Poster of movie kaalbela
|Directed by||Goutam Ghose|
|Written by||Samaresh Majumdar|
|Music by||Goutam Ghose|
|Edited by||Shuvro Roy|
kaalbela (Bengali: কালবেলা Calcutta My Love) is a 2009 Bengali film directed by Goutam Ghose .The film stars Parambrata Chatterjee, Paoli Dam, Soumitra Chatterjee and Santu Mukherjee. This film is set against the background of the Naxalite movement. Based on a 1980s novel by Samaresh Majumdar, the film sets itself up, quite self-consciously, within a certain tradition of films, namely radical political Bengali cinema of the 1970s and 1980s. It thus establishes an intertextuality and a certain connection with them. By situating itself and the story it has to tell, within this matrix of the 1970s radical Bengali cinema, Ghose anchors the film squarely within that time. The mood and the events certainly, but even the way black and white shots are used, underlines a somewhat documentary – and thus temporally limited – way these sequences are put to use.
Animesh Mitra is simpleton who arrives at Calcutta from Jalpaiguri, during hostile times (1967), to study at the Scottish Church College. He is scheduled to take refuge at the residence of his father’s friend Mr. Debabrata, but he accidentally gets shot in the limb and ends up at the Calcutta Medical College. Eventually things move on and Animesh develops a deep friendship with Debabrata’s daughter Neela. He takes admission in the B.A classes of Scottish Church College on Bengali Literature and ultimately becomes intertwined with the unresting times of the youth intellect.
Though he tried to keep himself away from politics but,he turns to become a Communist under the mentorship of Ramen and Subash Sen, but after a year he feels that their party (B.P.S.F) has been deviating from the ideals of building up an egalitarian society. With the idealistic ideas of Subhash Sen and others Animesh rediscover himself as a hardcore Naxalite, rampaging the interiors of northern West Bengal. In the meantime Animesh gets ripped up between his ideals and his love (Madhabilata). Earlier, Madhabilata( a friend of Neela) opposed the ideals that Animesh believes,but she promised that she will never become a barrier to his mission. Madhabilata gets pregnant out of wedlock while Animesh abandons her for greater idealism. Animesh’s roommate, the unquenchable poet Tridip, accompanies him with a dreamy vision of a noncompartmentalized nation. But outrageous planning leads the Naxalite movement to be a tragic demise.
Subash Sen and other leaders get slaughtered by the brutal Congressian Police. Tridip is shot dead and the girls who are arrested in charge of spreading the ideals of Naxalism, are raped by the police officers in front of Animesh and Animesh is tortured by the state to such an extent that he becomes crippled. His nervous systems (below and from the hips) breaks down completely, making him a man who can sit and stagger. Madhabilata gives birth to a baby boy (Arka). Neela stands beside Madhabilata like a wall and delivers immense support, though her husband refuses to stretch out his helping hand. Finally in 1977, the Left Front Government decides to release every political prisoner; a devastated Animesh comes out from jail custody after meeting minister Sudip (his compatriot during his days at the Scottish). The film ends with silver lining when Animesh unites with his estranged family in a slum (wife and son) with nothing to vie for but with a spark of hope against aghast capitalism and return to mainstream with a new theology.
- Parambrata Chatterjee....Animesh
- Paoli Dam...........Madhabilata
- Soumitra Chatterjee.........Animesh’s grandfather
- Santu Mukhopadhyay.....Animesh's father
- Rudranil Ghosh.....Tridib
- Bratya Basu
- Shantilal Mukherjee.....Subhash Sen
- Anandi Ghose....Neela
- Anirban Guha
- Chhanda Chatterjee
- Mousumi Saha......Animesh step mother
- Partha Banerjee
- Director Goutam Ghose
- Producer Prasar Bharati
- Music Director Goutam Ghose
- Story Samaresh Mazumdar
- Screenplay Goutam Ghose, Sanat Dasgupta
- Dialogue Goutam Ghose
- Cinematographer Bijay Anand, Goutam Ghose, Indranil Mukhopadhay
- Editor Shuvro Roy
- Art Director Sameer Chanda
- Costumes Designer Neelanjana Ghose
- Audiographer Goutam Nag
- Sound Designer Anup Mukhopadhyay, J. D. Babu
- Publicity Design Gautam Barat
- Playback Singer Paoli Dam, Shrabani Sen
- Chief Assistant Director Dulal Dey
- Make Up Amit Ganguly
- Still Photographer Amal Kundu, Sujit Sarkar
- Production Manager Kalyan Dasgupta, Sanu Bandyopadhyay, Surajit Dasgupta
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