Director Anup Das on LIFE EXPRESS (2010) Audio Interview & Press Meet exclusive | Rituparna Sengupta, Divya Dutta


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Anup Das is the director of the Indian film LIFE EXPRESS (2010) that deals with the interesting subject of surrogate motherhood and contemporary urban Indian lifestyle that sometimes tends to leave little time for a career-oriented woman to have children.

Anup Das's previous short film RIKSHAWALLA has been critically acclaimed and screened in Film festivals in Germany and Calcutta. The film is about how a city that claims to be fast modernizing with Subways and contemporary forms of transportation still relies on human-pulled rickshaws to a large extent.

Anup Das has always been a film enthusiast, and taking a course in film-making and studying cinema at the library in Nandan reinforced his desire to make films. His work with award winning director Raja Sen was fruitful in terms of mastering the art of cinema as well.


Yashpal at the meet

Rituparna, Anup Das, Yashpal Sharma, Raja Sen

Rituparna, Yashpal, Anup Das, Raja Sen

Life Express is a new film on surrogate motherhood and is probably the first of it’s kind from Bollywood.It helps us to understand motherhood in a way which has never been shown before. It tells us about an urban couple Tanvi and Nikhil who do not have time for anything other than their careers but have to turn to a couple from rural India Mohon and Gauri who stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This film is about motherhood, love, aspirations and priorities people make have in their lives touching upon major social issues as well. The subject matter is a little complex, but very able actors and actresses have been chosen to play parts which befit them. The film directed by Anup Das (a first time director) stars our very own Rituparna Sengupta and Nikhil Janjani, Divya Dutta,Yashpal Sharma,Alok Nath,Anjan Srivastav - all brilliant actors and actresses in their own right. The music is Roop Kumar Rathod which is another big surprise and he has sung in the film as well as has Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal and Kalpana.

The film which will release on 17th Sept, had it’s press meet in Kolkata at Plush, The Astor in the presence of the director Anup Das, Rituparna and Yashpal Sharma. The film has been produced by Sky Motion Pictures who are producing a film for the first time.

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Anup says he initially considered making LIFE EXPRESS in Bengali, the first-time producer Sanjay Kalate naturally preferred Hindi because of his familiarity with the language.

Anup's next film will be a Bengali film about the new generation and teenage problems in a fast-changing social scenario, and about rural and urban teenage lives in Bengal.

The biological mother in LIFE EXPRESS is played by Tollywood Kolkata movie actress Rituparna Sengupta and the surrogate mother is played by  actress Divya Dutta of Punjab and Bollywood. Others in the cast include Kiran Janjani, Yashpal Sharma, Alok Nath, Nandita Puri, Dayashankar Pandey, Anjan Srivastav, Mohit Chauhan and Vijayendra Ghatge.