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We have always tried to spread the good word about various crowd-funded projects through our blog. Here’s one more film which looks interesting and you can contribute to its making. In today’s Fund A Film (FaF) initiative, we are putting the spotlight on renowned cinematographer Ranjan Palit’s film, Orphan.

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Orphan is a English-Bengali bilingual feature film. It is the story of a family-clan spread over 5 generations and 150 years. Check out the pitch video.

 

About the project

Orphan – Award winning Cinematographer’s directorial debut that chronicles the lives of members of a clan in West Bengal over the last 100 years. This feature film promises to be a never seen before epic saga.

What is Orphan all about? 

Orphan is a story of my wacky and historically unique family. It will showcase the lives of my family members through the last century, go on to show my life in the present day and a glimpse of my daughter’s life who is the last member in the Palit clan.

It will take the viewers on a unique journey with a family that has a river pirate, a yogini, a World War soldier, a naxalite and more!

-Ranjan Palit (from wishberry.in)

To read more about it and to contribute, click here.

11221886_10154045180829863_6005978746482162900_nAcclaimed 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

Trailer

Crew

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

The event happened in May. And somehow we missed it. But the pictures are so priceless, we thought it would be good to share with you all. All these pictures were part of the exhibition, “The Master & I”. The event was part of Ray’s 94th birth anniversary celebration. Click here to read more about the event.

Move your cursor on any pic to get the description. And click on any pic to start the slideshow.

Thanks to Debosmita Sarkar for the pics from the exhibition.

Q and Umesh Kulkarni – two daring film-making voices from two different corners of the country, and whose films we always look forward to. And this time both of them seem to be trying something new which they haven’t done before. Q’s film is called Ludo and Umesh’s film is Highway Ek Selfir Aarpaar.

Q has directed the film with Nikon.

LUDO

Trailer :

Official Synopsis :

Four desperate teenagers. A night of sexy mayhem. The big city. Or so the plan goes, until a series of misadventures later, Babai, Pele, Ria and Payal end up in a locked shopping mall in the dead of the night. Alone at last… until an old couple appears out of nowhere with a piece of folded leather and a glass container with two dice made of bone. A game. Simple, but deadly. They call it Ludo. A game defiled by a young couple centuries ago. An unbreakable curse, a living board, eons of bloodbath spanning the subcontinent. A game that has reached this city. Not just monsters, but prisoners of fate. Immortal lovers existing under a curse that will not die. They live within the game. Blood must spill. Bone must shatter. Beware the rattle of the Ludo dice.

Cast & Crew

Rii, Tillotama Shome, Kamalika Banerjee, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Ananya Biswas, Murari Mukherjee, Ronodeep Bose, Soumendra Bhattacharya, Subholina Sen.

Directed By: Nikon, Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee)
Produced By: Celine Loop, Nandini Mansinghka, Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee), Tilak Sarkar
Screenplay : Nikon, Surojit Sen
Story Writer :Nikon, Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee)
Production Company(S) : Overdose Joint, Idyabooster, Starfire Movies

HIGHWAY

Trailer :

Official Synopsis

Highway is a film of that escape which all of us yearn for. It is an attempt to see our own reflections in today’s time.

Cast :
Girish Kulkarni, Huma Qureshi, Tisca Chopra, Renuka Shahane Rana, Vidyadhar Joshi, Mukta Barve, Sunil Barve, Mayur Khandge, Shrikant Yadav, Kishore Chaugule, Kishor Kadam, Vrishali Kulkarni, Purva Pawar

Labour Of Love

She takes the tram, bus. He takes the bicycle.

She cooks the fish. He buys it.

She has no company for lunch. He has no company for dinner.

She opens the house. He locks it.

She cleans the clothes. He dries them.

She uses the water. He fills it up.

She has no sounds for company. He has the machines and the music.

She stitches his pant. He keeps it aside for stitching.

She counts the money. He withdraws it from the bank.

She lights up the morning agarbatti. He does the evening one.

She eats the local bakery cake for breakfast. He eats the same.

She sleeps on right side of bed. Alone. He sleeps on left side of bed. Alone.

Because she does the morning shift. And he does the night shift.

Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour Of Love) is about a middle class couple living in Calcutta, and their daily boring ordinary life. Nothing is exciting in this mundane routine, life is almost fifty-fifty in their chores. But the director captures the sight and sound of this ordinariness in almost meditative gaze, making it look gorgeous. Especially the soundscape of the city is captured in all its beauty. Close your eyes and you can hear everything which leaves strong visual impressions too – blaring loudspeakers, rattling wheels, waffling music, creaking doors, rumbling trams, a rustle here, a clank there, and few Bengali golden oldies.

