Goutam Ghose's Award-Winning Feature Film Moner Manush (2010) Worldwide Television Premiere

By Aditya Chakraborty

Goutam Ghose
Goutam Ghose - Picture Quality as Submitted by Aditya Chakraborty

Calcutta, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Moner Manush, internationally acclaimed film-maker Gautam Ghosh’s (Exclusive Interview) latest film on Lalan Fakir produced by Rose Valley Films where Prasenjit Chatterjee (Exclusive Interview) has delivered a performance of a lifetime has achieved phenomenal success commercially as it had a run of more than 100 days. The joint Indian-Bangladeshi effort has bagged the Golden Peacock award at the IFFI, Goa and also the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.

Ghose recently interacted with the media at the Sector V office of the Rose Valley Group and said that the film had exceeded all his expectations because the subject matter is neither exactly commercially feasible, nor for every ordinary film goer, but the film’s stupendous success surprised him.

Moner Manush will have a grand world TV premiere on 26th June and will reach out to many more people who have yet to see the film and be influenced by the teachings of Lalan.

Moner Manush is available on DVD format in USA and world-wide on sale online - click here to order your copy of the DVD.

Rabindranath Tagore's elder brother Jyotirindranath Tagore, a Western educated bright young man from the 19th century Bengal met the octogenarian Lalan Fakir and drew a portrait of the poet saint in the former houseboat afloat on the river Padma. Jyotirindranath, an urban intellectual exchange views with the man of native wisdom. Their exchange of ideas forms the cinematic narrative of this film. The narrative is a saga of the life and time of Lalan Fakir and his liberal sect who lived a life of high order in an otherwise superstitious 19th century Indian society. Lalan inherited the best of the liberal and enlightened tradition of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam to develop a philosophy of life which is extremely secular and tolerant. Thus became an easy prey for the fundamentalists from the Hindu and the Muslim institutions. They were the parallel stream flowing freely in the heart of rural Bengal when men like Tagore were germinating ideas of the Bengal Renaissance.

The love and compassion of Lalan is relevant more than ever in today's world of intolerance and hate.

Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Paoli Dam, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Raisul Islam Asad, Gulshan Ara Akhtar (Champa), Jisan, Hasan Imam, Deepa Podder, Shormi, Chanchal Chowdhury, Shantilal Mukherjee, Anirban Guha
Director: Goutam Ghose
Music Director: Goutam Ghose
Story: Sunil Ganguly
- Making of the Film
- Behind the Camera