Urojahaj, starring Chandan Roy Sanyal and Parno Mittra, to be screened at Kolkata International Film Festival
We are all victims of broken dreams, and at times pursuing dreams can land us into trouble. That's the storyline of veteran director Buddhadeb Dasgupta's latest film Urojahaj, to be screened at this year's Kolkata International Film Festival, which begins from November 8.
The film tells the story of a village mechanic, Bachhu Mondal who dreams of flying one day. When he discovers a crash site of a World War II Japanese plane, he decides to rebuild it. His project doesn’t go unnoticed by the ghosts that haunt the place -- all victims of broken dreams. But soon the police start investigations on Bachhu since a life-threatening series of bizarre events take place.
"A small newspaper report caught my attention years back. It was about a weird dream of an apparently crazy man. I started developing the concept for my next film when I find that even a naive dream can actually turn to be a threat to the system. It can, as well, land someone up in misery which he or she doesn’t deserve," explains Buddhadeb.
The maker of such internationally acclaimed masterpieces as Duratwa (The Distance), Grihajuddha (The Crossroads), Bagh Bahadur (Tigerman), Phera (The Return), Charachar (In Shelter of the wings), Uttara (The Wrestlers), and Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (Tale of a Naughty Girl), Buddhadeb always delves into different layers of “reality” and creates a world un-presumed. His latest film, too, is not an exception.
"I wanted to make a film on journeys of dreams – some lost amidst the growing violence and intolerance of today’s time, some still gasping for life, and some more that are not ready to succumb. The film is on simple human dreams and the dreamers," tells the poet-writer and filmmaker, adding that he still believes that warplanes want to fly far away from war zones just to remember the song of the sky.
The film Urojahaj starring Chandan Roy Sanyal and Parno Mittra in the lead has been selected to be featured in the Maestro section of the festival and will be screened at Nandan on November 11 at 7.15 pm.