BIG Pictures’ Bengali film ‘Shob Charitro Kalponik’ selected for Durban Film Festival, to be screened on July 30, 2009.

Rituparno Ghosh to attend the film festival for the screening on July 30th.

Mumbai Jul xx: BIG Pictures, motion picture brand of Reliance Big Entertainment’s Bengali film directed by the maverick Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘Shob Charitro Kalponik’ (Afterword) has been selected for the 30th Durban Film Festival ’09 to be held from 22 July to 2 August 2009. Rituparo Ghosh will be traveling to Durban, South Africa for the screening of the film scheduled for July 30th.

Written and Directed by Ritupano Ghosh‘Shob Charitro Kalponik’ a story of death and loss with many emotional and romantic moments, stars Bipasha Basu, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Pauli Dam and Sohag Sen. It is produced by BIG Pictures. The film has music by Sanjoy Das and Raja Narayan Deb with a lot of folk, modern sounds and also a song by Lalan. Samik Halder is behind the camera and Arghyakamal Mitra will do the editing. Joy Goswami has written all the poems for Prosenjit’s character, who plays a poet in the film. Some of these are excerpts of old poems and some have been written exclusively for the film.
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Mahesh Ramanathan, Chief Operating Officer, BIG Pictures adds, “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 Durban film festival is a first ever premier 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 6 months. It’s a historical first for any production house in India”

‘Shob Charitro Kalponik’ 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.

‘Shob Charitro Kalponik’ 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 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’.

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