Bu­san vet­eran Ghosh re­turns with ‘Mi Amor’ and ‘The In­dia Project’

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In­dian film maker Su­man Ghosh is no stranger to the Bu­san Film Fes­ti­val. His “No­bel Thief,” “Un­cle Shya­mal Turns off the Lights” and “Peace Haven” re­ceived world pre­mieres in 2011, 2012 and 2015 re­spec­tively. He is back for the 2016 edi­tion with the de­but screen­ing of “Mi Amor,” which screens as part of the ‘A Win­dow on Asian Cin­ema’ strand. “I love the way it is or­ga­nized and the se­lec­tion of films. Of course there is the best of world cin­ema, but given my fond­ness for Asian cin­ema - Korea, Iran, Philip­pines, China and of course Ja­pan- where else can we see such a range of Asian films? Hav­ing been to Bu­san a few times be­fore I have a per­sonal con­nec­tion with the fes­ti­val too,” says Ghosh.

The film maker de­scribes the US-set “Mi Amor” as “an ex­am­i­na­tion of iden­tity in re­la­tion­ships in the modern techno world.” It stars Param­brata Chat­ter­jee and Raima Sen, who are hugely pop­u­lar in In­dia’s Ben­gali-lan­guage film in­dus­try.

The film is a co-pro­duc­tion be­tween Bongflix, Ghoshal Me­dia and Kolkata 24*7 from the US, and Mac­neill Me­dia from In­dia, with the Univer­sity of Mi­ami also a part­ner in the project.

Ghosh is also at the fes­ti­val’s Asian Project Mar­ket with “The In­dia Project,” a work­ing ti­tle for a so­cial satire about an in­di­gent farmer’s predica­ments af­ter he re­ceives an Aad­haar Card, In­dia’s equiv­a­lent of a so­cial se­cu­rity num­ber. The project will be­gin its life at the mar­ket with Ghosh aim­ing to at­tach a prin­ci­pal pro­ducer and se­cure fi­nanc­ing. Be­sides mak­ing films, Ghosh who holds a Ph.D in Eco­nomics from Cor­nell Univer­sity, is an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Florida At­lantic Univer­sity with his main fields of re­search be­ing per­son­nel eco­nomics and devel­op­ment eco­nomics. “I don’t con­sciously bal­ance the two worlds. They have be­come a part of my ex­is­tence and I en­joy this ap­par­ent du­al­ity. It gives a wider per­spec­tive,” says Ghosh. — Reuters

Di­rec­tor Su­man Ghosh of Bangladesh walks on the red car­pet of the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 21st Bu­san In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (BIFF) in Bu­san. — AFP

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