Shovabazar Rajbari in North Kolkata is among the heritage buildings in the city. Many stories and facts about this Rajbari are found in the writings of authors and researchers. However not much is known about the women in the household. The status of the women in the house or the things they did to spend time is what will interest many of us now. Eminent director Satarupa Sanyal has directed a documentary titled Shovabazar Rajbarir Andarmahal. The special screening of the documentary took place recently.
Speaking at the occasion, director Satarupa Sanyal said “I initially did not want to make the film as there was not much material available. However after Aparajita Sorkel cajoled me to do the film, I accepted. Based on the information given by Kamala Devi Bourani, we have made the documentary on it”.
The director also revealed that since the budget was less, hence she opted for good actors and not stars for her film. This was also the reason why she made a documentary and not a feature film on the famous household of North Kolkata.
The documentary is of thirty minutes duration. Dev Gautam has composed the music of this documentary. The research work has been done by Aparajita Sorkel. The screenplay has been written by Satarupa Sanyal and Rajib Das.
Debosree played the role of Kamala Devi’s mother, Subhasish played Kamala’s brother-in-law Ramkrishna and Kamala’s grandmother has been enacted by Sharmila.
The main character of Kamala Devi has been enacted by Jiya. Speaking about her experience, the young actress said “I am extremely glad that I am making my acting debut by playing such a character in a film directed by Satarupa Sanyal. For the research, I have read the book Shovabazar Rajbarir Andarmahal, which has been written by my mother Aparajita Sorkel”. The actress also revealed that she had always wanted to be an actress and that acting in a film which is based on her mother’s book is purely coincidental.
The documentary Shovabazar Rajbarir Andarmahal therefore enables us a peek into the life of the women of this illustrious North Kolkata household.
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