Bengali Short Film Oneker Moddhay Ekjon, by Kolkata Director Duo Indrasish Acharya and Tathagata Banerjee has been selected to feature in the Short Film Corner of Cannes Film Festival; a news that has not just made the Bengalis but the entire Film making fraternity of the country proud and in order to peep into the creative sphere of the unit of this celebrated short film, team Shholoana Bangaliana caught up with the entire crew of the movie and shared some interesting moments chatting with each member of the team.
Oneker Moddhay Ekjon, the concept of which is the brainchild of Director Indrasish Acharya (who also happens to be a PWC employee) is a story that talks about the subtleties of relationships and their fast eroding presence in our lives. Mr. Tathagata Banerjee who has already made over 60 tele-films and several short films has partnered with Mr. Acharya in bringing this complex yet beautiful concept scripted by Ms. Nivedita Dey to life on screen and the director duo has been duly assisted by Subhajit and the production managed by Debjoy along with Arijit playing the role of the overall problem solver.
The cast of Oneker Moddhe Ekjon comprises of accomplished actress Debleena whose previous short film Soti has already done the rounds of the Cannes Short Film Corner, First Timer Deepa, who right in her very first project has garnered praises for her acting from peers and Mr. Raja Mukherjee, who though quite happy to have had a chance to essay such a complex character also confesses that he is still quite clueless about the motivations of his character which seemed to have all shades of grey. Mr. Debjoy Mallick, who is actually an actor by profession had taken charge of managing the entire production and thus the tag of the most hated miser has also essayed a short but important role in the movie, thus adding to the film’s strength with his powerful acting.
Though the conversation with the team was more about the entire process of making the film, right from initiation of the project to the email that came in announcing their selection in the short film corner, few very pertinent questions related to the entire concept of making short films was also discussed at length. While talking about why people make short films, Mr. Acharya said, “Making short films is more of an addiction to me and I do this out of sheer love for this mode of expression of thoughts. Having said that, I would also like to say that, as many may think, it is not true that such films are made just for the love of the art without any material gains and I can say this as I have made good profits from my earlier films. In fact from my last film, Living Between the Lines I not only earned quite a lucrative sum but also got over eleven national and international awards. So the desire to make more such films is still blazing and I shall continue with my addiction of presenting more such interesting concepts on screen”. Adding on to the discussion, Mr. Tathagata Banerjee drew our attention towards the issues that short film makers working under tight budgetary constraints face owed to the lack of professionalism that is so prevalent in the Tollywood Film Industry. While recounting some such very unpleasant incidents, Mr. Banerjee also spoke about the difficulties that the production controller had to face while dealing with vendors who would just not stick to their word and staff who would unnecessarily create trouble and extend shift timings and thus the overall production cost.
This short film which eventually scaled its way to the short film corner of Cannes was sent as a last minute entry by Mr. Acharya and has definitely made the entire team proud and each team member is not only elated about its success but also hopes that it will act as a testimony of their talent for future work.
While talking about their first reactions on hearing the news of their movie’s selection in Cannes, Mr. Banerjee also shared snippets from one very interesting aspect of his life. Mr. Banerjee said that a few years back he had discovered that his father collects and keeps cuttings of all his newspaper reviews, public appearance reports and all other media reports in his two personal diaries and the fact that the news of Oneker Moddhe Ekjon going to the Cannes will again find a special place in his dad’s diary is probably his biggest and most precious reward.
Films and teams such as this act as a source of inspiration for the many short film makers that Kolkata has as one thing that was predominant in the entire course of making this film was the Love for Cinema and an in-depth knowledge of the art of storytelling.
We wish the team of Oneker Moddhay Ekjon All the Luck for their future ventures and hope that they continue to make us proud with wonderful presentations that are appreciated the world over by cinema lovers.
Bengali Short Film Oneker Moddhay Ekjon Team Interview (You Tube)