Film Preview: Srijon Bardhan’s Bangla Movie "Postmaster" Selected for Delhi Film Festival with Rajkahini and Teenkahon

By JP Mandal (reporter), Asmita Mukherjee (editor)

Bengali Actress Pujarini in Postmaster (Bangla, 2015) Movie
Bengali Actress Pujarini in a still from Postmaster (2015)

Kolkata, November 29, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio): ‘Postmaster’, a Bengali movie based on Tagore's eponymous short story, is all set to be screened  in the prestigious Delhi International Film Festival this year. The film will participate in the competitive section of the festival along with the two other Bengali movies: the much acclaimed  "Rajkahini" by Srijit Mukherji, and the highly appreciated by both the national and international viewers and winner of quite a few prestigious international film awards "Teenkahon" by Bauddhayan Mukherjee. The festival will be held from 5th to 10th December 2015.

Bengali Actors Ishaan Majumder and Pujarini in Postmaster (Bangla, 2015) Movie
Actors Ishaan Majumder and Pujarini in Postmaster (2015)

Debutant writer, director and composer Srijon Bardhan seemed very excited about the selection of his film  in the Delhi film festival. He said, “Romance is universal and love-life blooms in nature in its own course; there is no limiting boundary to regulate it. I have shown it in my film through the characters of Nanda Sen and Ratna.”

The director is also the story-writer and music composer of the film. He narrated a synopsis of Postmaster to WBRi like this:

Born in a family of luminaries, Nanda Sen's journey of  life allows him to settle in the village of Plassey as the local post-office postmaster away from hustle and bustle of big city.  His shock on reality of a village lifestyle is comforted by an orphan girl Ratna, working as a domestic help for Nanda.

As days pass by Nanda’s affection for Ratna's simplicity grows more and he falls in love with her.

Opposed by his father Raghab Sen, Nanda goes against his wishes to start a family with his beloved Ratna. However, things take a grave turn when Raghab Sen falls severely ill and calls his son.

Blue blood speaks even on his deathbed and Raghab emotionally blackmails his son to abandon Ratna and his coming child to marry a suitable girl of Raghab's choice. Unable to refute his father's last wish Nanda goes back to the village, and moments later Ratna delivers a baby boy.

Vacillating between  his father's wishes and his new responsibilities towards the family the postmaster escapes by leaving Ratna and the baby after keeping only a letter by their side.

Anirban visits Nanda in hospital only to deliver his mother’s last letter. He confronts him informing about Ratna’s death. Nanda couldn’t bear this shock of repentance. He imagines his love Ratna and embraces her in divinity and breathes his last.

Director Srijon Bardhan and actor Rohan shooting for the Bengali film
Director Srijon Bardhan (right) and actor Rohan at shooting for Postmaster (2015)

The role of Nanda Sen has been  portrayed by Ishaan Majumder while Bengali actress Pujarini will be seen as Ratna. The film also stars Rohan, Kalyan Chatterjee, Tulika Basu and Biswajit Chakrabarty in pivotal roles.

Compositions of  Rabindranath Tagore and Lalan Fakir have been used in the film in an engaging style. Rana Dasgupta is the DOP of the film while Ujjal Nandy has edited it.

Postmaster after doing rounds in the festival circuit for next few months will have its commercial release in the middle of 2016.

Postmaster New Bengali Movie Poster