Kolkata: The four-day Mother Teresa
International Film Festival began today, but uncertainty
clouded it after the West Bengal government cancelled the
booking for the auditorium where it is being screened for the
second half on the third day.
Director of the festival, Sunil Lucas, said that he
received a handwritten letter from Nilanjan Chatterjee, the
director of the state-run cultural complex, Nandan, stating
that booking for the Nandan-I auditorium had been cancelled
for the second half on Saturday in the interest of running
Stating that no specific reason was cited for the
cancellation of the auditorium, Lucas told PTI, "the state
government appears to be insensitive to Mother Teresa`s birth
centenary celebration and it is sad that inmates of Mother`s
Premdan and Sishu Bhavan`s children will be deprived of seeing
films on the Mother scheduled in the second half on Saturday."
Lucas said, "I`m in a fix on what to do now when the
programmes have been finalised. It`s a great problem that we
will have to return the auditorium on the second half of
Saturday. Does it augur well for the state government?"
Nandan`s Director, however, said that three days had been
sanctioned for holding the film festival and its authorities
had been informed about the screening of commercial shows in
the second half on Saturday.
The four-day festival was to have had 50 screenings of 15
films from the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Japan and
Among the films were two features: `In the Name of God`s
Poor` starring Charlie Chaplin`s daughter Geraldine as Mother
Teresa and `Madre Teresa` in which celebrated actor Olivia
Hussey plays the nun.
Though the notification of the screening of the films on
all four days was initially put up at Nandan, it was later