Kolkata: In a hat-trick, director Kaushik Ganguly's film 'Chotoder Chobi' (A Short Story) has been selected for the international competition section of the 45th International Film Festival of India starting today.
This is the third consecutive film of the director which will be screened in the international competitive section, the earlier two being 'Arekti Premer Golpo' and 'Apur Panchali'.
"I am honoured by the selection of 'Chotoder Chobi' which is one of the two films making it to the international competition section of the IFFI," Kaushik told PTI here.
Overall, IFFI, to be held from November 20 to 30 in Goa, will screen Kaushik's fifth consecutive film in the Indian Panorama section.
Kaushik said, "'Arekti Premer Golpo' and 'Apur Panchali' had got Silver Peacocks. Now I am keeping my fingers crossed." About 'Chotoder Chobi', he said that it dwelt on the dilemma of those afflicted with genetic defects. "Consider the mental state of circus clowns, for instance. But my film is based on a modern day dwarf couple," Kaushik said.
Kaushik, whose 'Khaad' will be released nationally in Baroda, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Bangalore, was happy at the way the film had been received by the local audience and critics.
In another good news for Bengali films, director Srijit Mukherjee's 'Nirbaak', starring Sushmita Sen as the lead female protagonist, has made it to the IFFI Film Bazar.