Kaushik Ganguly's film
Arekti Premer Golpo
has won the special jury award (Silver Peacock) jointly with Kiwi film
at the just-concluded 41st International Film Festival of India. Excerpts from a chat with director Rituparno Ghosh, who plays the protagonist: In
Arekti Premor Golpo
, you play a gay film-maker. How do you feel?
It's an extremely touching moment for me. The directorate of the film festival termed Arekti a bold and courageous film. I think it was courageous of the authorities to include it as part of Indian Panorama. It speaks of a very progressive outlook.
Goutam Ghose's Bengali film
has also won the Golden Peacock. It's great news, though
was a safer bet (for a prize) as it deals with secularism. Alternative sexuality was always deemed outside of Indian culture. That
gained an entry, is a reason enough for celebration.
Don't you regret not having won the Best Actor award? Honestly, no. The reason is that after the screening, a jury member called to congratulate me and said I was the only contender for the Best Acting (male) award.