She attended the 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival.
Swastika Mukherjee went to Bangladesh as a guest to attend the 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival. In a recent interview, she said that Bangladeshi people love her more than Indian people.
During her tour, Swastika met Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her residence on Wednesday. Sharmila Tagore, Mamata Shankar, and director Sohini Ghosh were also present there. Swastika went to the main office of Gan Bangla Television. She was cordially welcomed by the chairperson Farjana Munni and chatted with the artists there. She said, “I waited when I would come to the Gan Adda here. I am grateful and amazed.” Swastika and other artists also tasted the hilsa cooked by Farjana Munni, prawn, and other Bangladeshi food.
Swastika's film Bijoyar Pore was screened on January 24 at 7 pm in the festival. Before that, Swastika attended the seminar: Women in Cinema last Sunday that took place in Dhaka Club’s Samson Lounge. Swastika said, “I was startled to see Afran Nisho’s photo in an ad while coming from the airport. I watched his film Surongo twice. I watched his web series also.” Regarding her character in the film, Swastika said, “I acted in characters who can take their decisions in life. Those characters are not conventional. There was once a time when, if my film went to the censor board, they would send it straightaway to the revision bench without even watching it.”
She also said, “Artists have a special responsibility. They need to decide what kind of narratives they want to get involved in or not. The young generation watches my films and follows me on social media. Hence I choose such inspiring characters. Though acting is my livelihood, one should not act only for money.” Swastika came back to Kolkata on January 26.
Farjana Munni said, “Swastika is a wonderful person. We were amazed to hear her singing. We hope to record one of her songs for Gan Bangla if everything goes all right.” The adda was hosted by music director Tapas. Singer Hamin Ahmed, composer Ibrar Tipu, Artists Aishi, Parvej, Luipa, Sabbir, Reshmi Mirza, Shamim, Puja, Turjo, Nabila, and Pratyay Khan were also present there. Swastika became nostalgic after hearing the Miles song Niswo Korecho Amay, sung by Hamin Ahmed.