Screening 'Pink' for the president was absolutely surrealsays Shoojit
President Pranab Mukherjee, who has seen only a handful of movies during his tenure at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, expressed his desire to watch Shoojit Sircar's 'Pink' a while back.
His office contacted Shoojit's about it, but the screening kept getting delayed because everyone from the film's team wanted to attend the screening. It was finally taken on Saturday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The president felicitates Bachchan as Shoojit and the film's director Aniruddha Roy Chaudhary clap
Shoojit tells us, "It was an absolute honor for us to screen the flick for the president. Usually, the whole team doesn't go for screenings, but we all wanted to see this screening at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It took us some time to figure out a date."
Shoojit, actors Mr Bachchan, Tapsee, Andrea Tariang and Dhritiman Chatterjee, and director Aniruddha Roy Chaudhary attended the screening, where the president praised the film for raising an important issue.
Shoojit tells us that the president also praised Bachchan and said, "Mr Bachchan, you never stop surprising me." Before 'Pink', Amitabh Bachchan's 'Piku' and 'Bhootnath Returns' were also screened at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The president Pranab Mukherjee also felicitates Tapsee Pannu
Shoojit says, "The president saw the movie without any intermission. After watching the movie, he congratulated us and said that he is very happy that we touched on this topic in the film. He also felicitated us and invited us for dinner.
He continued, “It was a really beautiful experience, having dinner with him. We felt like school kids, mesmerized by everything, and Mr Bachchan was like our professor, guiding us."
Further, he adds, "It was absolutely surreal. I am from a background where I had no connect with any form of art, and then one day I am in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, showing my film to the president of India! It is still sinking in, even though it was my second visit there. He also invited us to visit the Mughal Gardens and the museum."