Naxal

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Naxal Bengali Movie
Naxal poster.jpg
Naxal Bengali Film Poster
Directed by Debaditya Bandyopadhyay
Produced by Mainakh Saha, Blue Coffee Moviez & Entertainment In association with The Kraft House
Written by Debaditya Bandhyopadhyay
Screenplay by Padmanabha Dasgupta
Pulok Das
Story by Debaditya Bandhyopadhyay
Starring Mithun Chakraborty
Dhritiman Chatterjee
Gargi Roychowdhury
Shankar Chakraborty
Music by Rupam Islam & Allan Ao
Cinematography Bijoy Anand
Edited by Sanjib Dutta
Distributed by The Kraft House
Release dates
19 June 2015
Running time
1 Hour 49 Minutes
Country India
Language Bengali

Naxal (Bengali: নকশাল)(English: Naxalite) is a 2015 Bengali-language Indian feature film directed by Debaditya Bandyopadhyay, starring Mithun Chakraborty and Dhritiman Chatterjee in pivotal roles. [1][2][3][4]

The backdrop of the film is an era that is known to every Bengali. An era, which is popularly known as NAXAL AMOL or the NAXAL PERIOD. It was a period in the history of the state of West Bengal, that began with the infiltration of the ideas of the socialist movements in the western world (specially Latin America) making a formidable impact on the psyche of the meritorious Bengali youth. Mithun Chakraborty plays the lead role in this film as a Naxalite.[5][6][7]

Plot[edit]

The period was early 1970s. Brilliant brains from Calcutta Medical College to Presidency College, from Calcutta University to Bengal Engineering College, the meritorious boys and girls plunged into the revolution for social reform. They had given up their prosperous and promising careers for the sake of the society. However, the administration could eventually overcome the surge and more sadly, a few miscreants also took advantage of the general unrest for personal gain that eventually brought infamy to the revolution that was otherwise a dedicated and a respectable one. Thus the careers of these bright minds were doomed and many of them were killed and rest was forced to flee or go underground.

Such is the impact of this age on general Bengali psyche that one can still overhear the elders discussing about the incidents and events in private. But discussion in public still carries a taboo. A few films on this topic have been made in the past, but they had indirect reference to the issue. But our film is directly based on this topic. The central theme of the film is the distinction between a genuine Naxalite and an opportunist one. On one hand, is this social issue of the past on the other a current burning issue, that of committing suicide in Kolkata Metro, has also been given due priority in this film.

The greatest USP of this film is the convergence if these two widely known issues that of an ex-naxalite, who is still dedicated to the social cause, threatening to commit suicide at a Metro Station, that too as a challenge to the general public administration to meet his demands. Such demands that involve social welfare, demands that set apart a true Naxalite from an opportunist one. The fact that true men of character can never be subdued by ‘fear’ of consequences is the foundation stone of this film.

Synopsis[edit]

The story opens on the 21st day of May 1971 with the escaping of a few Naxalite youths. The most prominent among them is Anirban Sen. On that day, one of them named Samar dies while Anirban and their leader SankarDa go absconding.

After nearly 42 years one fine morning a FAX arrives at the Kolkata Metro Railways Headquarters. It says that today Anirban will commit suicide under the last Metro. WHO is Anirban? WHAT are his demands? These pertinent questions start emerging as the news has taken centre stage in the city. This news has shaken the entire city from Kolkata Police Headquarters (Lalbazar) to the news channels, while Anirban rattles the administration with one FAX after the other.

On the other hand, Siddhartha Chowdhury, CEO of the number-one Bengali News Channel engages himself in using this incident to boost his channel’s TRP. Shubhankar, a journalist with Siddhartha’s channel, while searching for Anirban, discovers that one of those persons who went missing on 21 May 1971, SankarDa is still alive and is living under cover in the city Siddhartha announces that he will telecast Anirban’s Suicide LIVE on television, which in turn has plummeted the commercial value of his channel.

It’s time for the last Metro. Siddhartha has found Anirban, while Anirban has found his erstwhile leader SankarDa, who had escaped abroad seeking safe passage leaving many revolutionaries, like Anirban, to die.

The two revolutionaries are standing face-to-face on the Metro platform. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Summary[edit]

Naxal revolves around the famous Naxalbari uprising, where police open fired on a group of villagers killing 11 of them on May 25, 1967 at Bengai Jote village in Naxalbari. Anirban Sen (Mithun Chakraborty), who is one of the few Naxalite youths who escaped on May 21, 1971. But he reappears after 42 years. He is now a retired government employee. Siddhartha (played by Dhritiman Chatterjee), the head of a television news channel and Anirban were once friends and part of the Naxalite movement. The film also highlights the story of friendship and betrayal.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Line Producer: Debasish Sikdar
  • Co-producer: Sudeshna Saha
  • Asst. Producer: Mrinmoy Saha
  • Executive Producer: Swapan Ghosh
  • Associated producers: Sanjeev Malhotra, Harish Aurora
  • Costume: Agnimitra Paul
  • Art Director: Indranil Ghosh
  • Sound Designing: Anirban Sengupta (Potla) and Dipankar Chaki (Jojo)
  • Background Music: Rathijit Bhattacharjee
  • Colourist: Arindam Dey
  • VFX: Rabin Chatterjee
  • Post Production Assistant: Suresh Sharma
  • Lead Conformist: Pratik Kar

Filming Locations[edit]

Kolkata
Bolpur
Chandrakona

Film's Technical Details[edit]

  • Runtime: 1hour 49minutes
  • Color or Black & White: Colour
  • Aspect Ratio: 2,35:1
  • Camera: Arre Alexa
  • Laboratory: Kaleidoscope
  • Negative Format: Digital
  • Cinematographic Process: Digital
  • Printed Film Format: Digital
  • Camera equipment provided by: Kaleidoscope
  • Post-production: Kaleidoscope, Dreame Digital Studio, RGB Lab

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