Bhubaneswar: While Amartya Bhattacharyya’s Odia film ‘Khyanikaa – The Lost Idea’ is all set for a Mexican premiere at the Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos (FICMA) between November 21 and 24, here’s another good news for Odia film lovers. Khyanikaa gets officially selected in competition at Nepal Cultural International Film Festival which will be held at Kathmandu between 23rd and 26th November. There are just four feature films selected for competition at the festival, of which Khyanikaa is the only Indian film. Of the other three films, two are from Nepal and one from Bangladesh.
On the other hand, Amartya’s latest feature film ‘Runanubandha’ (The HE without HIM) has been selected as one of the three Indian films at the International Competition section of the prestigious 24th Kolkata International Film Festival running from 10th to 17th November.
Both Khyanikaa and Runanubandha have been produced by Swastik Choudhury of Swastik Arthouse, who also plays interesting roles in both the films as an actor. Kisaloy Roy, who has been working with Amartya in almost all his films, scored the music for both the films. Khyanikaa stars Amrita Chowdhury, Susant Misra, Choudhury Bikash Das, Hrushikesh Bhoi and Dipanwit Dasmohapatra in important characters. Anu Choudhury makes a very interesting appearance in Khyanikaa.
With this festival in Nepal, Khyanikaa reaches its 18th international film festival across 10 countries. It was the only Odia film at the Indian Panorama of 48th International Film Festival of India last year. The film earned rave reviews from film critics and at the festival circuit. Khyanikaa is the second Odia full length feature film by Amartya Bhattacharyya, who earlier made the much talked about film ‘Capital I’ which too was successful in the international festival circuit.
Amartya Bhattacharyya (Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor) says : “Though my films have been screened at over 100 international film festivals across the world, this is the first time a film of mine will be screened in Nepal. It’s wonderful when a regional language Indian independent film finds a place at various international platforms, but I’m still waiting to see Odisha wake up to embrace such films with a passionate heart. Films like Khyanikaa shouldn’t remain niche anymore; they should be everyone’s film. I’ll wait for that day.”
Swastik Choudhury (Producer, Actor) says : “Khyanikaa-The Lost Idea is a film that appeals to people from all age groups. The film has done well across the borders and am happy that this time it screens in our neighbouring Himalayan Kingdom for the first time. More than anything else, for me, an Odia film traveling far and wide is in itself a great success story. I only wish to see more artistic cinema coming out of Incredible Odisha”