RBN Web Desk: Popular actor Adil Hussain will be seen as the father of a teenage boy preparing for his secondary exams, in a silent film which is being shot entirely in Kolkata. The 10-minute short film is titled Meal and is directed by Abhiroop Basu.
Abhiroop had earlier directed the critically acclaimed Afternoon With Julia (2016) and The Paper Man (2017). Both films were shown at the Court Métrage in Cannes in the respective years.
According to industry sources, the film is about the aftermath of an incident that shakes a dysfunctional family, which comprises an elderly man, his son and daughter-in-law and their child. The child grows up in a disturbed environment where he sees the grandfather rescinded to some corner in the house and his parents with bruises on their hands and feet.
The film doesn’t have any dialogues, said Abhiroop, adding that the expression of the actors and camera angles are hugely important in such films. Meal has been shot in the mise-en-scène style where everything that appears on screen—the actors, lights, costumes, props, and camera—are considered part of the scene.
Arun Mukhopadhyay plays the grandfather in the film who is suffering from Parkinson’s. He shows no facial expressions. It’s easier to express emotions, than hold them back, the veteran thespian said.
Ratnabali Bhattacharjee plays the mother of the child in Meal.
Adil is working in several back to back Bengali films since Arindam Sil’s Har Har Byomkesh (2015). Up next is Pratim D Gupta’s Ahare Mon where he plays a visa officer. The film opens on 22 June. He will also be seen in Leena Gangopadhyay and Saibal Banerjee’s cross-border drama Maati where he shares screen space with his Ahare Mon co-star Paoli Dam. That aside, the 55-year old actor will be seen in director Arjunn Dutta’s relationship drama Abyakto which stars Arpita Chatterjee, Anirban Ghosh, Anubhav Kanjilal, and Lily Chakravarty in key roles.