To mark the International Mother Language Day, Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) has organised a six-day film festival. The festival, titled “Amar Bhasha'r Cholocchitro”, is currently being held at the TSC auditorium of Dhaka University. The festival began on February 22 which was inaugurated by AAMS Arefin Siddiqui, vice-chancellor of Dhaka University.
The festival features 25 Bangla films of prominent Bangladeshi and Indian filmmakers. The festival demonstrates different genres of films like Shahidul Islam Khokon's “Bangla”, Rokeya Prachi's “Baonnor Michhil”, Morshedul Islam's “Agami”, Satyajit Ray's “Ghore Baire”, Ritwik Ghatak's “Bari Theke Paliye”, Mrinal Sen's “Kolkata 71”, Amit Ashraf's “Udhao”, Mostofa Sarwar Farooqi's “Television”, Giasuddin Selim's “Monpura”, Srijit Mukherjee's “Baishe Sraban”, Basu Chaterjee's “Hotath Bristi”, Redoan Rony's “Chorabali”, Sohanur Rahman Sohan's “Keyamat Thekey Keyamat”, Abdul Jabbar Khan's “Mukh O Mukhosh”, Morshedul Islam's “Dipu Number Two” and others. Four films – at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 6:30pm are being shown everyday till Thursday.
The festival also pays tribute to recently-demised film personalities like Anwar Hossain, Suchitra Sen and Rituparna Ghosh through screening of films like “Nabab Siraj-ud-Daula”, “Sare Chuattur” and “Chokher Bali”.
DUFS has been organising film festivals annually since 2002, with the current name and format prevailing since 2007. This is the 13th edition of the festival, with some 307 screenings of more than 250 Bangla films held over the years.