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This Kolkata Director Is Headed to Cannes With a Film Inspired by Tagore

This Kolkata Director Is Headed to Cannes With a Film Inspired by Tagore

Aneek Chaudhuri’s film, Streer Potro named after Rabindranath Tagore’s renowned short story, is also inspired by the aesthetics of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali.

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A 24-year-old filmmaker has taken inspiration from one of the beloved storied penned by Rabindranath Tagore, and made a film that is now slated to be screened at Cannes.

Aneek Chaudhuri, a Kolkata resident, adapted Tagore’s popular short story, Streer Potro (The Wife’s Letter) and completed its filming in 12 days with a shoestring budget of just ₹10 lakh. The movie, which also goes by the same name as Tagore’s short story, shares its aesthetic with the works of Spanish artist Salvador Dali who also dabbled in film-making.

Aneek’s film has been selected for screening at Marché du Films, the business counterpart of the Cannes Film Festival established in 1959. The film is 143-minutes long and will be screened on May 17.

The avant-garde film revolves around the life of its protagonist, a mysterious character named X. Aneek describes his film as sarcastic and even painful to watch. Speaking to Hindustan Times, he said,The film actually tries to find a way of balancing between life’s complexities and its basic simplicity. Here, Dali’s surrealism represents the complexities through which I have tried to reach the life’s simplicities that Tagore unearthed and hailed.”

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The movie has been applauded in film festivals across the world including the Hamilton Film Festival in Canada. Aneek had a corporate job in Delhi until he quit it to pursue his goal of film-making and his dream of making Streer Potro has finally been fulfilled.


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The trailer for the film can be viewed below.

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