Submitted by WBRi on Sun, 10/30/2011 - 00:40.
DC, Oct 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sourav Mukhopadhyay is a
great theater enthusiast and has made numerous films for TV channels
from the mid 1990s. Zameen (Bengali, 2011) is his first full-length
feature film. Before commencing on making films, Sourav and his theater
group have presented many nationally and internationally acclaimed
theater productions, and has performed on stage across the world. Sourav
chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this audio interview about his career in film-making and the
film Zameen in a greater context of how land-owners are affected in the
recent construction boom of highrise apartment buildings in and around
Sourav draws a very interesting parallel to the difference between
news-papers and books while describing the challenges in making a
full-length feature and a tee-film.
Zameen, or Jamin or Jomin, is a Bengali word that refers to
land-owners. The word was in mainstream use till just before the rule of
Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah. (1729 - 1757). Sourav describes how he strives
to use celluloid as a means of expressing his emotions and rebellion
against prevalent social trends, which often results in films that are
of a different kind with a strong message.
The real-estate development boom in all rapidly growing Indian
cities, including Kolkata, are resulting in a congestion of
multi-storied buildings in previously natural serene areas. Lakes, open
fields and playgrounds are disappearing rapidly - kids are being forced
to play on the rooftops of buildings.
Zameen focuses on the impact on the owners of the land that thee
buildings are being constructed. The land is given away by the owners
sometimes under pressure or duress, at other times by sweet-sounding
deals. Such deals may take the form of dedicating a part of the building
to the land-owner's name, or such perks - but the fact remains that the
land was given by the owner under pressure in the first place, often
times for a much lower price than the real value unless the land-owner
had the proper contacts in the political system.
The events in Zameen are centered around a septuagenarian woman,
owner of a big chunk of land in a small town not far from the city. She
stands up against huge pressure put on by the political-criminal nexus,
and her strong opposition results in her murder with her body found at
the railway tracks. Her son and daughter-in-law are then put through
tremendous pressure to sell the property.
Zameen stars veteran actress Supriya Devi who portrays the
septuagenarian mother, Dulal Lahiri as the real-estate promoter, Sunil
Mukherjee as a senior resident of the town, Dolon Roy has portrayed
three phases of a woman's life - wife, mother and senior member of the
family, Oindrila Chakraborty as the daughter-in-law, Sambhu Chakraborty
as a businessman of different shades with a business in Burrabazar, and
The film has eight songs - one popular prabhati sangeet and seven
Rabindrasangeet songs all performed true to Tagore's compositions.
Singers include Tarun Sarkar, Moitreyiee, Subhashish Das Sharma, Shiuli
Pal and Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta.
Sourav's next film is titled ANURADHA EKA. It is a story of a woman
who is most valued for her monetary status and her ability to support
the financial needs of everyone around her - her family, friends and
society. Spectacularly successful as an internationally acclaimed
danseuse, she however is a very lonely woman, since the moment her
relationships transcend her financial status, she finds herself alone.
Here are some production stills from Zameen (Bengali, 2011):
The following is quoted from the official synopsis of Sourav's upcoming full-length debut Bengali feature film Zameen ...