Panaji: Bengali film 'Chhotoder Chhobi' star Dulal Sarkar was the cynosure of all eyes at the ongoing International Film festival of India (IFFI) as he shot to fame overnight after the screening of the film here.
Dulal played the protagonist in director Kaushik?Ganguly's film that dealt with the lives and sentiments of tiny people working as jokers in circus.
Ganguly said Sarkar was surprised to get such a warm welcome at the 11-day film extravaganza.
"Everybody must have watched the film at Inox (venue of film screening) and when he (Sarkar) came, they were coming to take his pictures. He was so surprised. It was his first Goa visit and he was amazed to see people recognising him," Ganguly, told PTI on the sidelines of IFFI.
The director, known to churn out character-driven films, said he made the film because he wanted to change the mindset of people towards tiny people who work as jokers.
"It was a different journey for me. I cannot compare this experience with any other of my films. I wanted such a response after making the film. Take them seriously and give them a normal life," he added.
'Chhotoder Chhobi' is one of the top contenders for the highest award at the ongoing IFFI here.
After making highly acclaimed films like 'Laptop', 'Apur Panchali', 'Shabdo' among others, the Bengali director chose this subject for his next outing because he has been closely associated with the community through his movies.
"I have an uncanny knack of choosing such subjects. I know them from long time. They are from different parts of West Bengal.. They are socially challenged because people abuse them," he said.