Saturday, November 10, 2007

Nandigram: Aparna Sen to boycott film fest

Express News Service

KOLKATA, NOVEMBER 8: Nandigram has played spoilsport for the forthcoming Kolkata Film Festival with filmmaker Aparna Sen deciding to boycott the event in protest against the renewed violence. Sen who was supposed to inaugurate the Film Market, a high-profile corporate event associated with the Kolkata Film Festival, called up Film Festival director Nilanjan Chatterjee to inform him that she will not be available for the event.

<a target='_blank' HREF=" </noscript></div></div><p> that I have decided to stay away. I could not bring myself to be associated with it after the renewed spate of violence in Nandigram," Sen told The Indian Express. Earlier, Sen had openly protested against the March 14 police firing in Nandigram in public rallies organised by the city's intellectual community. </p><p> Sen has also resigned from her position as an executive committee member of the Kolkata Film Festival. Asked if she had formally intimated the state government authorities about her decision, she said, "I have told them about my decision over the phone." </p> The Film Market, scheduled to be held from November 11 to 17, will be organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Nandan. The market is expected to provide a platform for leading film distributors to showcase their creation and promote regional cinema to national and international markets. The inaugural function will also be graced by director Shyam Benegal and actor Soumitra Chatterjee.

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