Sujoy Ghosh’s Short Film Anukul; Based on a Short Story By Satyajit Ray

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Video: Sujoy Ghosh’s Short Film Anukul

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presented Anukul, a short story written by Satyajit Ray. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, the film stars Parambrata Chatterjee, Kharaj Mukherjee, Saurabh Shukla in pivotal roles.

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The short story was written in 1976. The story is about a Hindi teacher Nikunj Chaturvedi who hires Anukul from Chowringhee Robot Services. Nikunj finds in Anukul a sincere and diligent student. What happens next? The film shows the changing relationship between a human and a robot.

Parambrata Chatterjee who played Anukul in the film said “This has been a great honour to be a part of this film. Mr. Ray’s story, Sujoy Ghosh’s direction and Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films all make it simply irresistible. I know Sujoy da since the last seven years and I did not think twice when he asked me to do the film”.

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The actor also added that he had thought of portraying Anukul in a much more robotic kind of way. But it was due to the director’s wish that he portrayed the character of Anukul in a much more humane way. “He also told me to keep my eyes as still as possible. Otherwise I was to act as humanely as possible. Hope I have done justice to the role” added the actor.
Sujoy Ghosh who had read the story as a young kid was always in awe of the story as it could fit in any time. He also thanked Royal Stag for financially helping him out as these kinds of sci-fi films require a good amount of money.

When asked whether he will be making a sci-fi film in future, the director said that he will make one only if he has a willing producer to finance the project.

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On being asked about feature films and short films, Sujoy Ghosh said “For me both are films. One has a bigger duration and the other has a shorter duration. Otherwise both are the same. The amount of hard work I put in making a feature film has been put in making this short film too”.

After the success of Ahalya, Sujoy Ghosh is surely to taste success with Anukul.

Priyanka Dutta

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