Moner Manush (The Quest)-first Bengali film to release simultaneously in Bangladesh and West Bengal in 50 years

Moner Manush Bengali Film - Prosenjit
Moner Manush Bengali Film - Prosenjit

Panaji, December 5, 2010 (IBNS) After 58 years since the last Bengali film was simultaneously released in both East and West Bengal, Goutam Ghose’s latest creation Moner Manush (The Quest) is now  the first film to get the honors.

An Indo-Bangladesh coproduction, the film has released on December 3, with more than 110 prints in both the countries, considered to be a big release for a regional cinema.

With a satisfied look on his face, Ghose, the director of the film, said he was excited about project as it has its cast and crew from both the sides of the border.

“With the help of cinema we can help to bridge the gap between the people of both the countries,” Ghose told media here on Friday.

His film is being screened at the Indian Panorama Section of IFFI, 2010.

Talking about the subject of the film, Ghose said, “The love and compassion of Lalan is relevant more than ever in today’s world of intolerance and hate.”

Actor Priyanshu Chatterjee, who plays Jyotirindranath Tagore in the film, said that he was delighted to work with Goutam Ghose on the project ‘as the whole package was attractive and challenging’.

Talking about the music, Ghose said that the music is the integral part of not only the film but also it is part of the script as Lalan used to communicate through verses.

Rabindranath Tagore’s elder brother Jyotirindranath Tagore, an urban intellectual, meets the octogenarian Lalan faqir and exchanges views with this man of native wisdom. This exchange of ideas forms the cinematic narrative of the film.

It is a saga of the life and times of Lalan Faqir and his liberal sect who lived a life of high order in an otherwise superstitious 19th century Indian society and developed an extremely secular and tolerant philosophy based on the best of the liberal and enlightened tradition of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. And, thus, became an easy prey for the Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists.

Based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay, the cast of the film includesProsenjit Chatterjee, Raisul Islam Asad, Chanchal Chowdhury, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Syed Hasan Imam, Gulshan Ara Champa, Paoli Dam and Shubhra.

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