Moner Manush director Gautam Ghosh: Golden Peacock is big honour for West Bengal in particular

Dec 26, 2010, Kolkata/Tollywood (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): The officials of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) announced recently that they will be constructing an entertainment task force that will aim at improving the entertainment sector in East India.

Prosenjit Chatterjee in Moner Manush (Interview)
Prosenjit Chatterjee in Moner Manush (Interview)

“We are creating an entertainment task force to create an environment conducive for improving the entertainment sector in the East,” Saugat Mukherjee, Regional Director, CII (ER) said, at a felicitation event for the Golden Peacock award winning film ‘Moner Manush’, here on Tuesday.

“We are forming a task force and need to have all the corporate leaders and the galaxy of stars from the entertainment industry in the task force,” he added.

Sanjay Budhia, Past Chairman, CII (ER) & Chairman, CII National Trade Committee said: “In the new year we will form the task force, the idea has been introduced, commerce and creativity need to come together and CII will do it, we will act as a bridge.”

Director of the film ‘Moner Manush’, Gautam Ghosh and actor Prasenjit Chatterjee, who played the role of Lalon Faqir in the movie, appreciated the move.

“Industry has to grow, Tamil and Telegu films has grown. We need to expand the marketing side by cooperating with CII and others,” Gautam Ghosh, who was felicitated by CII on Tuesday afternoon, said at the event.

“CII and other business industries should take the step to release the film all over the world,a trade policy to release our films should be made,” he added.

“Till 1954, films were released simultaneously in both nations (Bangladesh and India) and then again this one (Moner Manush), I wish this should make more producers to do it,” he added.

Speaking about the Golden Peacock award the director called it a “big honour for West Bengal in particular”.

“The response given by the people in Bengal and Bangladesh to the movie at the box office has been phenomenal,” he mentioned.

Actor Prasenjit Chatterjee, who has played the character of Lalon Faqir in the movie siad: “When ‘Moner Manush’ was released in Kolkata for the first time, many believed this was for a particular sector. But in one week the box office collection was so high that hall owners were made to bring back the film again to the halls.”

Ghose’s ”Moner Manush’, the story of 19th century mystic poet Lalon Faqir and his liberal sect, walked off with the Golden Peacock at the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji.

Writer Sunil Gangopadhyay, on whose novel of the same name the film is based, was also felicitated at the event.

Filmmaker Sandip Ray, actor Ranjit Mullick and singer Usha Uthup were also present at the felicitation event.

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