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Indian student?s film makes it to Cannes festival

Anirban Datta cannot stop smiling these days. And he definitely has the right reasons to do so. A student of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata, his film Tetris will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

education Updated: Apr 29, 2006 12:20 IST

Anirban Datta cannot stop smiling these days. And he definitely has the right reasons to do so. A student of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata, his film Tetris will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

In fact, he has become the first Indian to be selected in the 'Cinéfondation' section of the film festival. “The word 'Tetris' comes from the word tetra that means four. My film has four distinct characters and the story revolves around their journey to make a film,” reveals Datta who is also a script-writer.

“I started out by writing scripts for TV when I was 19. I have even written dialogues for my brother’s documentary film,” he says. “Eventually, I felt that I wanted to direct what I write and hence, began my journey to be a filmmaker,” he says.

An entry in the Cannes festival is not the only jewel in Anirban’s crown. His previous film Ekhane Amar Nocturne was screened at the prestigious Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) 2006.

At SRFTI, Anirban made other films: Laid Back, Magic Hour and Neon Lights. He is currently working on his next film .information that traces the history of cyberspace.