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Rituparno's "Shob Charitro Kalponik" picked for Durban Festival

The promotional poster for Shob Charitro Kalponik.
The promotional poster for Shob Charitro Kalponik.
Well-known director Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film "Shob Charitro Kalponik" (Afterword) has been selected for the 30th Durban Film Festival 2009 being held currently.

Ghosh will be travelling to Durban, South Africa, for the screening of the film scheduled on July 30, a press release issued by Big Pictures, the producers of the film, said.

The movie will be screened in the Panorama Section of the festival, alongside films by directors such as Woody Allen, the Dardenne Brothers, Lars von Trier, Laurent Cantet, Steven Soderbergh, Takeshi Kitano and Michael Winterbottom.

Written and directed by Ghosh, "Shob Charitro Kalponik" is a story of death and loss with many emotional and romantic moments. It is the story of Radhika’s journey into the life of her late poet-husband, Indraneel and the revelations and contradictions she learns about Indraneel as a poet and husband. She realizes how much he romanticized their mundane, everyday life. Yet in reality, he was often insensitive, negligent and apathetic towards her. She wonders about his dual identity. How can a poet be unaware of his day-to-day realities, yet highlight moments from it in his art? Is art essentially an artifice?
A scene from Shob Charitro Kalponik.
A scene from Shob Charitro Kalponik.

The film features Bipasha Basu, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Pauli Dam and Sohag Sen in the main roles. It will release on August 28 in India.

The film has music by Sanjoy Das and Raja Narayan Deb with a lot of folk, modern sounds and also a song by Lalan. Joy Goswami has written all the poems for Prosenjit’s character, who plays a poet. Some of these are excerpts of old poems and some have been written exclusively for the film. Samik Halder was behind the camera and Arghyakamal Mitra has done the editing.

"Our efforts to broaden international horizons for Bengali films are beginning to be successful. Rituparno’s work has been widely acclaimed globally. Shob Charitro Kalponik’s selection in the Panorama Section of the Durban film festival is a first ever premiere for a Bengali film in the African continent. With this success, Big Pictures have now secured selection for 10 of its world cinema titles in over 12 prestigious international festivals in the last six months. It’s a historical first for any production house in India," Mahesh Ramanathan, Chief Operating Officer, Big Pictures, said.
A scene from Shob Charitro Kalponik.
A scene from Shob Charitro Kalponik.

A contemporary director whose playground is the complexity of raw human emotions that are often caught in the web of relationship drawn out by the society, Rituparno Ghosh has emerged as one of the finest filmmakers in India. . His 1999 film 'Bariwali' (Lady of the House) won him a Netpac Award and was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. 'Titli' (The First Monsoon Day) and 'Choker Bali' (Passion Play) were the respective official entries in the competition section at the Locarno Film Festival in 2002 and 2003. In December 2008, Ghosh was awarded the prestigious Premio Arca D'Oro by the Italian government for his outstanding work. He is also the proud recipient of the National Award for his film ‘Shubho Mahurat’.

Reliance Big Entertainment Limited (RBEL) is the media and entertainment arm of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. Big Pictures is the motion picture brand of RBEL.

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