Bengal will never bow his head to others: Mamata Banerjee

KOLKATA: The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, praised the Bengali filmmakers on Friday for her message of unity in diversity for decades and said the state will never bow its head to others.

Bengal has produced several award-winning filmmakers and the largest number of Nobel Prize winners in the country, he said at the opening of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival.

Banerjee's comment was an apparent response to the statement by the Minister of Interior of the Union, Amit Shah, that Bengal is lagging behind in scientific and cultural development.

Bengal is number one in terms of awarding the country's award-winning filmmakers. The state has produced the largest number of Nobel Prize winners in the country. We are the number one in scientific and cultural development in the country, Banerjee said without naming Shah. or the BJP.

Shah, who is also the national president of the BJP, during a visit to West Bengal in October criticized the TMC government for destroying Bengal by saying that the state that was once known for its religious, scientific and cultural development is now known for factories of bomb manufacturing

Banerjee said: We are not jealous of others. Nor do we have a negative attitude towards any competition. We have a positive approach towards everyone.

As long as we live we will fight and never bow our heads to anyone, said the supreme TMC.

He praised the filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who was one of the guests on the show, saying he is very candid and dares to say what he thinks when others are afraid to do so.

'Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne' by Satyajit Ray was the opening film of the festival, as this is the 50th anniversary of its launch and Germany will be the country of focus this year.

In total, 367 films, 214 feature films and 153 short documentary works from 76 countries will be screened during the eight-day festival.