A few sequences seem odd and jarring, like the one of cereals pouring in glass containers, so advertising-wala that it stood out from the rest of the mood of the film. But apart from that it’s a brave film and quite an extraordinary cinematic achievement for a first time filmmaker, much like Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court which released earlier this year. And Aditya Vikram has not only directed the film, but he has also written, edited, and shot it! Waoh! Seems like this year, the new kids are leaving the veterans far behind.

Also, since my last post on Court created quite a stir and i was accused of many things including having an agenda to pull it down, let me admit it that Labour Of Love also felt like fest-bait. But thankfully, it’s not selling a desi exotica story for the west. Though i never understood why fest-bait was a bad word. If you know the trick and it lends to the grammar of your story naturally, why not. A brave new voice with a beautiful film will disarm every criticism.

Coming back to the film, the Bengali title of the film Asha Jaoar Majhe (In between arrival and departure) is more apt than the English one – Labour Of Love. Because as the day ends and a new one begins, in between there’s magic hour for the characters. It’s so rare that it has become almost surreal. And this is where the film turns magical too. It’s heartbreaking as Ritwick Chakraborty’s eyes stare at Basabdutta Chatterjee leaving for work. That’s when it hits you. The price of recession, the hard work that goes in everyday boring, ordinary life – just for a cup of tea together. Love and longing in the time of recession.

i might be wrong but it seems like this is Basabdutta’s debut feature. Haven’t seen her before. And what a find! That serene face, those expressive eyes, she doesn’t need dialogues to convey anything. And there are no dialogues in the film.

i had tried to watch the film during Mumbai Film Festival. But as the sun was setting in real time on screen, i almost felt asleep, and then decided to walk out of the film. Was too tired. And this film needs all your patience and attention. Because the atmosphere is immersive. Like the sequence where you see on the wire, in close-up, the clothes are moving one by one, you know that Ritwick is hanging them for drying. But why and how are they moving. The mystery is solved later in the film – why and how the clothes moved. It’s simple, and beautiful. With meticulous detailing, Aditya Vikram captures many such moments of everyday routines. Like the way she tucks the bus ticket in her bangle, it bought a smile on my face. Aha, Calcutta, you beauty! So if you don’t get into it, try it later. Give it a chance. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but try it – you won’t know the taste till you try it. A rare experimental beauty, this one has got a limited release. But if you are among the lucky ones where it has released, catch it.

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Labour of Love Poster #2-0

Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s debut feature “Labour Of Love” (Asha Jaoar Majhe) has been doing the fest rounds for quite some time. It premiered at Venice Days, an independent section at the Venice Film Festival which is promoted by the Italian Association of Filmmakers and authors. And recently, it picked up 2 National Awards too – Indira Gandhi Award for Best Film by a Debut Director and for Best Sound Designer.

The film is getting a limited release via PVR Directors Rare. It will release in Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore on 26th June, 2015. The film is without any dialogues. Aditya Vikram not only directed the film but he also wrote, shot and edited it. Woah!

It features Ritwick Chakraborty and Basabdutta Chatterjee in lead roles.

Watch its trailer.

And here is the official synopsis :

Set in the crumbling environs of Calcutta, Labour Of Love is a lyrical unfolding of two ordinary lives suspended in the duress of a spiraling recession. They are married to a cycle of work and domestic routine, and long stretches of waiting in the silence of an empty house. They share each others solitude in pursuit of a distant dream that visits them briefly every morning.

Click here to read an interview of the director on the film’s making.

Apur Panchali

A new bengali film titled Apur Panchali tries to explore that. The trailer and poster is just out, and it looks interesting. Have a look. Though the trailer doesn’t have subtitles yet.

The film is directed by Kaushik Ganguly, and stars Parambrata Chatterjee, Parno Mitra, Ardhendu Banerjee, Gaurav Chakraborty & Ritwik Chakraborty.

Some more info on the film (from TOI article) – Talking about Apur Panchali, Kaushik said, “The film is inspired by the real-life story of Subir Banerjee, the child actor, who played Apu in Ray’s Pather Panchali. Despite being one of the most celebrated child actors in the industry once, nobody cares to find out what he is doing now; no one remembers him. My film is a take on that. The USP of the film is the subject which has never been explored in Bengali cinema before. Interestingly, Subir’s life has an uncanny resemblance to what Ray had depicted in The Apu Trilogy. And that’s what inspired me to make this film. Albeit Pather Panchali was Subirda‘s first and last film, but if you study the man’s life, you’d sit and ponder if Satyajit Ray had written The Apu Trilogy keeping Subirda in mind. Having said that, I’d like to make it clear that my film is a work of fiction, and not Subir Banerjee’s biography.”

– To read the full article, click here.

– More about the film here.