After the great success of Sujoy Ghosh’s Ahalya and the positive critical reviews from the audience and the critics alike, another director namely two time National Award winner Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury will be testing this short film ground with his film Debi.
Debi is about Anuradha, the daughter of the Basu Chowdhury family of Kolkata, who once again stepped inside the age-old mansion after she left this familiar world of her girlhood and moved overseas with the love of her life against strong family opposition. Today, Anuradha is going through a plethora of memories as she returns to her roots amidst the joy and mirth of Durga Puja festivities after twenty years. However, this homecoming of Anuradha’s is very special since she is accompanied by her daughter Lali – for whom this is not just homecoming but a journey of discovery, love and searching for one’s own roots through the gastronomical route against the festive backdrop of Durga Puja. This home-coming gets two different dimensions for the mother-daughter duo as the surrounding gets soaked in the festive mood of Durga Puja.
“Debi” is Aniruddha’s first internet venture of 13minutes and boasts of a stellar cast like Ananya Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Kaushik Banerjee, Monali Thakur. Noted singer Anupam Roy, has composed the film’s music as well as lent his voice too and Srijato has penned the lyrics for “Debi”. Acclaimed cinematographer Ranjan Palit is the director of photography in this film, while the screenplay is by Shyamal Sengupta.
To be released on the digital platform, “Debi” is produced by Opus Communications and presented by Emami Healthy & Tasty, a popular edible oil brand from the house of Emami Group. The film is shot in the heritage backdrop of the Lahabari and the old lanes and by lanes of North Kolkata.
Speaking about the film, Mr. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, director of Debi, said, “Capturing the audience interest within a span of few minutes while narrating a complete story is challenging for any filmmaker. Through laptops, tablets, smart phones, this is a great opportunity to enter into the very “me-time” of a viewer while he or she is surfing the net at work or leisure or getting connected through a smart devices while on transit.”
Debi is going to be released on the 10th of October, 2015. The film can also be viewed on YouTube.