2019 marks the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Thus, the government of India is planning to make it a bigger event for film enthusiasts. A lot of new sections got added in the screening ist, to give a wide range of cinematic experiences to the film buffs. Meanwhile, IFFI also celebrates the old classic Indian films every year, under the section, Restored Indian Classics.
This time, there are two films that are gearing up for the screening. They are Kalpana and Titash Ekti Nadir Naam (A River Called Titas). Directed by noted dancer Uday Shankar, Kalpana is a 1948 Hindi film that got made in the backdrop of dancing. In fact, it is one of the early films which had made with dancing as a backdrop.
Kalpana showcases the story of a married couple and talented classical dancers, who try to set up their own dancing institute. They face a lot of obstacles in the process but eventually achieve their goal.
A River Called Titas is a 1973 Bengali drama, directed by master filmmaker Rithwik Ghatak. The film depicts the story of a fisherman who resides on the banks of river Titas. He saves a girl from getting sacrificed after her husband's death and marries her. Eventually, it gets revealed that he married her only to sell her to the pirates. This tragic drama had considered one of the best works of Ghatak. Many cinephiles are eagerly waiting to catch these two films at the festival.