Discussion on Srijit Mukherji’s upcoming Bengali film Rajkahini held at Presidency College; Effects of Partition on Women Discussed

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New Srijit Mukherji Film Rajkahini Stars talk about the Effects of Partition

An animated discussion recently took place at Presidency College auditorium to discuss the effect that the Partition had on women and also on the society in general. Present at the discussion were director Srijit Mukherji, Jaya Ahsan, Ridhima Ghosh, Rituparna Sengupta, Sohini Sarkar, Rudranil Ghosh, Jishu Sengupta, Kanchan Mullick and others.

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The film Rajkahini is set during the Partition of Bengal. What happens to the inmates of a brothel when the partition line divides the house and how they protect their freedom is what the film all about.

Director Srijit Mukherji stated that his urge to tell stories is the main force behind making the films. “When you ask whether my film is inspired by the film Subarnarekha, I feel privileged. However, I would like to say that I have never taken my work so seriously as to be compared with such a classic film. However, if anyone finds resemblances, I will say that my film is surely inspired by the classic film Subarnarekha”.

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Since the film will be releasing during the Pujas, the director highlighted that this will showcase women power in a new angle. “The women in the brothel house go against the government. Since they are sex workers, their rising against the government is of much importance and shows the women power. Durga puja is about women power and hence I thought of releasing the film now” added the director.

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Jaya Ahsan who will be seen in an important role in the film expressed her delight to be part of such a film. “I have heard many stories about families whose bedroom is in India while the kitchen is in Bangladesh after the Partition. We can understand the complexity that those individuals had to face. When I was approached for the film, I actually asked Srijit to focus on the accent and diction as people speak differently in various parts of Bangladesh. That will add variety and authenticity to the characters too”.

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The director also added that the amount of violence shown in the film was nothing as compared to the original violence that happened during the Partition. “I was shocked during the research at the things that one human being could do to a fellow human being. I have just tried to recreate the era without resorting to much violence” said Srijit Mukherji.

With a stellar cast, an ace director at the helm and some soul stirring music, Rajkahini is indeed a promising film to look forward to when it releases on the 16th of October.

Priyanka Dutta

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