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 held on Saturday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Shoojit tells us, "It was an absolute honour for us to screen the film for the president. Normally, the whole team doesn't go for screenings, but we all wanted to attend this screening at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It took us some time to figure out a date."
From the film's team, Shoojit, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu, 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.
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. It was a really beautiful experience, having dinner with him. We felt like school kids, mesmerised by everything, and Mr Bachchan was like our professor, guiding us."