Faltu

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Faltu
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Directed by Anjan Das
Produced by Arindam Chaudhuri
Written by Syed Mustafa Siraj
Starring Yash Pandit
Manjari Fadnis
Music by Jyotishka Dasgupta
Cinematography Shirsha Roy
Edited by Sanjeeb Dutta
Distributed by Planman Motion Pictures
Release date(s) 10 February 2006
Country India
Language Bengali

Faltu (Bengali: ফালতু translation: "Useless") is a Bengali movie based on Syed Mustafa Siraj's story Ranir Ghater Brittanto, and was released in 2006. It won the 2007 National Award.[1] Produced by Arindam Chaudhuri (Planman Motion Pictures) and directed by Anjan Das, the movie featured Soumitra Chatterjee, Indrani Halder, Yash Pandit and Manjari Fadnis, Nirmal Kumar, Masood Akhtar, Biplab Chatterjee.[2] This film had been selected from India for the Spain film festival in the competitive category.[3]

Plot[edit]

The story is set around Ranirghat of Murshidabad District in West Bengal in the early 1950s. It is the story of a 20-year-old orphan called Faltu (faltu in Bengali means worthless, junk) and his search for the man who has fathered him. This is also the account of a village and its people, woven around a narrative with myriad moments and a lot of dramatic events. Ranirghat is a small village made up by the refugees from the then East Pakistan. (Its current population is 148.) The lives of the villagers take a new turn when a census official questions Faltu's parentage. While it is a well-known fact that Faltu is the son of Sureswari Dasi aka Suri Khepi (a mad woman on the street played Indrani Haldar), no one knows who his father is. Neither does Faltu nor he has even bothered with the question. He was happy with what he was doing — driving a bus and ferrying villagers.

The census official's question opens a Pandora's box. It turns out that many apparently upright men in the village — including Ismail (Biplab Chatterjee), who brought up Faltu and taught him driving — raped Suri Khepi, taking advantage of her mental condition. Things reach a stage where everybody knows that Faltu's father is one of them, but nobody is sure of who that is. Faltu is not particularly concerned. He is more interested in earning his living, and pursuing his love interest — Tuktuki (Manjari Fadnis).

A government order brings in bad news for the villagers of Ranirghat. As part of "development" plans, the government wants to construct a bridge from the village across the river and villagers have to vacate. They agree to do so but, before parting ways, they want Faltu and Tuktuki to get married to make up for what they had done to Suri Khepi. A guilty feeling haunts all the rapists. That is when a twist in the tale crops up. The elders of the village calls a meeting to organize the marriage of Faltu and Tuktuki. When they propose the marriage to Tuktuki's father, he flatly disagrees in a weird manner. Then he went to Faltu and disclosed that he also had raped Suri Khepi: The marriage should not occur as Faltu and Tuktuki are stepbrother and sister. Tuktuki overheard this. She committed suicide and the next morning she was found hanging from a tree. The villagers of Ranirghat left with pain-stricken hearts, while the background narrator declares that "with a proud and wounded heart, and several questions in mind, the undefeated Faltu drives on." As the construction work of the bridge goes on, the last bit of film captures a night sequence at the construction site: an engineer, sensing the presence of any unknown one, turns on his torch on the person. The last scene freezes there, showing another mad woman trying to drink water from the streamlets pouring down from the upper iron structure. Like the case of Suri Khepi, perhaps this was the beginning of another story of committing sins.

The entire story deals with human relations and how the guilt of having done something wrong haunts everyone in the village. They want to make up for their sins, but end up opening a new can of worms and spoiling a marriage.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

  • A rich audio-visual experience — The Telegraph (8 stars out of 10)[4]
  • Anjan Das has meticulously crafted each scene in the film… You just cant stop praising it! — Bartaman[5]
  • A moving saga with cutting edge depiction — The Hindu
  • The film scores on the storyline and direction — The Pioneer

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tuteja, Joginder (19 June 2008). "Yash-Manjari's FALTU wins National Award". Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Simple tale of a complex search". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 10 February 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Planman's Faltu invited for Spain fest". 12/06/07. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  4. ^ Mitra, Mandira (24 February 2006). "Hitting hard, lyrically". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Press : Planman Motion Pictures". www.planmanmotionpictures.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  6. ^ "69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007". www.bfjaawards.com. Retrieved 2008-10-24. [dead link]
  7. ^ Tuteja, Joginder (19 June 2008). "Yash-Manjari's FALTU wins National Award". Retrieved 2008-10-22. 

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