The beauty of short films is the ability to say or narrate a lot with very few or no dialogues at all. If the above screened Bengali short film titled “ kept you on the edge, go ahead and watch these power-packed short film that tells better stories sans the glam and glory of a full-length feature film.
This short film titled as " An Infinite Search " begins with a sequence of a boy, a loner who has a sister, who had been sexually and emotionally abused by her fiancee. He is a powerful and influential person in that vicinity. As they have lost their parents, and the boy tries to bring a smile on the face of her sister and also tries to bag a job, but without luck, most of the places, he doesn't turn up for the interviews, his friends,and his fiancee is exasperated, and his fiancee breaks off their relation due to this uncertainty. he likes to write poems, and travel and be with nature, his sister encourages it.
She is very pleased to see some of his poems being published in magazines, one of his friend gives him an offer of money in exchange for his poems, the poems will be of his name. he refuses. one of his friends asks him to go and beg for a job from his sister's molester. he refuses. and suddenly one day, while he was lost in his thoughts, he is hit by a truck in the middle of the road and he dies. a boy, just like him, recovers his bag from the accident site.. and finds his diary, where he wrote everything, his poems, about his life.. and connects to it instantly.the film starts with the boy finding the bag and the diary too.
ABOUT POETESS SHRUTI GOSWAMI, SHE HAD PENNED THREE POEMS IN THE SHORT FILM
Shruti Goswami is an avid reader of prose; however, she finds her mode of expression in poetry. She is bold enough to expose her strong views on life and love. She believes everyone has a different way of expression, but creativity is a language that can be understood by all and sundry, and therefore, prefers to call herself a “translator of emotions”.
She is an Architect and Urban Planner by profession, was born and brought up in one of the premier industrial townships of Durgapur, West Bengal. She completed her schooling from Durgapur and then did her Bachelors’ in Architecture and Masters in Town and Regional Planning from B. E College, Shibpur ( now IIEST, Shibpur). Her father, also an engineer by profession, and her mother, a housewife, had inculcated in her a deep love for literature and music from an early age. She is inspired by the simple things in nature, and love is her deepest motivator because it gives her a spontaneous flow of deep emotions. Her poems have been published in several national and international Journals and Anthologies like Taj Mahal Review, Harvests of New Millennium, Scaling Heights, Heartstrings, Ink Spot Radio Show, Suvarnarekha, The World Anthology for Peace, Resonating String and in online poetry journals such as Fragrance. Her poems have also been recited on a radio show for poetry in Canada. She also writes short stories in Bengali and they have been published in several magazines like Palash Katha and Lipinagorik.
Three of her Bengali poems have been used in a short film and recently premiered in the Kolkata Short Film Festival called “Eshona” meaning “Quest”. Her first book, co-authored with poetess Ananya Chatterjee, “Another Soliloquy”, is a collection of 50 poems and was published in 2014. She has varied interest and travel is one of her favourite hobbies. She was also among the top 20 beauty contest finalists in Kolkata in 2013 in the contest” Deepti Ey Somoy” jointly organised by the Bengali vernacular “Ey Somoy” (under TOI) and Senco Gold from among 7000 contestants
ABOUT MOVIES OF WEST BENGAL
The cinema of West Bengal refers to the Indian Bengali language film production units based in the Toyygunge region of Kolkata in West Bengal, India. The origins of the nickname Tollywood, a portmanteau of the words Tollygunge and Hollywood , dates back to the year 1932.Although the industry's Gross Box-office is smaller, when compared to large market driven industries of the country such as Bollywood, Telugu movie world, and Tamil film industry, the Bengali film industry is known for producing many of Indian cinema’s most critically acclaimed global Parallel Cinema and art movies , with several of its filmmakers gaining international acclaim and prominence at the Indian National Film Awards. Modern Bengali cinema is known for re-inventing the cinematic norms from the poetically theoretical to the in-your-face physical and romantic fantasies, that which is evident in the western world.
Ever since Satyajit Ray’s “ Pather Panchali “ (means the song of the way ) released during the year 1955 was awarded Best Human Document at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, Bengali films frequently appeared in international stage and film festivals for the next several decades.This allowed Bengali filmmakers to reach a global audience. The most influential among them was Satyajit Ray, whose films became successful among European, American and Asian audiences. His work subsequently had a worldwide impact, with filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, James Ivory, Abbas Kiarostami, being influenced by his cinematic style, and many others such as Akira Kurosawa praising his work.
Another prominent Bengali filmmaker is Mrinal Sen, whose films have been well known for their Marxist views. During his career, Mrinal Sen's films have received awards from major film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, Montreal, Chicago, and Cairo. Retrospectives of his films have been shown in major cities of the world.
- WILLIAMSJI MAVELI
- SHRUTI GOSWAMI
My courtesy and thanks to Honorable Poetess Shruti Goswami for giving additional information on Bengali art movies and on the above short film - WILLIAMSJI MAVELI