Aparajita Tumi marks the return of National Award-winning filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Choudhury with his third film after a gap of a couple of years. It adds several landmarks to contemporary Bengali cinema. It can be defined as a truly global film.
It is based on a story by internationally renowned author Sunil Gangopadhyay. The title of the original literary work is Dui Nari Haatey Torobari. The film has been shot entirely in theUS following the place setting of the original story. It features the global Indian with stars and crew pooling in from different parts of the country and world to work in the film. It was shot over 17 days for 18 hours per day without a single break.
The final cut is that Aparajita Tumi has been acquired by Databazaar Media for distribution and exhibition in North America and Canada just on the eve of the film’s Indian release later this month. The cast of the film comprises of a colourful array of artistes. Prosenjit plays Pradeep, the male lead. The two women in his life are portrayed by Kamalini Mukherjee, who acts in films made in the South. She plays Ushashie who gets involved in a relationship with Pradeep. Padmapriya who is also from the southern parts, plays Pradeep’s wife Kuhu. Indraneil Sengupta plays Yusuf, an old college friend of Kuhu. He happens to be a blend of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Chandan Roy Sanyal is based in Mumbai. In the film, he is Ranajoy, Ushashie’s husband. Kalyan Ray, who teaches literature at the US University, has a short but significant role in the film.
Aniruddha Roychoudhury’s films are renowned for their delicate, subtle nuances that explore man-woman relationships within different culturescapes even if they are rooted in Kolkata as Antaheen was. The storylines are unusual too. Aparajita Tumi zeroes in on feelings if loneliness that begins to haunt people whose personal lives are in a kind of emotional stasis.
Ranjan Palit, Kolkata-based, is director of photography while Mumbai-based Santanu Moitra has scored the music with Shreya Ghosal pitching in with her golden honey voice. Shoojit Sircar, the producer, is an advertising magnate based in Mumbai. Interestingly, most of the artistes and crew involved in the film have won National Awards. Kamalini Mukherjee, Padmapriya, Shreya Ghosal, Prosenjit, Ranjan Palit and director Aniruddha Roychoudhury are National Award winners. This is a rare event in Bengali cinema and this invests the film with a truly global and unique identity.
Add to this the picturesque landscape where the film has been shot in a hectic schedule filled with layers of beauty of places like San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, and Pescadero in California. Databazaar Media’s intervention in acquiring the North American and Canadian distribution rights of the film is ideal because the NRI Bengalis will closely identify with the film in terms of its place and time setting, its main characters and their conflicts and interactions. The Bengalis in India will vicariously thrill in watching their long-cherished dreams of an America they have never been to on celluloid through this film.