Guests at Aayna 2018

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Aayna 2018 was honored to saw a plethora of guests gracing the event. Legendary actress Jaya Prada, eminent actor Chiranjeet, superstar Dev, acclaimed film maker and illustrious actor Mr. Arindam Sil , Biswajit Chakrabarty, a very well-known face in Bengali television and cinema and a theatre veteran, actor Indraneil Sengupta, actor Arjun Chakraborty, actress Rukmini, actress Koel Dhar, director Ranjan Ghosh, director Atanu Bose and renowed Bangladeshi actress Apu Biswas were present among many others.

Films Featured

Biplob Aaj o Kaal

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National Premiere

Direction: Atanu Bose

Cast: Indraneil Sengupta, Ritupaarna Sengupta, Koel Dhara

  

Synopsis: Atanu Bose's Biplab Aaj o Kaal will  premiere at TBFF Aayna2018. This film has been inspired by a person from real life played by Indranil Sengupta. The film retraces the protagonist's life from a brilliant student who inspired many through his poems but has been conspired against as an urban revolutionary and taken to be dead.

A multilayered film, it revolves around the student politics of 1980s (set in the 1990s in the film) that crumbled the dreams of several bright students to showcasing how far one goes to sell his soul to the devil in order to climb the corporate ladder of success. Rituparna Sengupta, Kaushik Sen, Indranil Sengupta, Koel Dhar, Biswajit Chakraborty, Sohag Sen, Chandan Sen are lead actors in this film

Unicorn

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National Premiere

Direction: Tathagata Mukherjee

Cast: Chiranjeet Chakraborty, Debleena Dutta

  

Synopsis: Unable to cope with the harsh reality of the world she lives in, Apala seeks solace in vivid and frequent flights of fantasy. As she slowly detaches herself from all that is real, Apala starts treading the thin line between imagination and delusion.

Byomkesh Gowtro

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Direction: Arindam Sil

Cast: Abir Chatterjee, Sohini Sarkar, Rahul Banerjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Anjan Dutta, Priyanka Sarkar, Sauraseni Maitra

  

Synopsis: Convinced that his life is in jeopardy, Satyakam, the son of a business magnate hailing from Mussoorie, approaches Byomkesh with a plea for help. The legendary detective soon heads to Mussoorie, where he finds out that the youngsters worst fears have come true. Can Byomkesh unravel the mystery shrouding Satyakam's murder before it is too late?

Kabir

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Direction: Aniket Chattopadhyay

Cast:Dev, Rukmini Maitra, Priynka Sarkar, Shataf Figar

  

Synopsis: Kabir follows a train journey from Mumbai to Kolkata, where Yasmeen meets Abir. They both start chatting and find out about each other, until Abir slowly begins to show his dark personality. He reveals that he is a part of the Indian Mujahedeen. Abir is on the hunt of Imtiaz and holds Yasmeen hostage. Both their background stories are revealed and are filled with suspense with the goal of serial blasts

Rong Beronger Kori

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Direction: Ranjan Ghosh

Cast: Rituparna Sengupta, Ritwick Chakraborty, Kharaj Mukherjee, Soham Chakraborty, Anurima Ghosh

  

Synopsis: An anthology film that weaves together four tales through a common thread - money. Through these distinct stories peopled by a host of interesting characters, Rong Beronger Kori examines how money is more than just a medium of exchange, potent enough to influence and even define various facets of our everyday lives.

Aatwaja

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Direction: Atanu Bose

Cast: Jaya Prada, Kaushik Sen

Koel Dhar, Saheb Bhattacharya

  

Synopsis: Atanu Bose’s Aatwaja, revolves around the complex relationship between a mother and her daughter. The mother, played by Jaya Prada, portrays the character of a legendary actress Tanaj.

Kaaler Putul

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Direction: Reza Ghalib

Cast: Ferdous Ahmed, Shahed Ali, Raisul Islam Asad 

  

Synopsis: The plot of is full of suspense about ten apparent strangers who arrive at a remote resort and are received by a caretaker. The host was supposed to meet them instead a strange message is sent accusing each of them as murderers. Some of the guests recognize the plot to resemble a famous mystery novel. Considering the whole event a prank, they want to leave. But the only way out of the resort is shut, leaving them stranded.

Dressing Table

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Direction: Abu Sayeed

Cast: K S Firoz, Mohammad Bari, Tarin Rahman, A K Azad

  

Synopsis: Shila and Rahul have been married recently. One day Rahul brings home an old dressing table. Next day while cleaning the dressing table Shila finds an old diary. One night she gives in to her curiosity; after finding the first 2/3 pages interesting, she ends up reading the whole diary by the end of the night. After finishing the diary, Shila walks towards the dressing table. She looks at the mirror and discovers herself. 

Khancha

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Direction: Akram Khan

Cast: Jaya Ahsan, Azad Abul Kalam, Mamunur Rashid

  

Synopsis: Khancha was selected as the Bangladeshi entry for the best foreign language Film at the Academy Awards in 2017. The story revolves around a Brahmin family who decide to move to India after partition. The main protagonist is Jaya Ahsan

Ogyatonama

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Direction: Tauquir Ahmed

Cast: Fazlur Rahman Babu, Shahiduzzaman Selim, Mosharraf Karim, Nipun Akter

  

Synopsis: The story revolves around the disappearance of Kifayet Uddin's son and then the subsequent revelation of a different body being sent in the coffin after the news of the death of another expatriate worker. This movie was selected as the Bangladeshi entry for the best foreign language Film at the Academy Awards in 2016 and also won the best film award in the 2016 Bangladesh national film awards.

Aruvi

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Direction: Arun Prabu Purushothaman

Cast: Aditi Balan, Anjali Varadhan,

Lakshmi Gopalaswamy

Language: Tamil

  

Synopsis: Aruvi' (meaning 'stream' in Tamil) is a 2017 Indian Tamil socio-political drama film written and directed by Arun Prabu Purushothaman. The film portrays the events that occur in the life of Aruvi, the protagonist, a rebellious young woman who seeks to expose the consumerist and misogynistic nature of modern civilisation, while attempting to find meaning during a period of existential crisis.


'Aruvi', produced by Dream Warrior Pictures, was released globally on 15 December 2017. It received widespread critical acclaim, with praise directed towards the performances of the cast and the film's direction. It was a blockbuster by grossing 35 times its budget. The film stars Hyderabadi theatre revivalist Mohammad Ali Baig, debutante Aditi Balan, model Lakshmi Gopalaswamy and others. It premiered at Shanghai International Film Festival, won the Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at MAMI Festival, was screened in Norway, and was nominated for Best Film at Filmfare Awards 2018. It released in 120 screens in Tamil Nadu and was declared as the blockbuster of the year in the Tamil film industry, getting rave reviews for its brilliant performances by the protagonist Aditi Balan.