Jonaki (film)

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Directed byAditya Vikram Sengupta
Written byAditya Vikram Sengupta
Produced bySamir Sarkar
StarringLolita Chatterjee
Jim Sarbh
Ratnabali Bhattacharjee
Sumanto Chattopadhyay
CinematographyAditya Vikram Sengupta
Mahendra Shetty
Music byAlexander Zekke
Magic Hour Films
Release date
25 January 2018
Running time
95 minutes
CountriesIndia, France, Singapore

Jonaki (Firefly) is a 2018 Bengali-language psychological drama film directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta[1] and produced by Samir Sarkar.[2] An India, France, Singapore co production the film is produced by Magic Hour Films in association with For Films and Catherine Dussart Production. Jonaki is the "dream" of an 81-year-old woman who in her comatose state revisits her tumultuous life through surrealistic images of painful echoing memories. The film stars late Lolita Chatterjee,[3] Jim Sarbh, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee and Sumanto Chattopadhyay.

Jonaki had its world premiere in the Bright Future[4] section of the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam[5][6] in 2018 where it was nominated for the coveted Netpac Awards.[7] It then travelled to several international film festivals including the Shanghai International Film Festival, New Horizons Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles,[8] Indian Melbourne Film Festival[9] amongst others.

Jonaki was nominated for the Golden Gateway of India for Best Film at the 20th Mumbai Film Festival[10] (MAMI) in 2018 and went on to win the Silver Gateway Award.[11] It also won a Special Mention for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Oxfam Awards in 2018.[12][13]

Jonaki is now streaming on Netflix.[14]


While Jonaki, an 80-year-old woman, searches for love in a strange world of decaying memories, her lover, now old and grey, returns to a world she is leaving behind.



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  11. ^ "Here Are the Top Winners of MAMI 2018". The Quint. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Mumbai: Thailand's 'Manta Ray,' India's 'Bulbul Can Sing' Win Festival's Top Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
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