Liberated on the Silver Screen

While the Indian Independence struggle, which culminated into the formation of the states of India, West and East Pakistan, was marred by the unspeakable acts of violence committed on porous borders, the liberation of East Pakistan and subsequent formation of Bangladesh was no different. Right from the pogrom against the people of the country by the armed forces of the then West Pakistan to the extreme living conditions, they have seen it all for nine-months. Bringing the same tragedy that preceded their independence to the silver screen, the 'Bangla Liberation War on Celluloid'—a film-festival— will be held Pune from October 12 to 14. Being organised by the Pune International Centre, (PIC), in association with the Bangladesh High Commission, the festival will be held at the premises of the National Film Archives of India (NFAI) and will have veteran film maker Sai Paranjpe inaugurate it.

Prashant Girbane, Director, PIC says that it was decided to bring the festival to Pune after the phenomenal response they received to the Buddhist International Film Festival that was held a couple of months back. "Also, Pune has a huge Bengali community as well as a sizeable student population from Bangladesh. We want to highlight their struggle and the basic human right violations that occurred there. Also India played a very big role in the formation of Bangladesh so there is a huge political and historical context to the entire episode." he added.

A total of six films will be shown over three days. They include 'The Clay Bird' by Tareque Masud, 'Amar Bondhu Rasheed', based on a story by Muhammed Zafar, Iqbal Tauquir Ahmed's 'Joyjatra', based on Amjad Hossain's novel Obelay Osomoy, 'A Few Shattered Tales and Guerilla', which was a box-office hit in Bangladesh. Girbane mentions that the festival has travelled to Delhi, Kolkata, Agartala prior to coming to Pune. The movies showcase the plight of the people, the resistance offered by the freedom fighters, the role played by women in the freedom struggle and also the complexity of the cultural aspects of the country. The inauguration session at the event would also see Mahbub Saleh, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh.

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