Director Reema Mukherjee talks about her debut Hindi feature film ARDHANGINI EK ARDHSATYA (2011) - Interview

By Bidisha Bagchi

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[Ardhangini Ek Ardhasatya]Michigan, USA, March 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Reema Mukherjee is a debutant director and her first step into the film industry is with Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya, the Hindi feature film adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Ghare Bairey.’ Reema took some time out of her busy schedule and spoke to WBRi about her current project and even about the upcoming ones.

So, how did this idea of directing a film come to her mind? She said, it was probably within her. Not that she had assisted someone and came to love making a film. It was ten years back that she realized her interest and that’s how it all started.

She chose the film to be made in Hindi because the language is the official one of our country and the reach is far more than any other regional language.
She has taken noted Bengali actress Sreelekha Mitra (interview) to play the role of Bimala. The other roles would be played by Subrata Dutta or Subrat Dutt (interview) as he is known in Bollywood, Subodh Bhave, Reema Lagoo, Varsha Usgaonkar and Manoj Mitra, who was also there in the Bengali film adaptation of Tagore's story famously directed by Satyajit Ray.

When asked whether this film would be compared with the Bengali one, she says there could be some and she doesn’t mind if there is any. She has not gone for any promotion or big time introduction for the film and kept it as simple as possible, therefore comparisons and criticisms would be there.

Reema talks about two options she had when choosing a film to make - either Shesher Kobita or Ghare Bairey. She chose the latter because the story had impacted her and she had decided long back that if she ever made a film, it would be Ghare Bairey. This film, Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya has been written, produced and directed by Reema.

Next, she plans to do a film for children called Googly pe googly also based on a story is by her. The other film she is commencing on would be women oriented and would deal with the effects of bad lifestyle on life.