Reetwika Banerjee’s Journey From ” Fantastic 40″ To ” Adhura”- A TRAVELOGUE  FROM A MICRO STORY TO A SHORT FILM WRITER

Short films are the under-appreciated cousins of feature films. It hardly matters how many accolades they garner or how much effort goes into the making of those few minutes. Although, there have been some great short films made along the way, due credit and recognition is still hard to come by. In the past few months, short films like Taandav, Ahalya and Interior Night Cafe, featuring well-known names from the Hindi film industry, have enabled the genre to carve its own small place in the heart of moviegoers. But we still have a long way to go when it comes to appreciating these movies. With the growing influence of the Internet, short films are increasingly attracting more viewers and have become a popular medium for story-tellers. Such films are made with the urge to tell an engaging story and it is possible to do so in less than half the time and with a fraction budget. Short films are also a field for budding filmmakers and enthusiasts to come and play with their talent and skills before moving on to the big league.

Reetwika has been writing Micro Stories since 2005, publishing her first collection of forty Micro Stories “Fantastic 40” in 2014 under the banner of All About Books Global. Not to mention that the book received a very warm response at the 2015 Kolkata International Book Fair due to its innovative and a novel literary concept. The term ‘Micro Story’ was first developed by Reetwika and was seen in her debut book “Fantastic 40” where she developed stories which are typically less than 500 words and can be easily extracted over a single reading. The second edition was later republished by Purushottam Publishers (Kolkata) in 2016.

One of her most popular Micro Stories named “One Rainy Day” featuring in the same book has been recently filmed into a sensational short movie ‘ADHURA’ by Euphoria Films Production (Mumbai) and is all set to release on Mahasasthi. It has a beautiful backdrop revolving around the auspicious Durga Puja. There is magic in the air whichever you wish to interpret it. The ambience of sweet smelling flowers, the incense mingled with perfumes make it a perfect short film in this season. The poster is very appealing providing a love themed background.” Adhura” the title itself means incomplete and I think, that you can meet someone one day, who possesses the eyes you never had but always needed; the vision to see backwards and forwards and all around, the other wing that you need to complete your flight. And I think it can just happen, suddenly, without explanation! And then I think, it would be good to keep that person, you’ll always have those eyes, and always have two wings.

Reetwika’s another Micro Story from the same book ‘Fanstatic 40’ is under pre-production and is scheduled for a Diwali release. Our —- team wishes Reetwika and crew best wishes for the success of ‘ADHURA’ and her upcoming films. Looking forward to watch many more of her stories in the coming years. 
You can watch the film on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dXyL0PFyNI
Sayan Basak

Kolkata

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