Acclaimed production designer Samir Chanda made his directorial debut with a Bengali film titled Ek Nadir Golpo (Tale Of A River). The film stars Mithun Chakrabaorty, Shweta Prasad and Jisshu Sengupta. It’s an adaptation of a short story by well known Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhay.
Unfortunately, because of his untimely death in 2011, he could not see the release of the film.
Now, his son Sandeepan Chanda shared the good news about its release on a FB post.
So here is a little story for those who might not know about it.
Back in 2006, my father decided to take a break from being a production designer and make his directorial debut. He chose to adapt a small Bengali story he had read and was deeply moved by when he was in his college days. After borrowing money from his friends and also putting in all his savings, he jumped head first into the project. We all became involved in it, all his family members, most of his friends and then by his sheer enthusiasm and passion, we finished the film a year later. It went on to be screened at various prestigious film festivals and was critically lauded by all. He now only needed to share his labor of love with the audience.
But unfortunately he struggled to find a distributor/exhibitor who would buy the film and release it in theaters. A struggle that went on for the next four years before his untimely death in 2011. His wish remained unfulfilled.
My mother then took on the responsibility to shop the film to various production companies and distributors. And now because of her persistence and having the patience to endure smaller setbacks, the film, 8 years after being filmed, is all set to release in theaters on 14th of August, this year. A dream which started with my father, soon became ours and is now on its way to become a reality.
‘Ek Nadir Galpo – Tale of a River’
A film by – Samir Chanda
Produced by Leela Chanda & Kaustuv Ray
Screenplay, Dialogues & Direction : Samir Chanda
Executive Producer : Chintu Mohapatra & Sanjay Pathak
Lyrics & Music : Nachiketa
DOP : Rajen Kothari
Editor : Sanjib Dutta
Trailer/Making : Subrata Dey, Debashis Mondal