Theatrical Trailer of Antim Shwas Sundar
April 17 (Washington Bangla Radio) Antim Shwas Sundar (Last Breath Beautiful) is a Kolkata Bengali movie by Kris Alin. Writer-director Kris Alin writes, "I was born to be a story-teller. I went through various kinds of businesses of my own before finally putting together my first film. It was a joy to work with competent professionals and quite a surprise to observe myself emerging through the experience with greater confidence. I was happy to see that I have the makings of a professional film maker who can handle what it takes to make things work.
As my pen name and screen name I would like to use 'Kris Alin' instead of Anil Harbhajnaka, because I like it that way. I also chose the name because it contains Krishna, Christ, Allah and my original name in it.
I believe this is just the beginning and there's lot more to come."
Photographs from Shooting and Stills from ANTIM SHWASH SUNDOR
Anil Harbhajanka was born in the early 1970s. Hailing from a business family in Kolkata that traces its roots to Sri Madhopur in Rajasthan, he was drawn to the creative arts fairly early in life. As he says, “Cinema has attracted me from the childhood. I have always had great fascination towards music and art, but having been brought up in a business oriented family, moving professionally towards an artistic field was tough.”
In order to bring his dreams closer to fruition in a practical sense he acquired a Diploma in Film Studies from the Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida.
Over time the urge to become a film maker became stronger and Anil began writing a few scripts that he thought he would sell to producers. However, later he decided to strike out on his own instead. As he explains, “though I had little professional experience, there was a powerful urge coming straight from the heart that inspired me to take the plunge and make my directorial debut with Last Breath Beautiful.”
Anil says that it was a treat to work with seasoned artists in a beautiful environment where the work culture was excellent and the cast and crew lent great support.
Interestingly, Anil has chosen to use the pseudonym Kris Alin as a director.
Having found making the first film a satisfactory experience, he says he is now sure about his calling in life and will continue to make “more films in the style dictated by my heart and mind”.
Can a philosopher's stone turn everything in life to gold? Can it become the elixir of life?
And what is life? Is it a journey where one’s achievements are measured in terms of material prosperity or is it the attainment of a certain state that is best described as the inexhaustible sweetness of serenity that comes from cherishing what one has as opposed to vying for what others seem to have.
The film Antim Swash Sundar (Last Breath Beautiful) delves into these complex but realistic issues that confront the urban middle class today where consumerist modes of thought and action are increasingly on the rise.
Featuring seasoned veterans Subrata Dutta and Indrani Halder in the lead roles, Last Breath Beautiful explores the stories of individual lives reflecting contemporary social attitudes, climaxing with the shattering of the human ego which finally paves the way for the emergence of a new man or the Essential Man.
One either breaks down or breaks free. Here the protagonist breaks free and experiences the bliss of the moment, celebrating the last breath of his life as if he were savoring the enigma of life itself.
As principal protagonist Prem Sengupta grapples with the conflict between his idealism and principles on the one hand and the dreams and aspirations of his vivacious wife Vibha on the other, a chance encounter puts a magic pendant in his hands. Said to have mystical powers, the pendant propels Prem from being a small time employee of a firm to a powerful industrialist whose every wish seems to come true.
However, woven into the tapestry of this tale of apparent success is a dark underbelly. A world where both Prem and Vibha make choices that will push them down the slippery slope to imminent downfall. Over time, in the pursuit of wealth and pleasure, both Prem and Vibha lose their ethics, scruples and moral sensibilities. They are now increasingly enmeshed in a world where passion, lust, greed and a desire for revenge have turned into a combustible fuel that burns the characters’ very souls from within. Though the pendant has brought them great material benefits it seems to have come at a tremendous cost – the loss of simplicity and inner peace that makes life bearable.
Unknown to the protagonist however, the pendant comes with a timeline. At the end of which the owner of the pendant is fated to die. On discovering this hitherto unknown fact, Prem returns the pendant to the powerful mystic to whom it originally belonged and prepares to face the end with calm equanimity having realized that wealth alone is worth very little in the absence of happiness.
Prem - Subrata Dutta
Vibha - Indrani Haldar
Mystic - Paran Bandopadhaya
Alka - Swagota Mukherjee
Sarda - Kaushik Banerjee
Mehra - Kunal Padhy
Patel - Devdoot Ghosh
Anjali - Sanjukta Roychowdhury
Rao - Punya Darshan Gupta
Raghu - Prakash Sharma
Arti - Surangana
Film Songs in Soundtrack OST
Rashid Khan - Satrangi
Kailash Kher - Rasiyan
Sunidhi Chauhan - Ui Amma
Rupam Islam & Renee Mansata - Ami Achi (Bengali) Mein Hoon (Hindi)
Dohar (Kalika Prasad) - Rini Jhini
Rahul Guha Roy - Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Runtime 105 mins
Reel 6 (Jumbo)
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Sound Mix Dolby Digital Surround EX
Filming Locations Kolkata, Digha
Camera RED ONE (4K RAW)
Anil Harbhajanka: Phone +91 983 065 2590
33/1 Netaji Subhas Road
Kolkata 700001 India
Phone: +91 33 3028 8674/75
Fax: +91 33 2230 8648