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Aneek Chaudhuri's Jharokh to be screened at 20th Dhaka International Film Festival


The silent film, starring Usha Banerjee, Husne Shabnam, Ipsita Kundu and Sabuj Bardhan, has been selected in the Spiritual Films category.

Roushni Sarkar

After its world premiere at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne last month, Aneek Chaudhuri’s short film Jharokh has been selected for screening at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh.

Featuring Usha Banerjee, Husne Shabnam, Ipsita Kundu and Sabuj Bardhan, the silent film has been selected in the Spiritual Films Category.

Jharokh explores the difference between the need for escapism and the desire for it. On the one hand, it depicts the plight of survivors of the deadly cyclone Aila in the Sunderbans; in another narrative in contrast, three individuals in a desolate house seek escapism from their inner turmoil and think the grass is greener on the outside.

Delighted at the selection of his film for the Dhaka festival, Chaudhuri said, “It is a moment of celebration for the whole team. We are also looking forward to participating in a handful of European film festivals and Indian ones.”

The ‘spiritual films’ section has been introduced to promote public discourse on faith and spirituality in the context of humanity. The festival intends to promote greater cross-cultural understanding and tolerance and facilitate dialogues within communities as well as between communities through the screenings.

“Although I am aware that this film is not something that would relax you from your mundane struggles, instead, this will highlight those struggles more; therefore, we would need to opt for the festivals very carefully,” added the maker of The Last Apple (2021), Katti Nrittam (2020) and White (2018).

The 20th Dhaka International Film Festival is due to be held from 15 through 23 January 2022.

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