April 18, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Kono Ek Meye is a Bengali short film directed by Kolkata based independent filmmaker Indranil Banerjee with Sonali Chatterjee, Rituparna Biswas, Samrat Banerjee, Soumik Ranjan and others in the cast.
Indranil has made two documentary films and one short film so far. One of his documentaries titled “Shikar Utsav” has been selected for CMS Vatavaran last year and many other festivals.
Indranil is currently working in IBM India as a media designer and has recently completed ‘Kono Ek Meye’, his first short fiction of 30 minutes as writer-director.
Speaking about the challenges faced by short filmmakers, Indranil says, “The problems faced by short film makers anywhere in the country are not unknown to anyone. Frankly speaking, there is no scene for short films in India. Students, who are studying various aspects of filmmaking, make few short films as their projects. Rest who are interested to make short films; don’t know what to do after making the film.”
Regarding his current film ‘Kono Ek Meye’ the filmmaker shares, “It is a Bengali film, which is very much offbeat and the screenplay and making are also a bit different from the regular mainstream procedure. It will approach to every individual and they will feel the presence of this relationship through them.”
Indranil plans to take his film to different film festivals in India.
Kono Ek Meye – Bengali Short Film
“The human race has made a rapid progress through the history, from living in a cave to space walk, from dark ages to renaissance, from illiteracy to computer age. However, through all these changes one fact has not changed at all and that is cruelty to women. Women have been subjects of atrocity by superstitions, religions, traditions and male egos.
Women need to think highly about themselves, respect their nature and gender and shed the old images of women and make a new, respected entity of their own.”
A girl has born in a middle class family, an astrologer who is a family advisor and’ tantric’, was called to bless her, and from as early as her six years of age, were mistreated and used as sexual beings by her one and only uncle, her mother’s only brother, whom she trusted the most. She dreams of something very scary and mother took her to the astrologer. Astrologer advised her and told her to be more careful.
When she was in her teens, she loved a boy who after their strong relationship, proposed her for separation. She again felt lonely and helpless in this cruel world. She went to the astrologer and the astrologer again gave some advice and shown sympathy. She dreams about her sexual relationship with the boy but suddenly she sees her uncle with her on bed. She wakes up and the transition takes her to a middle aged girl who is already married now.
She now works in a private company and faces several dirty looks inside office from her colleagues. When she returns home, four street boys sit just beside her house everyday and chat, passes nasty comments on her. One day her office boss directly offers her to spend more time with him after office or in weekdays, to give him company. She was shocked and at night when she tries to express her feelings to her husband, she is raped by her husband, without her consent. When she wakes up one night with a dream, she again goes to an astrologer. Now the astrologer is shown and she questioned him why a woman in the society is always taken as a subject of sexual pleasure. Nobody ever cared about the pain and agony of a woman. Why all people behave like dogs to a woman. Finally the astrologer told her that she has a hidden power which creates this entire problem. He told her that in the next dark, she should come to her temple and they will meet. He also offered her doing sex with him, as a result, there will be a transformation of power from her to the astrologer, and the astrologer will be the most powerful saint in the world and she will get relief from every pain. Now she is totally down and depressed. While returning home, she saw those four boys were sitting and laughing in the same way. She feels very scary everyday to enter the lane but today she approached to them, and without them she saw as if her uncle, boyfriend, office boss and the astrologer is sitting. This was the protest against the society, her approach and felt this is the only way out.
I could have kept the three stories parallel, but bridged in-between in a chronological manner and it is the exact treatment what this film demands. Still, the three has no link in-between, as three phases are mostly individual in style, treatment, time, drama and flavor. This may be considered as a story of a girl or three different stories of three individuals. The three story does not represent any given time or situation. It’s a direct approach and message in its own dramatic way. As the plot thickens through constant breaks of the hackneyed chronological way of storytelling, the jump cuts, fades and dissolves exercise the intellect of the audience who are kept on the edge of their seats as they care and compare.
This is a movie of a new way of representation for visual and mental relief, yet sticking to the subject without making it much confusing, a process of going back and forth with proper tuning and rhythm.
Cast & Crew:
Adrika Banerjee – child artist
Cinematography – Siddhartha Dey
Editor – Ujjwal Mukherjee
Music Director – Tapan Sinha
Song – Nazrul song
Singer – Nupur
Production Manager – Sambhu Munshi
Chief Assistant Director – Sudip Nag
Story, Screenplay, Concept, Direction – Indranil Banerjee