Musician Kisaloy Roy Wins Grand Prize at Italian Film Festival for Amartya Bhattacharyya’s ‘Ketu’ | Bengali Cinema News

It is a great honor for Kisaloy Roy. The Kolkata-based musician won the ‘Burt Bacharach Award for Best Soundtrack’ at the IMAGO International Film Festival in Civitella del Tronto (Italy) for Amartya Bhattacharyya’s experimental Bengali feature film ‘Ketu’.

It was the only Indian film at the film festival where the Italian premiere was held last week.

“Ketu” is a cosmic shadow, often referred to as an imaginary planet in Hindu astrology, which has a profound impact on human life. It represents the consequences of all actions, good and bad. It causes material losses in order to impose a more spiritual outlook on a person.

The film is an intense psychedelic portrait of life in isolation, as experienced due to the COVID 19 lockdown. The film shows a character, the filmmaker himself (who films himself in a “selfie-cinema”), locked in a small part of Bhubaneswar city. ‘KETU’ features Amartya Bhattacharyya himself playing the lead role. Priyanka Ghosh Roy, who also happens to be the producer, plays a very unique character. The music was composed by Kisaloy Roy, who has been a regular music composer in all of Amartya’s films. The film also has a psychedelic RAP ‘Andhakaarer Garbhe’ voiced by the filmmaker himself.

‘Ketu’ had its world premiere at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival in Canada, followed by festivals in Mexico (Ciudad De Mexico International Film Festival), Paraguay (Ciudad del Este Independent Film Festival), Argentina (Santa Cruz International FilmFestival).

Sharing his excitement after winning the award, Kisaloy Roy said, “It was a memorable experience composing the music for KETU. This movie had its own challenges because it was made during lockdown. This has been one of my most experimental works to date. I’m really happy that the music was recognized and awarded at the Imago International Film Festival, Italy. This is my third international award for a film and my first for a feature film category. It makes me really happy.

Meanwhile, Amartya Bhattacharyya added that this film is as radical in its form as one can imagine. “I honestly did not expect such experimental artistic work to win, although I personally think the film is extremely deserving in every way. I am grateful to the members of the jury and the Italian film lovers for this honor Kisaloy has been my music composer in all my movies so far, and I have no words to describe the talent he is. Even in India, his music has started to get a lot of attention and attention. “He’s a serious talent, and I’m very proud of him. His victory is our victory and I’m extremely happy,” the filmmaker said.