Swapner Din has the characters chasing their dreams : Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Swapner Din has the characters chasing their dreams

Chandi Mukherjee14 Oct 2008

Q. What do you want to communicate through your films? A. I want to depict anything and everything which is pro-life: My reaction to and analysis of the reality of our time. I want to capture the zeitgeist of our epoch in my films and in doing so I want to communicate an eternal impact through language of film. Q. With whom do you want to communicate? Mass audiences or minority cine-intellectual? A. Look, I cannot afford to be a drawing room film maker, if I try to be one, it would be disaster. I am not ready to make any compromise or tread an easy path to please everybody.

Buddhadeb Dasgupta talks to Chandi Mukherjee about his recent films

What do you want to communicate through your films?

I want to depict anything and everything which is pro-life: My reaction to and analysis of the reality of our time. I want to capture the zeitgeist of our epoch in my films and in doing so I want to communicate an eternal impact through language of film.

With whom do you want to communicate? Mass audiences or minority cine-intellectual?

Look, I cannot afford to be a drawing room film maker, if I try to be one, it would be disaster. I am not ready to make any compromise or tread an easy path to please everybody. I consider a film maker to be an artist always aspires to reach out to a larger audience. If more and more viewers would see my films and like them I would be happy.

Buddhadeb Dasgupta Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Do you believe that cinema can usher in changes in a society?

No cultural medium cinema included, has the power to change society in a single-handed manner. But cinema, along with other cultural movements, can definitely help people todevelopa proper understanding of the reality, which, in turn would help to initiate changes.

Several critics say that the bright days of cinema have gone, do you agree?

What I feel the situation of cinema all over the world is bad, too bad. Whisper come to my ears, cinema is dying, cinema is dying What I believe cinema cannot die. No, not at all. If it is so then where do I stand? I am making films every year, making pure cinema, getting money backers still today. The power of cinema is stronger than any visual medium, much more than T.V and Video.

Tell something about your latest release Swapner Din

It is a tale of three persons who take to dreams as a means of living. All dreams find space in a day. How dreams work for them is the main theme of the film. One is Paresh, a touring cinema projectionist, who travels from one village to another remote village, another person is Chapal. Paresh, a temporary driver, wants to go Dubai with a forged passport. And Amina, (pregnant with the child of a man she adored but lost in the Gujarat carnage), is an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh, and she now wants to go to her homeland. They are all chasing their dreams.

Most of your films contain the character whose lives are based on dreams and in Swapner Din also

We all dream of making journeys to different destination. Sometimes they are real, sometimes they are magical.

Buddhadeb Dasgupta Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Magic or magic-realism?

I agree, what you mean. Reality is sometimes monotonous. So you put Magic into it. Ive been treating some situation in my films with element of magic realism. You will find it in Swapner Din also.

You are a poet and film maker. How do you blend these two media?

Yes, I find a common bond between these two media. It is quite possible

That a poet can develop a liking for films while writing poetry; similarly, a film maker may develop a liking for poetry while he is busy in film making. In fact, cinema derives form a lot of other art forms, but should never try to follow any. Cinema has to be independent of others. Jean Cocteau, a poet, was most successful as a film maker, film maker for Poets. His Orphee is film first, and then whatever else it might be.

What are you doing now?

I am now busy for the shooting of my new film Janala (The Window)

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