March 21 (Calcutta Tube): ‘Maa’ is a short film (in Bengali) which attempts to promote communal harmony. It is a story of a Hindu- Muslim riot stricken day where a Hindu rioter and a Muslim rioter chased by respective communal mobs take shelter inside a garbage bin. Despite the fact that they had run for their lives their deep rooted communal hatred does not give away as they pounce upon each other inside the garbage bin. An old lady who too was there hiding stops them from killing each other telling them that they were brothers not enemies. The guys addressing the old lady as ‘mother’ are not convinced. But they are silenced when the old lady says…if I am mother to you both then you ought to be brothers.
The film is an effort to make us realize the damage communal war has done to the country and make us believe that religion is a path of love and love alone.
About the Director
Kiron Mukherjee, the writer-director of ‘Maa’, is a senior technician of the Bengali Film Industry having worked as an Assistant Director to a number of productions since more than a decade. He made his debut as an independent film director with ‘BISHER DHOAN’ – a telefilm in Bengali in 2003. ‘MAA’ is his first short film.
About the Producer
Take 5 Communications, the producer of ‘Maa’, is a creative organization working in areas like film making, event management, talent grooming, concept creation and advertising copy writing. The organization is headed by Tathagata Bhattacherjee, a film maker working since 1994.
Take 5 Communications has produced a number of short films (in English, Hindi and Bengali) which have travelled to several national and international film festivals. A number of budding film makers made their debut as independent directors with short films under the Take 5 banner.
Take 5 Communications organizes annual short film festivals in Kolkata and Jamshedpur. It plans to organize such festivals in other parts of the country as well to promote talent and generate serious business for short films which is lacking in the country as of now.
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