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Bengali filmmaker Goutam Ghose’s Raahgir—The Wayfarers wins big at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival

Ghose is now waiting it out for a theatrical release of Raahgir—The Wayfarers before hitting the OTT platforms, citing that the film is made for the big screen.

Hia Datta
Sep 03, 2021
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Acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Goutam Ghose’s Raahgir—The Wayfarers is on a winning spree at the international film festival circuit. The critically acclaimed film had premiered at the Kolkata International Film Festival in 2019 and hit the bull’s eye at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival this year. The festival was held on August 28 and 29.

Raahgir—The Wayfarers which features a brilliant cast with Adil Hussain, Tilotama Shome, and Neeraj Kabi in lead roles, won as many as four awards at the festival in major categories. The official Facebook page of the film made the announcement. As per the producers, Raahgir clinched Best Feature Film, Best Director for Ghose, Best Female Actor for the actor Tilottama Shome and Best Male Actor for Adil Hussain.

The talented actor who won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics) this year for her performance in Sir, took to Twitter to post the news on August 30 and thank the team.

In June, Raahgir picked two awards at the revered UK Asian Film Festival 2021 with Ghose grabbing the Best Director Award while Shome picked the Best Female Actor award.

Raahgir, based on a short story by Prafulla Roy, centers on three strangers - Tilotama as Nathuni, Adil as Lakhua, and Neeraj as Chopatlal - who chance upon each other while on a journey and connect over their dreams and daily struggles to make it through the day. The film is set in rural India, and depicts their perception of reality as markedly different from urban reality, and how humanity thrives in the rural heartlands among people who live in forests. They barely manage their daily subsistence, but are endowed with humane qualities of empathy.

The multi-talented Ghose was earlier honoured with the Banga Bibhushan for lifetime achievement in 2012 by the West Bengal government for his seminal contribution to Bengali cinema. Ghose told TOI that he now awaits the theatrical release of Raahgir. Saying that the film is made for the big screen, he reasoned that he wants the film to hit the theatres before OTT. “The good news is we got a world distributor for the film,” he said, adding that Raahgir is now gearing up for theatres.

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