The Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced a national-level film award after the name of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, ahead of the crucial and much-awaited West Bengal assembly elections.
According to a source, who was present at the event, Javadekar made this announcement at a programme organised by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in Kolkata.
As per reports, no media was allowed at the programme. The Union minister only interacted with leading actors and directors of West Bengal where the Assembly election is due in April-May. No detail is available on the ‘Satyajit Ray Award’ yet.
Senior actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Roopa Ganguly, who was present at the function, said that it is great that an award is being instituted after Ray. “It has been under planning stage for quite some time,” she told a news channel.
Director Arindam Sil said that discussions were held with the Union minister on how to develop the Bengali film industry. Actors Paoli Dam, Abir Chattopadhyay, Ritupana Sengupta, director Gautam Ghosh, classical singer Rashid Khan, singer-turned-Union minister Babul Supriyo were among those present at the event.