Retrospective of Shakti Samanta films

Directorate of Film Festival of India

The Minister of Information & Broadcasting Smt. Ambika Soni will inaugurate the retrospective of Shakti Samanta Films on 10th July 2009 at 1830 hrs at Siri Fort Auditorium II, New Delhi. Director and son of late Sh. Samanta, Sh. Ashim Samanata will be the Keynote Speaker. Shakti Samant’s award winning film Amar Prem (Hindi Colour, 1972, 153 minutes) would be screened at the inaugural function. Sh.Samanta, the noted film director/producer passed away on April 9, 2009.

Shakti Samanta directed first feature film in 1954 and started his own production company, Shakti Films, in 1957. In all, Samanta has directed 43 feature films: including 37 Hindi, and 6 Bengali films. His best known films are: Howrah Bridge, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali, An Evening in Paris, Aradhana, Kati Patang, Amar Prem, Anuraag, Amanush, Barsaat Ki Ek Raat and Mehbooba. Seven of his films won the Filmfare Awards. Shakti Samanta is credited for starting the trend of making double version films in Hindi and Bengali with Amanush in 1974. Shakti Samanta also made the first co-produced film between India and Bangladesh in 1984.

Five of Shakti Samanta’s best know films Howrah Bridge, Kati Patang, Amanush, Kashmir Ki Kali and Anurag will be screened on Saturday and Sunday 11-12th July 2009.

- PIB Press Release

Venue- Sri Fort Auditorium-2
Time- 6:30 pm, Friday 10th of July

pic- Sharmila Tagore in an Evening in Paris.


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