US shot Bengali film to create awareness about India’s disabled

April 9th, 2009 - 11:44 am ICT by IANS  

By Arun Kumar
Washington, April 9 (IANS) “Piyalir Password,” the first Bengali film shot entirely in the United States, is all set to be screened in seven US cities to create awareness about the plight of individuals with developmental disabilities in India.

The film which premiered at the Kreeger Auditorium in Maryland, on the outskirts of the capital, last week will be screened in New Jersey on April 11 and in Detroit, San Francisco, Houston, Boston and Chicago thereafter.

“Through this wonderful film we were trying to create awareness among the Bengali community living here in the US,” said the organisers, Centre for Social Change, a non-profit organization serving individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

The Centre for Social Change has been serving individuals with Developmental Disabilities for the last 15 years with its India projects started in 2002 with established centres in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

The 105-minute film scripted by Raj Basu and Soumitra Neogi is a fast-paced suspense thriller set in Maryland, USA where a young woman comes from India to complete the legal formalities of her scientist sister’s accidental death.

However, as she tries to wrap things up, to her horror she discovers that perhaps her sister’s death was not accidental. Caught in a web of conspiracy in a foreign land she struggles to get behind the truth, determined to unravel the mystery behind her sister’s untimely death.

The film about corporate conspiracy and medical ethics in the US biotechnology industry has an international cast of actors from India, USA, South Africa, Russia and other nations.

Directed by Raj Basu, the film has Vivek Banerjee’ cinematography and music by Bikram Ghosh. Indian actors include Rituparna Sengupta, Rupa Ganguly and Kaushik Sen with a cameo role by Sabysachi.

Thanking the audience at the premiere, Rituparna Sengupta said: “Your appreciation of a film made in Bengali in the US will pave way for future filmmakers here to produce more films.”

“This is the first time in the history of Bengali cinema that actors from different countries such as Russia, South Africa and Philippines have acted together, giving the film a truly international flavour,” she said.

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