Kamal Swaroop’s Rangbhoomi will have its premiere at this year’s Rome Film Festival. The film is in competition in the CinemaXXI section of the fest. The first trailer of the film is just out.
Rangabhoomi follows the filmmaker as he attempts to trace the contours of Dada Saheb Phalke’s life in Varanasi after he withdrew. Disillusioned from the world of cinema, he decided to take up theatre. While in Varanasi, Phalke wrote a semi-autobiographical play titled “Rangabhoomi” which from the core of this cinematic exploration. Set in the visually thrilling landscapes of the old town of Varanasi, the film intertwines the personal engagement of Kamal Swarrop with the story of Phalke with Phalke’s journey and the play, deploying a vibrant palette of sounds, sights and characters in surrealist juxtaposition.