By Nilesh P. Khandare(24 Jun 2010)
Shukno Lanka is a journey about forgotten dreams. It is a story of fears, reconciliation and finally of living the magic called life. Joy Sundar Sen is a popular award-winning film director. He meets Isabella a young European actress in Berlin. Cutting across divides of age and culture, Isabella and Sen Share a bond of respect and understanding. At a book-store in Berlin, Sen and Isabella chance upon an anthology of short stories by the Indian film maker Ritwik Ghatak. As he browses through the book, one of the stories - Paraspathar (The Philosopher’s Stone) begins to resonate in his mind. It is a story of a man who seems to have hit upon a magic formula to bring people to life back from death. Faced with his own morality, brought more sharply into relief by the effervescent youth of Isabella, Sen decides that Paraspathar is going to be his next film.
Chinu Nandy is a junior artiste who has survived in an unforgiving industry. Middle aged, Nandy has been playing bit parts in movies for several decades. Over the course of time, Nandy has learned to accept his fate, hoping that one day he could add as much flavour to movies as dry red chillies would to a curry. So when Sen, back from his grand international success decides to cast Nandy to play the lead role in Paraspathar, he is shocked and frightened to realize a strange unimagined path that destiny seems to open for him. But the path is not an unmitigated clear way to a dream.
Chinu’s humble stance on life slowly begins to rub off on those around him with surprising results. At the last minute the producer of Paraspathar decides to pull the disappearing act. What happens next is what Shukno Lanka is all about.