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Ghatshila, Dec 6: Ghatsila, a prominent copper township in Jharkhand, continues to remain a tourist attraction for wanderlusts who prefer to recharge their mind and body in the lap of nature. Ghatshila has never been found wanting in the zones of cultural and literary pursuits. Famous Bengali litterateur in the domain of legends, prolific author, the late Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay was a resident of this cozy small town and his residence today is a compulsory itinerary preference for tourists and other casual visitors. Bibhuti Babu’s literary creations have captured the attention of his narratives because of the simplicity of theme presentations and most of his readers enjoy revisiting his literary work time and again. Legendary filmmaker, Satyajit Ray grabbed international attention for his directorial magic when he directed Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay’s ‘Pather Panchali.’
With time, however, film shooting in the town decreased and with it the awareness for good cinema also diminished considerably. However, Ghatshila’s reputation gathered steam once again when the popular short film festival entitled, ‘VISION’ was launched in Ghatshila in 2013. VISION has since then reawakened Ghatshila’s creativity pulse as this annual short film festival has become. In fact, compulsive film lovers look forward to the annual short film sojourn. The young local lad, Debraj Mukherjee took the bold initiative by launching, VISION, in association with Kolkata’s Take5 Communications in 2013 and since then, this short film festival has become an annual and exciting fare for the denizens. COO of Take5 Communications, ace film director Tathagata Bhattacherjee has ensured the support to VISION. Presented under the twin banners of ‘Creative Art Division’ and ‘Take 5 Communications,’ VISION is stepping into the ninth year of excitement in Ghatshila.
In its ninth year now, the film festival has been able to stand the test of time slowly and steadily becoming a significant annual event of the town. VISION has screened films by both professional and budding film makers from all over the country. Special screenings for school students have been a regular feature of the festival and post show interactions have proved to be a big hit among the students belonging to leading schools of Ghatsila.
VISION 2021, like last year’s edition, will be in virtual mode owing to the Pandemic environment on December 11 with a repeat show on December 12. This year’s closet include SWEEKAR (by Sayandip Sikder), MUDRAA (by Abhishek Ganguli), PARVARISH (by Meet Vasudevan), ECO FRIENDLY (by Mini Pandey), YAARA (by Yogendra Sahu), LOST & FOUND (by Sumanta Ghosh) and LOOK UP TO LOCKDOWN (by Debajyoti Batabyal). The films range between 3 and 12 minutes in duration. The films are cause driven and address serious issues.
Both, Tathagata and Debraj feel that the film festival has successfully been able to create interest towards short films among the people of Ghatsila and in the process raised the bar of cultural richness of the town. If the love for short films remains for film buffs of the town, VISION will continue to flourish with all honesty and sincerity in the years to come.