131 films to be shown at 26th Kolkata Film Festival


131 films will be screened at the 26th International Film Festival to be held in Kolkata from January 8 to 15. Minister Arup Biswas has said that the screening of Satyajit Ray's film Apur Sansar will be done during the opening ceremony of the festival (KIFF).

State Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Biswas said in a press conference on Saturday that the seven-day festival would begin with a tribute to two veterans - Satyajit Ray and Soumitra Chatterjee. Significantly, Ray has a birth centenary this year. Chatterjee died in November last year due to post-corona problems.

Biswas, who has been actively involved in organizing the festival during the last few years, said that a total of 131 films will be screened in various theaters in the city. These include Nandan and Ravindra Sadan.

He explained that these films would include features, short films, and documentaries. Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture, an important part of the annual festival, will be given by film director Anubhav Sinha. This year's theme is 'Social Responsibility in Mainstream Indian Cinema'.