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Starry premiere for Gautam Ghose's Act Zero

Posted on Jan 18, 04:39PM | IBNS

It rained stars on Thursday evening as critically acclaimed filmmaker Gautam Ghose's latest Bengali film Shunya Awnko (Act Zero) starring Konkona and Priyanshu was premiered here at the state-run film screening hub Nandan.

The entire Tollywood industry along with people from the world of politics, business and fashion came under one roof as Gautam Ghose and Rose Valley Films hosted the grand premiere of the film that touched upon the issue of Maoism and rural displacement by urban greed.

From Aparna Sen to Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta and heavyweight politicians like Saugato Roy, you name it, the premiere of Gautam Ghose's film had it.

June Malia, Paoli Dam, Sharbari Datta, Madhu Neotia were seen along with lead actors Konkona Sen Sharma, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Priyanka Bose.

Veterans like Lolita Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Barun Chanda, singers of the film Anupam Roy and Parama Banerji along with the technicians and crew were present at the premiere

The film revolves round some people who in the passage of time became time travellers- one is the face of ultra modern society, and another a thousand miles far away from the so called 'civilised' society and modernism. The central focus of the film is to show the difference of the psyche of both the civilizations.

Gautam Ghose wove the cultural divergence between urbanization and rural civilization where the monopolistic, sophisticated urban culture tried to uproot the ancient roots to bring in social development and change.

The film has been conceived in the backdrop of the Maoist problem in Jangalmahal of West Bengal which tends to be one of the burning issues of the recent days that gave birth to other social problems.

How the joint forces in search of Maoist leaders break the peace of the rural society is an element of the film.

"My attempt was a protest against the conspiracy of turning rural civilization into an urban centric on that wanted to rob off the simplicity from the harmless and innocent rural belt." Ghose said at the premiere.

"Each of the actors have justified their characters here, so credit goes to all of them; and despite that if there is a setback I myself shall take the responsibility of it," the director said.

Some of the stars were moved by the film.

Speaking to IBNS, Rituparna Sengupta said: "As usual it is an honest approach by Gautam da. We forget somehow the urban cultures where we are living in today are nothing but the displacement of rural civilization. He has captured that in his film."

(Reporting by Barshali Banerjee, images by Avishek Mitra)