Mumbai: A total of 700 documentary and feature films are proposed to be shown in the South Asia Film Festival due to start in Mumbai from 17 January 2004. Four out of the 43 films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal are based on riots and will also be shown in the film festival. In the beginning, the film ‘Tale of the Darkest Night’ directed by Kausar Chaudhary and based on Pakistani army’s attack on Dhaka university in 1971 in the Bangladesh war will be shown.
In addition to the films on Gujarat riots [which have not so far been shown in Mumbai], the most impressive one is the political film ‘The Fire…..’ directed by Shri Prakash of Ranchi, which will also be shown. On the last day ‘Aakrosh’ based on communal riots of Gujarat will be shown. Another film ‘Upto Godhra—The Terror Trail’ directed by Shubhra Deep Chakrabarty depicts the Godhra train burning incident and the ensuing riots of Gujarat in 2002 and investigation process. Some of the important films in Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bangla, Nepali, Sinhalese etc., will be shown in this festival.
(Rashtriya Sahara [Urdu], December 1, 2003)