Kolkata, Dec 4, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): Ace director Gautam Ghosh has described ‘Moner Manush’ as a beautiful tryst with tolerance which is all the more relvant in the present situation.
“At a time when growing religious and cultural intolerance threatens to ensnare the present society, the film ‘Moner Manush’ finds its mark as an endorsement of tolerance, ” observed ace filmmaker Gautam Ghose.
”The film aims at spreading the works of the mystic poets, who did their job of religious and cultural assimilation, in an increasingly intolerant society ,” the non-conformist filmmaker told reporters before the film’s premiere here last evening.
”Today is a day of great joy as ‘Moner Manush’ is being shown in West Bengal and Bangladesh simultaneously. It is happening after ‘Padma Nadir Majhi’ when the film was released at the same time before all the Bengali people on the two sides of the Ganges ‘Padma Nadir Majhi’, based on the novel by legendary Bengali author Manik Bandyopadhyay, was another classic of Gautam Ghose, released in 1993.,” said an elated Ghose.
Speaking on the occasion, Bengali superstar Prosenjit, who plays ‘Lalon’ in the film, said, ”enacting Lalon has been a tough job.”
“Lalon’s songs helped me a lot to get into the skin of the character . It was a beautiful journey that we all [those associated with the film] went through.”
Ghose’s ”Moner Manush’ (The Quest), the story of 19th century mystic poet Lalon Faqir and his liberal sect, walked off with the Golden Peacock at the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji on Thursday.