Kolkata: Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, one of the highest grossing Bengali films ever (inflation adjusted), has been selected as the inaugural film of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) which gets underway in the city on 10 November. KIFF, founded in 1995, is the second oldest and among the most prestigious events of its kind in India.
Directed by auteur Satyajit Ray, the film released in 1969, and has since attained cult status among the audience. Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne has often been acknowledged as a technical masterpiece, considering the rudimentary infrastructure of the Bengali film industry, at the time when it was made.
Festival sources informed RBN that the film was chosen to open the eight-day event considering, among others, its golden jubilee year.
The fantasy-musical was adapted from a 20-page short story written by Ray’s grandfather Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury.