Some of the films chosen by selection team include Guthlee Ladoo by debutante director Ishrat R Khan on caste discrimination. Guthlee, is the son of a poor manual scavenger who has a dream - to go to school. But his major obstacle is his caste. A headmaster is sympathetic to him but powerless against caste discrimination. When they develop an unspoken bond, Guthlee's dream sees hope. This is the first ever Bundeli film to reach out to any international film festival.
The other films include Nishiddho, directed by Tara Ramanujan, Kashmiri film Be Ches Ne Veth (I'm Not The River Jhelum) directed by Prabha Chandra, Adieu Godard directed by Amartya Bhattacharyya, Raakh directed by Rajesh Chavan, MindGame directed by Rajesh Touchriver, Prapti (Receipt) directed by Anuraag Pati, Dhulo Bali Katha (The Museum Of Relationships) directed by Biplab Bandyopadhyay, Taya (By Her) directed by G Prabha and Noi directed by Reema Borah will be the Indian language films to feature in the competition section this year.
The Kolkata Film Festival which was started in the year 1995 was the culmination of a film society movement that drew its inspiration from the masters of Bengali Cinema - Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen and others. With the TMC coming to power in 2011, the budget of the festival was increased and it now offers one of the highest cash awards for filmmakers. While the Best Film takes home a cash prize of Rs. 51 lakh shared equally between the Director and Producer, the director is also given the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger and a certificate in addition to the cash component. Producer gets a certificate in addition to the cash component. The Best Director cash prize is equivalent to Rs. 21 lakh plus the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger and a certificate in addition to the cash component. Of late, the festival has also started drawing stars from Bollywood including Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan along with well-known names from Bengali cinema who have also been regulars.
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