Anjan Das wraps up Bengali Film Banshiwalla

Santiniketan, which happens to be filmmaker Anjan Das’ favourite location jaunt, was once again the centre of his shooting for his latest film Banshiwalla based on a story by noted Bengali littérateur Sirsendu Mukhopadhyay.

ShirShendu Mukhopadhyay
ShirShendu Mukhopadhyay

July 12 (Calcutta Tube): Santiniketan, which happens to be filmmaker Anjan Das’ favourite location jaunt, was once again the centre of his shooting for his latest film Banshiwalla based on a story by noted Bengali littérateur Sirsendu Mukhopadhyay. It is about a young man Mridul (Shayan Munshi) who, not very successful in London, comes back to his village in Bolpur district to sell of his ancestral home and go back. Mridul can play the flute beautifully and a neighbouring girl Nipa (Paoli Dam) falls in love with Mridul and also with his flute. Soumitra Chatterjee plays Mastemoshai Haraprasanna who helps Mridul sell his ancestral house. There is a sub-plot with Lakshmi (Indrani Haldar) and Dinu (Koushik Sen) that forms a kind of parallel love story in the film. “Lakshmi is an unwed mother but is not embarrassed by the fact. Her sole support system is Mastermoshai, her father. Dinu is in love with her but she refuses his proposal because she harbours a secret about a particular relationship in the past. Mine is the most important character in the film,” informs Indrani with pride. Will Mridul go back with the sales proceeds of his property? Or will his renewed love for his roots, his deep affection for Mastermoshai, his blending in the nature of the village he belongs to and finally, Nipa’s love for him stop him from going away? Aseem Bose has done the cinematography of the film that will have music as a character and a metaphor. The film is soaked with songs of every genre in Bengali music – Baul, Rabindra Sangeet, Atul Prasad and folk. Jyotiska Dasgupta has done the musical score for the film. Rupa Nag is producing the film. The film has been shot almost entirely on location in different places in and around Bolpur. One of them is Bhubondanga, one is the naat mandir of Sudul Rajbari, around ten kilometers away from Bolpur. “I love to shoot in Bolpur and Santiniketan because these places remind me of my own village in Khulna,” Anjan sums up. Shayan took lessons in playing the flute for six months to get the fingering right.

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