Finely adopted from Rabindranath Tagore’s namesake play, Tasher Desh is the latest venture of Qaushiq Mukherjee who is better known as Q. In simple terms the film can be defined as a concept of revolution and change, but there a lot more to realize and understand. Tagore often comes as an inspiration to many modern writers and film makers. In fact, he is a perennial subject of admiration for art and culture loving Bengalis. According to Q himself, the play Tasher Desh came with different interpretations and relevance when he read the play at different ages. Q has made an effort to depict the play in celluloid that has witnessed his directorial skills in previous years.
Originally Tasher Desh was a dance opera, mainly conceptualized by Pratima Devi, the daughter in law of Rabindranath Tagore, but brought into life by Tagore himself. First staged in 1933, it was a satirical approach towards criticizing the British rule in India, though it did that quite delicately instead of taking resort to vehement and straightforward castigation. The story revolved around a prince who wants to set himself free from the confinements of his own mind and stir up some change. On his quest he leaves his palace and arrives at an island where people are called by the name of cards. It is a seemingly peaceful and orderly society but an undercurrent for a change always runs rampant among a few. The king of the land strongly puts rules and regulations in place but the prince is able to instill a mantra of revolution and liberation among the islanders thus bringing the downfall of the king.
Tasher Desh by Q is essentially a film with the idea of revolution and change at the centre of its story. Q has always been inclined to making such films that do not comply with mainstream commercial films. One may term his works as of cult genre and counter culture that deviate a lot from mainstream films. His critically acclaimed works include films like Bishh and Gandu that even won the Jury Award for Best Film at 2010 South Asian International Film Festival. It is often argued that Q uses too much obscene scenes in his films, as he has done in Gandu, but these repercussions are not enough to set him off the track. He himself opines that he loves to make extreme films and so extreme reactions are always expected.
Tasher Desh which is an international co-production, and is produced by NFDC (National Film Development Corporation Ltd), Overdose Joint, AKFPL (Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt Ltd), Dream Digital Inc. and Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium) is going to be released in Kolkata on 23rd August, 2013, though the world premiere of the film was done at the Rome Film Festival last year. It may be a bit tough for the average Indian audience to digest Q’s films but his works set milestones for future endeavors and Tasher Desh is set to do that once again.