National Award winning filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta has received the best feature film award at the 54th Asia Pacific Film Festival held in Taipei for his latest Bengali movie Janala– which released in West Bengal on 25th February.
“I had got the information earlier that my film had received the award. But I couldn’t attend the award ceremony as I was occupied with some work. So they sent the award to the directorate of film festivals under the information and broadcasting ministry. On Friday, I got the award,” Dasgupta said.
‘Janala’, produced by Reliance Pictures will release in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune in its second phase. It has already premiered in the Masters of World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival. It has also been screened at the London Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, the Dubai Film Festival and many such platforms.
‘Janala’ is the journey of a solitary man against the wrath of circumstances when he decides to pursue his little impulsive dream. An accidental visit to his school in Jhumurpur village prompts Bimal to reconstruct the broken window of his favourite corner classroom, and decides to take the help of the local moneylender. But when the moneylender fails to pay him the promised sum, Bimal discreetly uses the money that his fiancée Meera had been saving for their soon-to-be-born child. When he reaches his school with the window, the authorities reject it. Now begins a journey, as the precious window has no takers.