Season’s Greetings: 6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss This Tribute To Rituparno Ghosh!

An ode to Bengal's esteemed filmmaker, this entry at ZEE5 Short Film Festival sheds light on LGBTQIA+ rights starring Celina Jaitly and Lillete Dubey

1. Stellar star-cast

Season's Greetings - Star Cast
Season's Greetings - Star Cast

A heavy rock was lifted off the LGBTQIA+ community’s chest on 6 September 2018 when the Indian Supreme Court declared “Love is Love.” The colour of a rainbow became the colour of freedom and a walk of shame turned into the march of pride! Commemorating the reform of decriminalising Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is the movie Season’s Greetings at the ZEE5 Short Film Festival. Here’s why you definitely cannot miss its digital premiere on 15 April 2020 at any cost!

Watch the aesthetic trailer here:

1. Stellar star-cast

The one-of-its-kind short film marks the come back of Bollywood star and former Miss India, Celina Jaitly as Romita. Sharing screen space with her is theatre thespian and film veteran Lillete Dubey, essaying Suchitra. It also marks the debuts of actor Azhar Khan, playing Usmaan and Bollywood’s first transgender actor Shree Ghatak, portraying Chapala.

2. Author turned director - Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Season's Greetings - Ram Kamal Mukherjee
Season's Greetings - Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Known as India’s youngest biographer, Ram Kamal Mukherjee is at the helm of this distinguished film. After graduation from Media and Film Studies at the University of Calcutta and working as a journalist, Mukherjee ventured into film direction. Considered his magnum opus, Season’s Greetings is his second short after Cakewalk.

3. A tribute to Rituparno Ghosh

Season's Greetings - Rituparno Ghosh
Season's Greetings - Rituparno Ghosh

An avid reader of Rabindranath Tagore and influenced by Satyajit Ray, the National Award-winning filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh is an inspiration to many cinema lovers! Admiring his impeccable sense of art, aesthetics and emotions, Ram Kamal Mukherjee has paid homage to Ghosh through this short film. He also identified as a queer and advocated same-sex relationships.

4. First collaboration with UN 'Free and Equal'

Season's Greetings - UN Collaboration
Season's Greetings - UN Collaboration

For the first time in the history of Indian cinema, the United Nations has collaborated with an Indian feature film. The association is under ‘Free and Equal’ which is their global campaign for equality of LGBTQIA+ people around the world. Campaign Manager Rikke Hennum says, “Films like these can play a critical role to help raise awareness of some issues the film touches upon, from acceptance of same-sex relationships to the lives of LGBTQIA+ people in India.”

5. Celebrates womanhood

Season's Greetings - Celebrating LBTQIA and Womanhood
Season's Greetings - Celebrating LBTQIA and Womanhood

Season’s Greetings cherishes the women of the world. Ram Kamal Mukherjee took to Instagram to express his gratitude towards them, saying, “And of course Ritu-da who inspired us all to make films that celebrate womanhood. My film too celebrates the freedom of choice and voice with characters like Suchitra, Romita, and Chapala.”

6. Official selection at international film festivals

Season's Greetings - International Film Festivals
Season's Greetings - International Film Festivals

The remarkable film has been recognized at various film festivals across the globe. It was the official selection at North Europe International Film Festival, London. Making it to the list of finalists, it was the only Indian feature film to do so at the Changing Face International Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. Countries like Spain, South Africa, U.S.A., and the U.K. have acclaimed the film as well!

Watch the short film Season’s Greetings: A Tribute To Rituparno Ghosh releasing on 15 April 2020, exclusively on ZEE5 Short Film Festival!

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