Kolkata: Bird of Dusk, the docu-feature on filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, opened before a packed audience in the city today with people sitting and standing even on the aisles to watch the premiere. Rituparno, one of the most prominent Indian filmmakers in the post-Satyajit Ray era, died on 30 May 2013.
Written and directed by Sangeeta Datta, Bird of Dusk has interviews with actors and actresses who have worked closely with Rituparno, including Aparna Sen, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Konkona Sen Sharma, Soumitra Chatterjee, Nandita Das, Sharmila Tagore, and Arjun Rampal, and producers, technicians and international film archivists. It also has video footage of Rituparno at work. The 95-minute film is narrated by Soumitra and radio presenter Mir.
Speaking to RBN, Sangeeta said, “Compiling and editing the footage was tough since these were shot in various formats. That aside, the celluloid footage had to be converted to the digital format for screening purposes. Documentaries don’t get a a theatrical release in India. We are lucky in this regard.”
The 95-minute docu-feature has travelled to several international film festivals and has been widely praised.
In a career spanning two decades, Rituparno had directed 21 feature films, including Satyanweshi, which was incomplete at the time of his death.
Bird of Dusk will shown at Nandan from tomorrow.