Third time lucky!

Veteran ad filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury won the National Award for the Best Bengali film with his first film Anuranan. His second film Antaheen won the National Award for the Best Feature Film and three more awards. Now he returns with Aparajita Tumi.

Written by Shoma A. Chatterji | Published: February 10, 2012 4:39 pm

“I read Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Dui Nari Haate Torobari (Two Women And A Sword In The Hand) four years ago. It somehow related to my frequent visits to the US in the recent past. The original story is set against the US backdrop so we shot the film there,” says Aniruddha about his film. He adds,“I have experienced the terrible feeling of homesickness they live in. They call up their families just to listen to sounds of cups and saucers back home,or of a passing tramcar in Kolkata. Sunilda’s story is linked to this experience. They are lonely even within their affluence and their families.”

Aniruddha seems to have a special affinity towards relationship films. Is Aparajita Tumi also one such film? “I am not very conscious of doing only relationship films. I like to explore the human mind. My last two films have left many areas unexplored. I wished to explore those areas and even as I read the story and pondered over it,it struck me that human life is the most unpredictable thing. Anything can happen to anyone at any time without rhyme or reason. I explore myself through my films. I might do a thriller next time,who knows?” The bottom line of the film is “Life beyond right or wrong.” This non-judgmental approach towards man-woman relationships has been taken because,says the filmmaker,“Who am I to make value judgments or even to decide that a marriage has gone sour or a person has gone ‘astray’? These are social constructs we need to strip ourselves of. This is what I sought to establish.” The US backdrop helped to bring out the contradiction in the lives of the characters in his film. He says that Aparajita Tumi is a high-budget film and exploring it was easier within the US ambience with its lovely landscapes juxtaposed against the emotional stasis in the lives of the characters. He says the US landscape throws up a picture of perfection while the characters come out as imperfect. But somewhere, the lines between perfection and imperfection get blurred depending on the flux in your perspective,felt the director.

The titles of all the three films Aniruddha has directed begins with the letter ‘A’. When queried if this is a special weakness,the director clarifies that ‘A’ is significant as it is the first letter in the English alphabet. It is also the first letter in his first name. But the most importantly he believes in the significance of words that has great meaning,moves beyond the film and remains with you. “Like,Anuranan means resonance while Antaheen means eternal. Aparajita Tumi perhaps speaks of hope people can draw from and turn loss into victory when things seem hopeless. It depends on the way you look at it. It means ‘Victory is yours’,he sums up.

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