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Celebrated author Ruskin Bond has given the thumbs up to Bhargav Saikia's "The Black Cat", a short film which is an official adaptation of an eponymous short story by the writer. Saikia arranged a special screening of the film in Mussoorie for Ruskin Bond earlier this week. The 83-year-old author said in a statement: "Bhargav Saikia has made ('The Black Cat') into a very effective 20-minute short film.
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The film features veteran actor Tom Alter as Ruskin Bond and Shernaz Patel as an English witch Miss Bellows and a black cat. Saikia, whose earlier film credits include "Kaafiron Ki Namaaz" and "Awakenings", feels encouraged by Ruskin Bond's response.