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Bird of Dusk
2017 | India | 100 mins | Bengali (with English subtitles)
Directed by - Sangeeta Datta
Cast - Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Arjun Rampal, Konkona Sen Sharma, Nandita Das, Kaushik Ganguly, Anindya Chatterjee, Dorothee Wenner, Subhadip Sarkar

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Post-Screening discussion with director Sangeeta Datta

Synopsis: Indian writer- director Rituparno Ghosh from Bengal is an larger than life cultural icon whose influence spread far beyond his films. This documentary is pegged on the director’s own interviews and conversations (from archives) and his personal memoirs entitled First Person. Conversations with cast and crew feature Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Nandita Das, Arjun Rampal, Konkona Sen and Mir. Ghosh’s core crew cinematographer; Aveek Mukhopadhyay, editor Arghyakamal Mitra and music composer; Debajyoti Mishra discuss his craft of filmmaking.
International festival curators (Berlin/London/Spain) endorse the filmmaker’s position in the world cinescape. Rituparno lived and worked in the city of Kolkata which he loved dearly. His life and works are a product of his city and his culture. The story of Rituparno is interrelated to the changing cityscape of Kolkata as the film is shot over the course of a year. A young stage actor starts his inspired research on the filmmaker Ghosh. Finally, we see him perform the play Rituparno Ghosh at Tapan Theatre. Our film both shapes and is shaped by this search.

About the Director: Sangeeta Datta is a writer-film/theatre director-singer working between India and UK. Her award winning productions include: Life Goes On (feature film with Sharmila Tagore, Om Puri, Soha Ali Khan) The Dying Song and Gitanjali 100 (musical). She has completed her documentary on Rituparno Ghosh- Bird of Dusk (2017) which is on the international film festival circuit and a short film on Sister Nivedita (Margaret Noble) for the Nivedita Museum. She was Creative Producer on the six part series Tuning to You ( SD Arts 2016) telecast on Channel 4, UK.

Her documentary The Way I See It (on Indian women filmmakers) premiered at Creteil Film Festival ( France) and travelled widely in the festival circuit. Her dance-film project The Wife’s Letter was commissioned by Dance UK. Her short film Letter from an Ordinary Girl ( Sadharan Meye) has a contemporary take on Tagore’s famous poem.

Her books on cinema include Shyam Benegal; World Director Series (BFI) Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Art and Gender (Routledge) Essential Indian Films (forthcoming). She has numerous publications on Film and Literature in international academic journals.

A trained Rabindrasangeet singer, Sangeeta performs regularly and her recent concerts include the hugely acclaimed Independence Gala at Royal Festival Hall, London, Tagore’s Travelling Trunk at Cadogan Hall and the very popular concert series ANANT collaboration with Javed Akhtar and Soumik Datta (music published by Zee Music).

She is director of the arts company BAITHAK UK which promotes, dialogue, debate and new work from performing arts, literature and film. This year BAITHAK presented a highly acclaimed panel on Indian Cinema at BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television) featuring Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Farhan Akhtar.

A Ph. D. in English Literature, Sangeeta has many years of teaching and curating experience behind her, both in India and in London. She curates film seasons at British Film Institute and is a cultural commentator on radio and TV.

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