Director Prasun Chatterjee’s Bengali debut function, Dostojee (Two Buddies), which is co-produced by his banner Kathak Talkies, is a young movie about two little buddies in a Bengali border village. The movie is ready to have a world premiere within the ‘Love’ strand of the 65th BFI London Movie Pageant (October 6-17).
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The movie captures the harmless friendship of two boys in a distant Bengali border village in West Bengal’s Domkal (Murshidabad), separated from Bangladesh by river Padma. The thick-as-thieves friendship of the eight-year-olds Palash (Asif Shaikh) and Safikul (Arif Shaikh) transcends the obstacles constructed by faith and society. This distant village, nevertheless, isn’t untouched by echoes of Babri Masjid demolition and the next ’92-93 Bombay blasts. In a tragic flip of occasions, the 2 buddies are parted. However do friendships finish when buddies go away? How do they face their first farewell?
The 111-minute movie in color, shot on 5.1 Scope lens, has been magnificently shot by first-time cinematographer Tuhin Biswas. A nonetheless photographer and primary-school instructor in West Bengal’s Nadia district, he was not sure in regards to the video format, till Chatterjee informed him, “That is images too, simply consider these as 24 stills per second”. The director informed Indian The Press Reporter final yr that the movie is about “broader humanism, rising above all discrimination, seen by the lens of innocence”.
From paper to display screen, it’s been a seven-year journey since 2013, from scripting, crowdfunding to discovering co-producers Prosenjit Ranjan Nath and Soumya Mukhopadhyay of Cherrypix Films in 2017, and Taiwan’s Ivy Yu-Hua Shen after NFDC Movie Bazaar chosen Dostojee in November 2019 in its Recommends part. It was amongst 5 movies chosen by NFDC to ‘Goes to Cannes’ in June 2020. The movie will now have a world premiere this month at BFI London Movie Pageant and can quickly have its India premiere.
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The British Movie Institute (BFI) Southbank (October 12) screening is already “bought out”. The Indian and Bangladeshi diaspora, amongst different folks in London, appears desirous to catch the movie. In case you are in London, and wish to watch the movie, tickets are nonetheless accessible for the screening at Institute of Modern Arts (go to https://www.ica.artwork/movies/two-friends). The screening might be held on October 14.