Kolkata: Independent filmmaker Satyajit Das’ upcoming film—Paintings in the Dark—will highlight a rare artistic talent where a visually challenged artist paints a subject by listening only to certain sounds. The film has Rashed Rahman, Sayantee Chattaraj, Surajit Chowdhury and Nilanjana Rudra in major roles.
The story of the film centres around Emmanuel (Rashed), a visually challenged artist, who loses his mother at a young age. He comes to the city to search for his mother but gets trapped in a child prostitution racket. Emmanuel is helped by Jerel (Sayantee) to flee from the racket. Whether Emmanuel finally gets to find her mother, forms the crux of the film.
Speaking to RBN, Das said, “There are only ten such artists all over the world. We did a thorough research on the subject before writing Emmanuel’s character in the film. Paintings in the Dark will do the festival rounds first and will then have a theatrical release. The film has some drama elements, considering the general audience. The entire film depicts darkness and hunting for ways to eliminate it.”
Das plans to have the film’s world premiere at a prestigious festival in April. It will also be sent to the Berlin and Boston film festivals.
Paintings in the Dark will hit the theatres in September.