Akaler Shandhaney

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Akaler Sandhane (In Search of Famine)
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMrinal Sen
Produced byD. K. Films
Written byMrinal Sen
Amalendu Chakraborty
StarringDhritiman Chatterjee
Smita Patil
Gita Sen
Rajen Tarafdar
Sreela Mazumder
Radhamohan Bhattachariya
Jayanta Chowdhury
Dipankar De
Jochhan Dastidar
Music bySalil Chowdhury
CinematographyK. K. Mahajan
Edited byGangadhar Naskar
Release date
Running time
115 minutes

Akaler Shandhaney (Bengali: আকালের সন্ধানে; lit. "In Search of Famine") is a 1982 Indian Bengali film directed by Mrinal Sen.


In September 1980, a film crew comes to a village to make a film about a famine, which killed five million Bangalis in 1943. It was a man made famine, a side-product of the war, and the film crew will create the tragedy of those millions who died of starvation. The film documents the convivial life among the film crew and the hazards, problems and tension of film making on location. The actors live a double life, and the villagers, both simple and not-so-simple, flock to watch their work with wonder and suspicion. But as the film progresses, the recreated past begins to confront the present. The uneasy coexistence of 1943 and 1980 reveals bizarre connection, involving a village woman whose visions add a further dimension of time—that of future. A disturbing situation, indeed, for the "famine-seekers"!



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  2. ^ "Berlinale 1981: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 22 August 2010.

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