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A captive of literature
22 October 2020 11:20
While reading Chuti Nakoch, a story by writer Ashapurna Devi, he suddenly felt grabbed by the jugular. It was tough to ignore the visual architecture within the tale and two very interesting characters that occupied it. Immediately, National award winning filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay procured the rights and started developing a screenplay -- Nazarband (Captive), which will make its World Premiere at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival scheduled between October 21-30 this year.It is a psychological road movie. They are an unlikely pair of jailbirds who embark on a harrowing and unpredictable odyssey drifting across the intimidating terrain of Kolkata. The story is essentially a love story between two disparate underdog characters, Vasanti and Chandu, Mukhopadhyay tells IANS.While the movie takes a visceral look at the characters resilience and how they navigate different kinds of oppression, it is also an exploration into the depths of companionship and the meaning of rejection and acceptance. If the viewers identify with the characters and move with their psychological struggles, their fragility, and instability, the film will work, he adds.The director behind some critically director of critically acclaimed films including Herbert, Posham Pa, and Kangal Malsat (War Cry of the Beggars) feels that while it is only with a theatre release that a film gets its true validation, he is not too sure for the same when it comes to Nazarband considering the pandemic. Yes, it does seem difficult, but we are trying hard. And frankly, in the recent past we have noticed OTTs heavily bending towards star cast and mainstream films. That means more difficulty for these kinds of films to get a slot there. But we will wait for more to happen in the festival circuit.
Also a theatre director who has been exploring the stage since childhood as his father was an eminent director and National award winning actor, Mukhopadhyay, who got into serious practice in the mid 80s only to stop acting at one point. I felt acting was not my forte. One must identify the best way of communication with society, a medium that reveals your organic reflexes, artistically transforming your subliminal thoughts. After I finished high school, I started directing theatre and joined a film-production company and practically did all kinds of works. Of course, theatre is in my blood. But films are my first love.
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