Kantataar (2006) is an internationally critically acclaimed Bengali feature film by Bappaditya Bandopadhyay. The drama/mature film has a star cast of Sreelekha Mitra, Sudip Mukherjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Iqbal Sultan, Nimai Ghosh, Papiya Ghosal, Pradip Bhattacharya, Rupsa Ghosh, Shankar Debnath, Sudhin Adhikari and others. Music is by Abhijit Bose.
North American (USA-Canada) and Worldwide Bengali Movie KANTATAR DVD release
Moser Baer have released Kantatar on DVD and is available worldwide for US$1.50 (plus shipping). The DVD is in NTSC format, region free, and rated Adult. Click here to order the DVD online.
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The film has received numerous awards, too many to list here, including BFJA Awards(2007) - Best Actor In Supporting Role- Rudranil Ghosh, Best Actress- Sreelekha Mitra, Best Choreography Rana Dasgupta; Anandalok Awards 2006 - Best Actress-Sreelekha Mitra; Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2006; Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2006; Singapore International Film Festival, 2006; Raindance International Film Festival, London, U.K. 2005; Ashdod International Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2006; Bangladesh International Film Festival, Dhaka, 2006; Inaugural film, International Forum of new cinema, Kolkata International Film Festival, India, 2005; Inaugural film Chittagong International Film Festival, Bangladesh 2005; Osian Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema, New Delhi, India 2005; Mumbai International Film Festival, India, 2006; Pune International Film Festival, India, 2005; Habitat International Film Festival, New Delhi, India, 2005; Festival des Cinémas d'Asie, Vesoul, 2007; Silk screen Festival of Asian Cinema, Pittsburg, U.S.A. 2007; Anandaloke Award for Best Actress; Partha Pratim Chowdhury Award for Best Film and Best Director and so on.
More information from Wikipedia: Kantatar (Barbed Wire) revolves around the journey of Sudha (Sreelekha Mitra). A socio-political-love drama, Kantatar centers on an illegal immigrant’s search for identity and her effort to survive sake and in search of an identity, moves from one man to another and from one religion to another. The sudden threat of cross border terrorism entirely changes the socio-political situation in a remote village close to the frontier, the army rolls into town, and the drastic changes take their toll on inter-personal relationships as they are marred by suspicion, competition and fear. Sudha takes refuge in a temporary weather camp just outside the village. She develops a physical relationship with Binod (Sudip Mukherjee), the weather balloonist, whose job it is to take note of the frequent change of wind direction. But soon Sudha's identity comes into question and she is seen as a suspect. Her dream of a secure shelter is once again threatened. This is a beautiful and engaging film, which luxuriates in the story and its location. The visual poetry and unfettered exploration of the ongoing conflict on the borders of India and Bangladesh come together with great impact and insight. There are brilliant touches of both satire and social comment, which go to show that Bappaditya Bandhopadhay has a lot to say about today's India. Sudha’s hard life consists of weaving herself in and out of different relationships with men and dabbling in various religions. The immediate threat of attack entirely changes the climate of her remote border village, and as the army rolls into town, inter-personal relationships are drastically affected. Suspicion, competition and fear start to grip the villagers. Sudha takes refuge in a temporary weather camp just outside the village. Binod, a meteorologist working in the village, becomes fascinated by Sudha, and they soon begin a physical relationship. But when Sudha's identity is called into question, she is seen as a terrorist suspect. Her dreams of security are once again threatened. Kantatar is visually engaging, luxuriating in the lush locales where it was filmed. Director Bappaditya Bandhopadhay relies on both satire and social comment to tell his story, all the while exploring the ongoing conflict on the borders of India and Bangladesh. Modern India is portrayed with great impact and insight.