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Retrospective of Shakti Samanta films from Friday

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni will inaugurate here on Friday a retrospective of the films of well-known film producer and director Shakti Samanta, who had passed away earlier this year.

Ashim Samanta, a director in his own right and the son of the late Shakti Samanta, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural ceremony.

Samanta's award-wnning film Amar Prem (Hindi, colour, 1972, 153 minutes) will be screened at the inaugural function.

Five of his best-known films, Howrah Bridge, Kati Patang, Amanush, Kashmir ki Kali and Anurag, will be screened on the next two days, an official press release said.

Samanta had passed away in Mumbai on April 9 this year at the age of 83. His first directorial venture was Bahu in 1955 and three years later he turned a producer with Howrah Bridge.

In all, he directed 43 feature films---37 in HIndi and six in Bengali. Seven of his films won Filmfare awards. The well-known actress Sharmila Tagore made her Bollywood debut in Kashmir ki Kali. She went on to star in several of his later films, including An Evening in Paris and Aradhana.

Some of his other popular films are China Town, Barsaat ki Ek Raat and Mehbooba. He started the trend of making double version movies in Hindi and Bengali with Amanush in 1974. He made the first co-produced film between India and Bangladesh in 1984.

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