Interview of Rajaditya Banerjee on his illustrious brother and film maker, the late Bappaditya Bandyopadhyay. Part IV.


Today, August 28th, has been the Birthday of late film maker Bappadityo Bandyopadhyay. His younger brother Rajaditya Banerjee, pays his tribute to this celluloid persona who always did things differently and made his special mark in the cine world. In this concluding part of a series of interview, WBRI joins Rajaditya in paying homage. It is a walk in the path of nostalgia, reminiscing the late director's life's journey, while in conversation with Brinda Mallick. He talks at length, on the works, the thoughts and creative endeavors of the illustrious director. 

 Brinda...Each of his film dealt with different reality and idealism or with idealistic reality ---
---(i) According to his perception what was actual reality ? 
---(ii) What was the ideology behind his reality ? 

Rajaditya.... Again I'm not qualified to talk about his cinemas or his ideas , but it seems to me , reality for him was not what was happening on the ground . To him reality was actually the ability to read between the lines and call spade a spade. He was brutally honest and fearless. Let me give you an example . In 2005 he made " Kaal " which means Time and here the protagonist was raped by the Indian Army . 

Dada got into lot of trouble with the Indian Censor Board , but he was a very brave and refused to budge. If he had a story to tell he would tell it in any way, irrespective of what the Censor board or mass thought. He was not nationalistic but strongly believed in humanism. He had the guts to condemn the crimes committed by the Indian Army Actually he believed he didn't belong to any country. Though he was born in India , lived in Kolkata all his life, he was very global in his approach and humanism was very important to him . So reality to him was the ability to read between the lines always or rather reality to him was to talk about the issues which we prefer to keep under the carpet. 

You were talking about his ideology . I would like to point out that his ideology was to present the truth no matter how weird it was. 
He was uncompromisingly original. 

Cinema as you know is a very powerful medium. Original filmmakers like him actually pointed it out that we have stopped thinking that we badly need to read between the lines and not believe everything that's presented to us. That's precisely what Ritwik Ghatak was trying to tell us… “ Bhabo..Bhabo..Bhaba practise koro .."

Needless to add that he was greatly influenced by India's greatest filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak and also by Fellini , Krzysztof Kieślowski, Tarkovski and other great European masters.. . So reality according to him was to present the truth and if reality tantamount to something weird and unacceptable to society dada always wanted to show it on celluloid at any cost.

If we are to introspect into Bappadityo's films, we can safely say that.." The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t." 
 Bappaditya's endeavors have always been relevant and hence Timeless. Happy Birthday to A Man who will always be remembered as the One who always gave his best Shot.