sector. Commercial films are always a passive threat for the underdeveloped and independent movies.” Mukherjee added. Konarak Mukherjee in his film, reveals the dark and gruesome world of religion through the Biblical character Abraham. He commented that the government takes a bias towards the promotion of commercial films.
“Film Festivals like IFFK provide platforms for art films which try to communicate with the public”, opined Unnikrishnan Aavala. ‘Udalazham’ strolls around the life of a transgender belonging to a tribal community.
Bobby Sarma Baruah’s ‘The Apparition’ is made in ‘Sherdukpan’ language which is spoken by about 4200 people in Arunachal Pradesh. He had released his previous two films in his native land of Assam, and promised to try to release the next in Arunachal Pradesh.