Film fest starts in New Town

Actor Sabyasachi Chakraborty inaugurated the New Town chapter of the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) at Nazrul Tirtha on Sunday. Nazrul Tirtha is the only venue where the festival’s films are being screened in New Town. 

By A Staff Reporter
  • Published 20.11.15
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Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Debashis Sen inaugurate the Nazrul Tirtha chapter of the Kolkata International Film Festival on Sunday (Shubham Paul)

Actor Sabyasachi Chakraborty inaugurated the New Town chapter of the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) at Nazrul Tirtha on Sunday. Nazrul Tirtha is the only venue where the festival’s films are being screened in New Town. 

“Please come and watch these films as they encourage us to keep making films and encourage the organisers of such festivals to keep hosting them,” said Chakraborty, adding that he wasn’t sure how many movies he himself would be able to make time for amidst his busy schedule. 

This is the second year that Nazrul Tirtha has been a venue for the festival. “Last year we were screening two films a day and this time there would be three films a day,” said Debashis Sen, chairman cum managing director of Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) that is in charge of Nazrul Tirtha. “We have also installed dolby digital sound system in the auditorium this time for enhanced viewing experience.”

Before the inauguration, kathak dancer Anurekha Ghosh, a resident of Salt Lake’s CB Block, performed (picture above).

Nazrul Tirtha, on the Major Arterial Road, was inaugurated last year to facilitate research on poet Kazi Nazrul Islam but from August this year it has also started screening films on a regular basis. “Ever since the movie hall opened here I’ve watched several good films,” said Kumkum Chattopadhyay, a resident of the nearby East Enclave Co-operative Housing Society who had come for the inauguration. “As for the festival, it was not possible to travel to far-off destinations to watch the films before. This venue is convenient and I hope to watch the Asian films on offer, especially the Bengali film 9 no. Peara Bagan Lane on Saturday."

The festival will continue till November 21 and the timings at Nazrul Tirtha are 1pm, 3.30pm and 6pm. Tickets are priced at Rs 80 and 60. 

In Salt Lake, KIFF films are being screened at Carnival Cinema in IB Block (11am, 3pm) and Inox City Centre (3pm, 5.30pm). Tickets cost Rs 80 at both venues. EZCC had been hosting KIFF for several years but has been discontinued this year.