Rituparno Ghosh Talks About the Film MEMORIES IN MARCH (2010) - Interview


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[Memories In March Online Release Film Poster]Washington, DC, March 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed Indian film-maker Rituparno Ghosh chats with Devasish Ray on WBRi about the film Memories In March written by Ghosh and in which Ghosh appears as an actor playing a lead role. Memories In March is the first film coming out of Tollywood (the Bengali Film industry centered in Kolkata, West Bengal, India) that will open in theaters in India as well online across the world simultaneously on April 1, 2011 via US-based Databazaar Media Ventures who are making the film available on its IPTV channel Databazaar Media, as well as on its web streaming portal, Dingora.com.

Incidentally, it may be recalled that Washington Bangla Radio had enabled the first simultaneous global release of a music album from Kolkata a few years ago - the album Bhromor by baul-jazz fusion band  Brahmakhepa was released by WBRi for world-wide MP3 digital download the same day the CD was released in stores in Kolkata.

Memories In March is directed by Sanjay Nag and stars Deepti Naval, Rituparno Ghosh and Raima Sen in leading roles. Music is composed by Debajyoti Mishra (WBRi interview). The story and screenplay are by Rituparno Ghosh, who also composed the lyrics of some songs for the film.

Ghosh, being a director himself, says the film is a project that they (the cast and crew) believed in, and though there are some directorial concerns, they do not bother him. Ghosh believes people across the world will love the film, even rejoice in it, given the film has a message.

About his thoughts on the gradual discovery of a mother of her son's sexual identity (after the accidental death of the son), Ghosh describes the story as being very intimate among three people. The mother is a complete stranger in the city her son lived in. She starts the process of gathering her son's belongings, and the film is not just about the discovery of her son having been gay (she has great difficulty accepting her son's sexuality), but also about how the mother feels she is, being a blood relation, should have the strongest claim to the memories of her son. Perhaps it is best to leave it that way, says Ghosh.

The mother's memories are, of course, different from those of others who were intimate with her son. The film is about rediscovering memories, which, Ghosh says, is a recurrent theme in his own films. Shob Charitra Kalponik (buy DVD online) for example, is also about a person who is rediscovered. Shob Charitra Kalponik has a star cast of Bipasha Basu, Prasenjit Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta, Paoli Dam and Sohag Sen and features music by Raja Narayan Deb and Sanjay Das.

Listen to Ghosh talk extensively in his discerning thoughtful way about various aspects of the film Memories In March from his unique perspective of the author of the story and the screen-play and as an actor in the film.

Interview Details:

Guest: Rituparno Ghosh, Calcutta
Host: Devasish Ray, USA (speaking from Calcutta)
Recording, Editing and Article: Supratim Sanyal, USA
Recorded On: March 30, 2010 22:30 EDT


[Devasish Ray - Washington Bangla Radio Host]Devasish Ray is a renowned Indian-American print and television journalist and a recipient of the Governor of Maryland award for outstanding journalism. Ray is a contributor to NPR, FOX, VOA and BBC. He holds many professional and charitable positions and is the CEO of Ray PR & Media. Ray is a media and public relations strategist and has launched and implemented successful media campaigns and advised several CEO's on media crisis management. He is also a consultant to numerous companies and non-profit organizations.