BAG takes Bengali film to intl. festivals


MUMBAI: BAG Films and Media Ltd will be showcasing its first Bengali film Ami Yasin Arr Amar Madhubala (The Voyeur) in Toronto, London and Athens Film Festivals during September and October.

This is the fifth film by Buddhadeb Dasgupta to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in the ‘The Masters of World Cinema’ section.

Scripted and directed by Dasgupta, Ami Yasin Arr Amar Madhubala, stars Prosenjit Chatterjee, Sameera Reddy and Amitav Bhattacharya. Mostly shot in urban India, the film tries to explore how simple acts of life can change one’s destiny in a politically charged up atmosphere.

Speaking about the film BAG Films and Media Ltd managing director Anurradha Prasad said, “It is a great pleasure and honour for me and BAG to be a part of the TIFF, Athens and 51st London Film Festival. I always believed and was convinced about the subject of the film. We, as a company, and the team have given our best. I am sure the audience in the international and national arena will like and appreciate the film.”

Highlighting some aspects of the film, Dasgupta added, “Our world has become obsessed with security and ordinary human values such as love and kindness have been mechanized and are reinterpreted as dangers by the masters of our advanced technology. But do the web-cams and CCTV that are constant witness to out lives make us any less vulnerable to terrorists than we are to ourselves? Are police and security forces really our protectors? These are the central issues of the seemingly light hearted film.”  

Ami Yasin Arr Amar Madhubala is Samera Reddy’s second film with Dasgupta. The previous one being Kaalpurush, which recently won the National Award for the best film.