OPEN TEE BIOSCOPE
DIRECTOR: ANINDYA CHATTOPADHYAY
Set in mid-90s, the film is a nostalgic trip to the `bioscope’ era, when the entire neighbourhood would gather at the para club to catch those timeless Uttam-Suchitra starrers. Told from the point of view of a teen -Fowara -it is the coming-of-age story of an entire generation growing up in north Kolkata. Open Tee Bioscope, which reinvokes the para flavour and reminds one of the long-forgotten `khep’ football tourneys, marks the directorial debut of Chandrabindoo frontman Anindya Chattopadhyay. Anindya, who peeps through the hole of time with this one, has adapted the film from his own novel, Ekdin Byapi. The film’s other strengths?Shoojit Sircar helming the production and Upal Sengupta making his debut as the solo composer.
DIRECTOR: KAUSHIK GANGULY
An intense love story, Chotoder Chobi throws light on the lives of people who work as jokers in circus. As Shibu, a trapeze artiste, is confined to his bed after an accident, his juniors are miffed with the circus manager for paying a measly sum of Rs 15,000 as compensation. But going up in arms against the authorities would mean losing their jobs. That’s when Shibu’s closest friend, Khoka, musters the courage to go against the manager and quits his job. Will he be able to support Shibu, his wife and daughter Soma? Dealing with poverty, squalor, society’s indifference, the film takes a turn when Khoka realizes that he is falling in love with Soma. The film has already fetched the best actor award for Dulal Sarkar at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa.
DIRECTOR: CHURNI GANGULY
A satirical and fictionalized take on controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin’s difficult trek through life, this film marks the directorial debut of actress Churni Ganguly. Based on the real story of the author’s separation from her pet cat after she was forced to leave Kolkata in November 2007, Nirbashito -a bilingual film in Bengali and English -fetched Churni the best film award at the Delhi International Film Festival.
DIRECTOR: NANDITA ROY & SHIBOPROSAD MUKHERJEE
It’s celebration time at the Majumdar residence. Biswanath is 75, his wife Aarti, 66.The two have completed 49 years of togetherness and as the seemingly happy family gathers around to celebrate their 50th marriage anniversary, Biswanath has something important to share. The patriarch of the house takes the opportunity to declare that he has decided to finally divorce his wife.Reason? Irretrievable breakdown of marriage.Will the storm pass or will it change lives?After Ramdhanu, the makers have turned their lens on love, companionship and the meaning they hold in today’s day and age.
DIRECTOR: SRIJIT MUKHERJI
Set during Partition, this movie focuses on the lives of a few `fallen’ women.The director, who has drawn references from Mandi, Gandhi, Pinjar and a series of letters by Urvashi Butalia, is set to highlight the plight of women, who were the worst-affected lot. Considered the sign of honour for two countries, whenever one needed to harm another, they went straight for the women. An unusual story and Srijit’s most significant film till date, the project also marks Rituparna Sengupta’s return to the Shree Venkatesh Films banner.