"It is exciting to know that many young filmmakers in Bengal, with new ideas and new vision, are again turning to literature for inspiration. There is expectation for a breath of fresh air and exceptional stories once again, and that shall overwhelm cinema in India," Bachchan said after inaugurating the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) in Kolkata.

He said that young filmmakers, not just in Bengal, but all over the country may like to symbolically look upon those who make films based on stories from literature.
Giving the example of late maverick filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, he said Ghosh gave Bengali cinema a completely new ray of hope and often looked at literary works for motivation.

"His 'Chokher Bali' and 'Naukadubi' based on Tagore's fiction are very fine examples. Contemporary writers like Suchitra Bhattacharya and Shirshendu Mukherjee also became a source of inspiration for him," he said.

For a period of time in the eighties and nineties, Bengali cinema underwent a change to meet the vagaries of the Box Office and this can be directly related to its severance of popular traditions particularly with literature, he said while crediting Ghosh for a revival.

During his speech, Bachchan also mesmerized the audience by mouthing few lines in Bengali.


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