Kolkata: Bird of Dusk, the first docu-feature on filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, is likely to release in late August. Speaking at the trailer launch event in the city yesterday, director of the film Sangeeta Datta told the media, “We are planning to have a theatrical release sometime around Ritu’s birthday which is on 31 August.”
In a career spanning two decades, Rituparno had directed 21 feature films, including Satyanweshi, which was incomplete at the time of his death in 2013.
Bird of Dusk was earlier shown at the Kolkata International Film Festival in 2017. “It was a rough cut and was exhibited on the last day of the festival. The film was still at the work-in-progress stage at that time and was longer in duration,” Sangeeta said.
The docu-feature will have its US premiere at New York on 10 May.
“We have been informed by the New York festival authorities that Bird of Dusk has been nominated in the best documentary segment,” said the longtime associate director of Rituparno.
The docu-feature 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, Arjun Rampal, and others.
The film will be shown in the London Indian Film Festival at British Film Institute on 24 June. That aside, special shows of the film have been arranged at other venues in London on 22 and 23 June.
Sangeeta had earlier directed Life Goes on in 2009 which had Sharmila, Om Puri, Girish Karnad, and Soha Ali Khan in major roles.