‘Patnagarh’ not to be screened in Kolkata Film Festival

Bhubaneswar: Screening of the Atul Kulkarni and Manoj Mishra starrer film ‘Patnagarh’ has been dropped from Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). Producer of the film Sridhara Martha and actor Manoj Mishra intimated about it in a press meet today in Bhubaneswar.

As per the reports, the authorities of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) have decided to drop the film for screening in the Fest. And accordingly, the decision has been notified to the movie’s producer Siddharth Martha and director Rajesh Touchriver. KIFF is scheduled to be held from November 8 to 15.

‘Patnagarh’ is based on the much-hyped parcel bomb explosion case in Patnagarh of Bolangir district.

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It has been learned that the film was dropped from the list at KIFF following a legal notice from the family members of Soumya Sekhar Sahu, who was killed in the blast. As per reports, Soumya’s family members mentioned in the notice that neither the film’s director nor producer informed them prior to the making of ‘Patnagarh’.

The film has been made in Hindi and Telugu other than Odia. It has been set for November 8 release.

On February 23, 2018, Soumya and his grandmother Jemamani were killed in the parcel bomb case while his newly married wife had sustained grievous injuries.

Later the Crime Branch, which was handed over the case, arrested English lecturer Punjilal Meher as the main accused. Due to some past enmity with Soumya’s mother Sanjukta Sahu, Meher had allegedly conspired the bomb blast.

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