Film Preview: Rituparno Ghosh's NOUKA DUBI Releasing in Hindi as KASHMAKASH (2011) - Trailer, Synopsis

Kashmakash (Hindi, 2011) Trailer

[Kashmakash Poster]Calcutta, April 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rituparno Ghosh’s Bengali movie Noukadubi (Boat Wreck) is also releasing in Hindi as Kashmakash on May 20, 2011. The film stars Prosenjit Chatterjee (interview), Jishu Sengupta, Raima Sen and Ria Sen (the two grand-daughters of Suchitra Sen appear together for the first time) and others.

Subhash Ghai will release Noukadubi/Kashmakash under the banner of Mukta Arts Films.

Jishu Sengupta plays Ramesh, Raima Sen is Hemnalini and Riya Sen is Kamala. Prosenjit plays Dr. Nalinaksha Chatterjee.

Rituparno Ghosh is observing Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birthday with this film. Watch the trailer of Kashmakash - the Hindi version of the film.

The following information is from the official web-site of Mukta Arts Films:

Directed by : Rituparno Ghosh
Cast : Riya Sen, Raima Sen, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta
Supporting Cast : Dhritiman Chatterjee, Apratim Dhar, Sumanta Mukherjee, Sagar Mukherjee, Ammu Chatterjee, Maria Chatterjee
Director Of Photography : Soumik Halder
Sound : Dipankar Chaki/Anirban Sengupta
Art Direction : Indraneel Ghosh
Editor : Arghyakamal Mitra
Lyrics : Gulzar
Music : Sanjay Dazz/Raja Narayan Deb
Costume : Saborni Das

Synopsis :

[Kashmakash / Nouko Dubi poster]This is a period film set in the 1920s, based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore..

A tender romance blossoming in Kolkata between law student Ramesh and his friend�s sister Hemnalini, is nipped suddenly when his father sends an urgent and mysterious summons from his village home. There, the dutiful son is peremptorily ordered to marry Susheela, daughter of a hapless widow. Ramesh refuses. Confesses that his heart belongs to another. But the widow's fervent plea softens him ultimately. And he concedes, albeit with a heavy heart. The wedding takes place with due ceremony; and Ramesh sets out with his bride on a river boat journey back to Kolkata.

Soon a fierce storm arises; the boat tosses helplessly and finally capsizes in the churning waters. Later that night, Ramesh comes to his senses on a deserted shore under a starlit sky. Some distance away, he sees the unconscious form of a young bride. Her pulse is still beating, and in response to his voice calling 'Susheela' she opens her eyes at last. There is no one else in sight, alive or dead. The two move off, take a train to Kolkata, the bride wondering why they were not going to Kashi, but trusting his judgment implicitly.

[Kashmakash / Nouka Dubi wallpaper]Hem, his true love, knows nothing of all this. Ramesh has been missing from the evening of her birthday party. They have learnt of his hasty departure from the city, but nothing else. Though she pines inwardly, she is confident that he will return soon.

Back in Ramesh's new home in Kolkata, the facts of mistaken identity gradually come to light. She is Kamala not Susheela. Her husband is a doctor named Nalinaksha Chatterjee. Ramesh writes an advertisement to trace his whereabouts; but he does not have the heart to break this news to the helpless trusting young girl in his care. He puts her into a boarding school instead. But soon, Hem's would be suitor Akshay comes to know of Ramesh's secret and brings proof positive to Hem. Ramesh, unable to handle such a scandal, seeks hiding in Gorakhpur with Kamala.

A devastated Hem is brought to Kashi by her father to help her forget. There she meets Nalinaksha and they warm up to each other.

[Kashmakash / Nouka Dubi wallpaper]Kamala in the meanwhile having read the advertisement in an old newspaper, realizes the enormity of the lie she has been living, and walks out determined to drown herself in the river. Ramesh returns and finds her suicide note, searches everywhere to no avail. He does not know that she has been rescued by a courtesan and deposited in Kashi under Nalinaksha's mother's care. Kamala now sees her real husband for the first time, but cannot speak up, for he is betrothed to Hem.

Finally, the advertisement she keeps knotted in her saree is discovered, and the whole truth comes to light. Ramesh finally traces Nalinaksha and arrives at his house.

The whole sorry mess raises many questions of head and heart and the validity or otherwise of social conventions. We are left wondering whether true love will finally triumph.