Kolkata, Mar 13 :It's a movie with a social message and a story of giving direction to lives in this time of social political unrest as Friends Communication announced their new film ‘Mahananda’ inspired by the life and work of Jnanpith and Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Mahasweta Devi.
Directed by Arindam Sil and produced by Firdausul Hasan, the film will feature Gargee RoyChowdhury in the lead as the protagonist, Mahananda. The director said, “Mahananda is the story of this passing on of the torch. The torch bearers from different ages who carry forward the concept, the movement named Mahashweta.
It is a story of giving direction to our lives in this time of social political unrest. “ He said every journey has a beginning. Mahananda is no different. And this journey began with a packet. “Yes a packet that Gargee (Roy Chowdhury) handed me. It was from Asoke Dasgupta who had scribbled a few pointers and stated that a film should be made on the life and times of Mahashweta Devi.
I was quite surprised that he had chosen to give me this task for I only made thrillers and detective movies. But he felt I could do justice to his thoughts, which is a humbling complement, and talk about her life,” Sil said. “When I sat and thought about it, I realised that no matter what film I made I talked about life. "About humanity. And maybe somewhere in my heart I wanted to do a movie about humanity. Mahashweta Devi is just not an author or a character from the fiction called life because she has seen the rise and fall of it.
"I think she has been forgotten and swept aside by us Bengalis, yet she should have been in the forefront of our consciousness,” he said.
The director said, “We have chosen to forget her because she worked in the back of the beyond among the santhals and never compromised with her work or ran after limelight.
"Our film is about a movement called Mahashweta Devi. Today when we talk about gender equality or woman empowerment we forget that she talked about it long long back. She talked about the santhals women. “
“When she had raised her voice that India's history of Independence needed to be looked into she was talking about the santhals and their contribution.
This is one of the reasons she is so important for us today. Today we need to talk about her political philosophy, her work, her uncompromising ethics. We need this film today,” he said. “We feel her contribution to our mainstream has eternal value and hence this movie is not about the life or death of someone, it is about an author Mahananda whose character has similarities with the life and persona of Mahashweta Devi. And another person from a very different background and upbringing becomes interested in Mahananda. She is young vibrant Mahalaya. She slowly evolves in presence and under the influence of Mahananda."(UNI)