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Malayalam film likely next year: Dasgupta

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Making a Malayalam film is one of his dream projects, Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta has said.

Talking to the media at a press conference organised by the Kesari Memorial Journalists' Trust here on Saturday, Dasgupta said if everything went as planned, he hoped to work on his Malayalam film next year.

He said he was in touch with Aryadan Shoukath, who had evinced interest in producing the film.

Deep ties

He said he had a very deep and emotional relationship with Kerala, as the State's culture had close affinity to Bengali culture. “Through my Malayalam film project, I will be paying tribute to this great land and its culture,” he added.

Dasgupta, who is here to attend the 15 {+t} {+h} Trivandrum International Film Festival organised by Chalachitra Society, said he had a close friendship with the late film-maker Aravindan and Adoor Gopalakrishnan. “Aravindan was like no other, he was a very deep person. He has many followers in Bengal. His film Thambu is one of my favourites and I have used the songs from Thampu in my latest movie, Janala, being screened at the TIFF,” he said.

Dasgupta said he was extremely happy that he could include some Malayalam conversations also in the film.

Dutch package

The Netherlands would be glad to offer subsidies for filmmakers from Kerala, if the films were shot in the Netherlands, Special Programme Officer at the Embassy of Netherlands, New Delhi, Ila Singh said.

Talking to the media here on Saturday, she said the people of Holland had a passion for films and that Indian films were regularly screened there. The Netherlands could facilitate filmmaking there.

Ms. Singh had come to the city with a package of nine Dutch films for screening at the TIFF. The focus of the festival this time around is Dutch cinema.

“Films are a good medium for propagating culture. The Dutch feel at home in Kerala because for a long time now, the Dutch have had good business/trade connections with the State. We are glad to be presenting our films to the Kerala audience,” Ms. Singh added.

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