The special screening of the epic film RAJKAHINI was well attended by the celebrities, opinion makers, and important reviewers from the media fraternity. Mahesh Bhat & Mukesh Bhatt were the first to arrive, playing host to one of their favourite director Srijit Mukherji, who incidentally will also helm the Hindi version LAKIR, produced by their production company.
Mahesh Bhatt was almost on a missionary zeal in promoting the film, which he considers a classic epic story based on the backdrop of the partition of Bengal in India & Pakistan. Mahesh Bhatt also spoke very highly of Rituparna Sengupta, who reprised the role of Begum Jaan, and considered it as one of the bravest performance in Indian cinema, along with Smita Patil & Shabana Azmi. Rituparna looked resplendent in a well designed outfit, as she absorbed the encomiums that deservedly came her way!
Mahesh Bhatt spoke on how he was amazed that the team could pull off such an epic miracle of a film in a very tight budget and shared a very ‘Emotional Frequency’ with the National Award winning director Srijit Mukherji!
Celebrities who were seen appreciating the film were Mukesh Bhatt, Nagesh Kukunoor, Elahe Hiptoola, Sonali Kulkarni, Gurmeet Choudhary, Minister of State for Urban development, Babul Supriyo, NFDC Vikramjit Roy, Actress Sarbani Mukherji, Anjum Rizvi , Director Manish Gupta, Shweta Basu Prasad etc.
Meenakshi Shedde, International consultant for Festival Films, was present specifically to support the film, along with some international delegates.
RAJKAHINI delves into the grim history of the partition of Bengal, weaved by the Radcliffe border that slices through a brothel!
The audience present for the exclusive screening gave a standing ovation to the film, and moreover were moved by Goosebumps, by the new version of the Jana Gana Mana titled ‘Bharato Bhagya Bidhata’, the original composition of Rabindranath Tagore.