India-Bangladesh joint production "Moner Manush", directed by Goutam Ghosh, is one of the four Bengali films selected for Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa next month.
This is the first international festival at which the film, which has a mixed cast drawn from India and Bangladesh, including Prosenjit and Raisul Islam Asad, will be screened before its commercial release.
Ghosh is very hopeful about the commercial success of "Moner Manush" based on the life of mystic poet Lalon Fakir, saying co-productions "makes market sense".
"Co-productions make market sense for sure. And an Indo-Bangla production more so. There are Bengalis or Bangla-speaking people living across the world. There is a world market for Bengali cinema,” Ghosh said in a recent interview.
"I'm confident of it (the film) doing well because after a long time we have an Indo-Bangla film. We have a mixed cast and crew," he said.
A special screening of the film, which is expected to be released in December, was held in Dhaka on September 30 where Ghosh was present. This is the second joint Indo-Bangla joint production directed by Ghosh since his "Padma Nadir Majhi" in mid-1990s also starring leading actors and actresses of the two countries including Utpal Dutta, Robi Ghosh, Rupa Ganguly, Raisul Islam Asad and Gulshan Akhter Champa.
Ghosh's next project will see him truly going global as he has approached Hollywood star Richard Gere to feature in it titled "Lala".
"Yes, we have approached Richard Gere and he has evinced keen interest in the project. But he has not signed. Our producers will come down to India later this month, then we will finalise everything,” Ghosh said.