Press Release of HBFF-2019

Hyderabad, July 10: Bengalis in Hyderabad (HBFF), a not for profit cultural organization registered under AP Society Act, is all set to present the 6th edition of the Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival from the 18th to 21st of July. The festival is going to be inaugurated on July 19, 2019, by the legendary film maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta and superstar Nagarjuna Akkineni, at Prasad Labs Preview Theatre, Banjara Hills, in Hyderabad followed by the premier of Urojahaj directed by Shri Dasgupta. The Bengalis In Hyderabad society is also going to felicitate Faridur Reza Sagar, noted writer, and film producer from Bangladesh, along with Shri Dasgupta & Shri Nagarjuna during the inaugural ceremony of the festival, on July 19, 2019, for their achievements & contributions to the world of art, culture & cinema.

This year the Bengali Panorama segment is going to feature 13 Bengali films, out of which 2 films are going to have a World Premier (Manab Manabi directed by Subrata Sen & Shironam directed by Indranil Ghosh), and 1 film is going to see an India Premier (Tokhon Kuasha Chhilo directed by Saibal Mitra). Apart from this, 9 films are going to be premiered in Hyderabad. Bollywood famed editor Dilip Deo is going to world premier his directorial debut, Unwanted, in this edition of HBFF.

This year we are celebrating the century of Bengali Cinema with the screening of classics by Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha, Goutam Ghosh, Rituparno Ghosh. In this segment titled, “Revisit 100: Silent, Golden, Contemporary era of Bengali Cinema,” is purely intends to revisit the journey of Bengali films through different era, started way back in 1919, with the works of Hiralal Sen. This segment will also inculcate with a panel discussion on the same topic to be presided by the noted film scholar Siladitya Sen.

Like every year, the festival will be graced by eminent dignitaries from the world of cinema who will interact with the audience and preside as the jury for critic’s choice awards. The audience opinion will be count for the viewer’s choice awards segment. Also on display will be a number of short films and documentaries from all over the world in the segment “Seed.”

A grand lifestyle exhibition, “Indus Tale” comprising of stalls across multiple verticals, like – art, handicraft, fashion, food, real estate, technology etc. This exhibition will be inaugurated by ace actress Swastika Mukherjee, at 11 AM, on July 19, 2019, at Prasad Labs, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills. Open stage “Esprimiti” has been arranged for the audience to engage with the crowd. Fever FM is going to audition at the venue.

The festival will close with the screening of Shraboner Dhara directed by the director duo Sudeshna Roy & Abhijit Guha, on July 21, at Prasad Labs Preview Theatre, followed by the Closing & Award Ceremony to be held at Annapurna Studio.

“The 6th edition of HBFF is going to be quite exciting and happening with the inclusion of 3 World Premieres, 1 India Premier, and 9 Hyderabad Premiers. We tried to include as many unreleased film as possible, because it is no more a challenge to watch new Bengali releases in Hyderabad, as it was during the inception years of HBFF in 2013-14. Now almost all major Bengali films get released in Hyderabad commercially, in prime times. So as a festival, our responsibility is to bring good, content driven Bengali films and offer the audience to watch unreleased films. A major team of delegation is coming from Bangladesh to present a film “Iti Tomar Dhaka.” At HBFF it’s our aim to present a platform for culture exchange. Therefore every year we invite other language films. This year our Guest Languages are Telugu, Kashmiri & Urdu, and Hindi. We have received short 7 documentary films across the globe, with a huge number flown in from Iran, USA, Greece, China, Bangladesh, Switzerland, Kurdish language films among other parts of the world. One Academy Award winning short film has been submitted and part of the competition. There are about 50 film personalities coming to the city to attend the event. We are bringing Indus Tale, a massive carnival of art, culture, cuisine, fashion, lifestyle, real estate, technology startups etc. at Prasad Labs campus. This exhibition will have plenty of food stalls from different tastes starting from biryani to Kolkata sweets. In a nutshell, HBFF 2019 is going to be your destination for watching films, meeting the stars, enjoying lots of lip smacking food and strengthening your wardrobe before the festive season starts in September with Dussera-Diwali,” says Partha Pratim Mallik, the Director of Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival.

Attributes of HBFF2019:

  1. 100 years of Bengali Cinema: Silent, Golden, Modern – celebrating the 100 years of Bengali cinema with the screening of classics by Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha, Goutam Ghosh, Rituparno Ghosh: This segment is purely intends to revisit the journey of Bengali films through different era
  2. Bengali Panorama: contemporary Bengali films – Competitive segment with 12 new films and 75% of them are unreleased and having a premier in Hyderabad
  3. Other Indian Languages: (Kashmiri, Urdu, Telugu , Hindi)
  4. Short & Documentary: Competitive and Non-competitive
  5. Indus Tale: Exhibition of art, culture, cuisine, fashion, lifestyle, handicrafts, technology etc. with participants from different parts of India: July 19-21, at Prasad Labs, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Kolkata biryani, Kolkata sweets, Bengali cuisine, Chinese,
  6. Esprimiti: open stage for performers in the city, upcoming talented artists
  7. Awards – Jury & Viewers’ Choice

Important Dates:

HBFF 2019 Schedule