MAMI Film Fest: Pak film Jago Hua Savera dropped

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Written by Alaka Sahani | Mumbai | Published:October 18, 2016 2:29 am

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EARLIER this year, when the Cannes Film Festival screened the restored version of AJ Kardar-directed Jago Hua Savera (The Day Shall Dawn) under the “Cannes Classics” section, the movie turned out to be a “discovery” for cinema-lovers. It was hailed for its cinematic beauty and historical significance. The movie — which was scheduled to travel to India this week for its screening under the “Restored Classics” section of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) — was dropped from the programme on Monday.

“Given the current situation, the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star has decided not to programme Jago Hua Savera as part of the Restored Classics Section,” said an official statement issued by the festival, which opens on October 20, following protests.

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Set in East Pakistan — which came to be known as Bangladesh in 1971 — the movie, according to the Cannes festival website, “reinvented Pakistani cinema”. The film, based on a novel by the celebrated Manik Bandopadhyay, considered to be one of the leading modern Bengali novelists, transports the audience to a fishing village, where everyone dreams of owning their own boat.

The film was Pakistan’s Oscar entry for the Best Foreign Film Award. Even though it was not nominated for the Oscar, it bagged other international awards like a gold medal at the Moscow International Film Festival. The film is one of the early examples of experimental cinema, inspired by neo-realist cinema of Italy.

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Though tagged as a “Pakistani film” Jago Hua Savera brought together some of the best talents of the sub-continent: it cast the late Tripti Mitra, one of the leading theatre artistes of West Bengal, as Mala; Bangladesh’s Khan Ataur Rahman acted as the protagonist; legendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz made his debut as a screenplay writer; one of the top composers of New Theatres in Calcutta Timir Baran gave its music. Most notably it was filmed by Oscar-winning German-born British cameraman Walter Lassally, of Zorba The Greek (1946) fame. Daughter of Tripti Mitra, Shaoli, who was around two years old when the film was made, does not remember much about it. But says that protesting against the film is “a very silly thing”. She remembers seeing the film at ICCR in Calcutta many years ago in the 60s. “Looking back, the film seems cinematically important and relevant of the period of the subcontinent it captures,” says Shaoli, who is also a leading theatre artiste of Kolkata.

Under the “Restored Classics” sections, the MFF will screen Multiple Maniacs (USA), On the Silver Globe (Poland), The Saragossa Manuscript (Poland) and Taipei Story (Taiwan).

The 87-minute film made on a shoestring budget is considered to be “a quasi-documentary fiction”. According to the Cannes website, it was consequently one of the first films to offer the world an insight into the region, the poverty of its fisherfolk and life far from the big cities, dominated by the rhythms of the river. Yet, the film was almost forgotten and rediscovered when it was screened during a retrospective of Pakistani films at the 2007 Three Continents Film Festival in Nantes, France. For this screening, Anjum Taseer —- son of its producer Noman Taseer — reportedly searched for remaining original copies of the film, and put them together for a version that could be screened. The film was also screened at the 2008 New York Film Festival, to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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Under the Taseer Foundation, the movie’s picture and sound have been restored by the Deluxe Restoration in London commissioned by Anjum Taseer based on the best available components, in the absence of the negative. The film’s original negatives were all lost and the restoration was carried out through various rolls of 35mm black and white prints, a report said. According to a Guardian report, Faiz’s daughter Salima Hashmi, a Lahore-based artist, who watched the film at Cannes called it “an emotional experience”. She talked about how her father was prevented from attending its London premiere as he was jailed in an anti-communist crackdown by General Ayub Khan, who launched a coup shortly before the film was released.

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