Kolkata: Sunday’s Nandan arena remains jam-packed.
The third day of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) again is experiencing the long line of film buffs as usual. After dispelling all doubts, Kolkata stays in Kolkata.
Kolkata is intoxicated with the game of making up for the shortcomings of the last year in a week. At a time when other festival committees could not think of a physical festival, Kolkata won it with the 26th KIFF.
At least after the first three consecutive days, there is no room for loss. There are no new films, shooting was on cease, throughout the lockdown halls were closed. Then, the rule of 50 per cent occupancy. Needless to say, this crowd will inspire hope in the minds of the filmmakers, producers, distributors and hall owners.
Earlier on Friday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lifted the 50 per cent occupancy limitations and permitted that spectators will be able to sit in 100 per cent of the seats. The way the response has been till now, it can be said that these seven days will tie the future string of post-Covid Bengali film industry. The most familiar and satisfactory ‘phrase’ of Film Festival is again roaming throughout the festival arena, ‘Housefull’. Like 26th KIFF is now syncing with Manna Dey’s immortal “Ninduke jaa bolchhe boluk, taate tomar ki aar amaar ki!”
It is heard that Covid vaccination will start on Jan 16. But before that, the very conventional KIFF crowd is roaring and slapped in the face of Covid contamination fear. As there will be no need for online booking from tomorrow, it is no doubt that the crowd will increase beyond the expectations.
At the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival, there is supposed to be one caller tune, “Hum jahan khade ho jaate hain, line wahi se shuru hoti hain” is, to say the least. Will the other festival committees follow the path KIFF already have shown, we will keep tracking.