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Zee Classic to showcase Basu Chatterjee film fest

MUMBAI: After &pictures announced changes in its programming line-up, Zee Classic is all set to host a ‘Basu Chatterjee Film Festival’ that will air the director’s acclaimed films through March.

The channel will celebrate the life and work of the renowned director through ‘Khatti Meethi Life: A Basu Chatterjee Film Festival’. The films will be aired every Saturday from 1 March to 5 April.

Basu Da, as he is fondly referred to, is known for his light-hearted take on issues revolving around the lives of middle-class families. The repertoire of his ‘middle-of-the-road’ films have catered to Indian sentiments of the time he came from and went on to be timeless classics.

The film festival includes a line-up of movies such as the comedy drama ‘Pasand Apni Apni’, romantic comedy musicals like ‘Laakhon Ki Baat’, a funny tale of four old men ‘Shaukeen’, the love story ‘Baaton Baaton Mein’ and ‘Chitchor’. The festival comes to a close with ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, a movie about the ups and downs of living in India’s city of dreams Mumbai (then Bombay).

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) marketing head of national channels Akash Chawla said, “In the field of arts, looking back on one’s roots is always a great source of inspiration. The themes and plots from the golden era are relevant to this very day. Zee Classic believes that such great works of cinema should not go unnoticed and hence we have recreated that evergreen era for the viewers of today. We have a great line-up of some of the best works of Basu Da for the audience and we look forward to offering many such specials in the coming future.”

Launched in April 2004, Zee Classic showcases films from the classic era of Hindi cinema.