27th Kolkata International Film Festival Called Off Due To Rise In Covid Cases: Deets Inside!!!
The 27th Kolkata International Film Festival was planned to be held from 7th to 14th January. Now, this film festival has got cancelled due to rise in covid cases. This news has come just after the organizers announced to host the festival with covid protocols and 50% occupancy. The organizers had also told that the event will feature 200 shows of 180 films. It was also decided to screen the films in 10 different theatres across the State capital.
This edition of the film festival was set to be inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a small function. The venue of the function was the headquarters of the state secretariat.
KIFF (Kolkata International Film Festival) was initiated in 1995 and 27th edition of the Film Festival was “proposed for the cine lovers, critics, actors and others so that they continue to feel the pulse of the gala international film festival in the cultural capital of India even in this pandemic situation.”
Tollywood director Arindam Sil said during a press conference, “This year’s film festival will also celebrate the birth centenary celebration of ace director Satyajit Ray. The opening film will be popular Bengali film Aryaner Din Ratri. Total 10 movies directed by Ray will be screened.”
According to the State Health Department, West Bengal recorded 9,073 covid cases and an increase of 49.27 in a single day. Political leaders including film director-turned-Trinamool Congress Raj Chakraborty, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo and poet Srijato have turned positive. Furthermore, around 200 doctors at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital have got infected.
Moreover, Union Health Ministry has named West Bengal as one of the “States Of Concern” due to rise in covid cases.