November 17, 2015
Film fest takes off at city’s popular parks
Remember the days when people watched films projected on jute screens at huge tents set up overnight on fields in suburban neighbourhoods? If such memories evoke a degree of nostalgia in you, it is time to relive yesterday at your neighbourhood park!
Thanks to the organisers of the 21st Kolkata International film Festival (KIFF-2015), it is time for ‘ Paraey, Paraey Hollywood’ — an innovative project that will screen select Hollywood classics at your ‘para’s park’. There could not be a better a way to spend the evenings with your family in these early winter days. And the best part of the story is — entry is free.
It started on Sunday with the screenings of Sound of Music at Harish Park in south Kolkata and Ben Hur at Tala Park. The three films scheduled for Monday were ET at Deshbandhu Park, The Guns of Navarone at Golf Green and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at Deshapriya Park. The films will be screened in 15 parks altogether.
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O Brien said, “We are excited about the initiative and hope people will enjoy it.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee wrote on her Facebook page:
“Kolkata International Film Festival is for everybody. It takes the joy of cinema to every neighbourhood, every home. Since Hollywood is the focus this year, we have this Initiative “পাড়ায় পাড়ায় হলিউড”.
Great Hollywood movies are being screened in neighbourhood parks. I thought of sharing this with all of you.”