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Special Screening of Documentary Shovabazar Rajbarir Andarmahal; A Film By Director Satarupa Sanyal


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.

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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.

Priyanka Dutta

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Kolkata International Short Film Festival 2016 Inaugurated

Video: Kolkata International Short Film Festival Inauguration

“With the advent of technology, there have been some good changes. For instance we now have smart phones in our hands and this has given the chance to budding film makers to make short films and show it to the audience. However the drawback is that not everyone with a camera can become a film maker. However the growing importance of short films cannot be negated as both famous directors as well as budding film makers are taking this way to reach out to the audience” said director Shekhar Das at the inauguration of the Kolkata International Short Film Festival 2016.


The inaugural event also saw the presence of eminent dignitaries like Gautam Ghosh, Bimal Dey, Sumanta Roy and others. Short film maker and journalist Chandan Dodo Ray performed a medley of songs at the inaugural event and kept the audiences mesmerized.


Organized by Kolkata Cine-Docu-Short Foundation, the three day long festival will have thirty short films and documentaries being shown to the audience. Some of the short films and documentaries which will be shown include wheel Chair (Joy Chakraborty), Sadharan Meyer Galpo and Enlightened (Chandan Dodo Ray), Parampara (Debjoy Banerjee), Sesher Kobita (Rajdeep Bose), Pootoo (Sovan Dasgupta), Khoj (Suraj Mallick), Khal Nayak (Siddharth Banerjee), Fledge (Subhasish Mitra) and others.


The special Jury will judge and award prizes in various sections namely Best Short Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short film Actor, Best Short film Actress, Best short film Music, Special jury award for short film, Best short film music and so on.

A special award will go to the director of a short film which scored the maximum number of votes from the audience who watched these films at the festival.

Festivals of this will surely be a huge boost for the budding film makers and also provide them with a platform to showcase their talents.

Priyanka Dutta

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