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Once Upon a Time in Calcutta

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Director:
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Production:
For Films (Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Vikram Mohinta, Jonaki Bhattacharya), Wishberry Films (Anshulika Dubey, Priyanka Agarwal, Shashwat Singh), DUOfilm (Ingrid Lill Høgtun, Marie Fuglestein Lægreid, Linda Bolstad Strønen), Catherine Dussart Productions (Catherine Dussart)
Running Time:
131’
Language:
Bengali
Country:
India, France, Norway
Main Cast:
Sreelekha Mitra, Shayak Roy, Bratya Basu, Arindam Ghosh, Satrajit Sarkar, Anirban Chakrabarti, Reetika Nondini Sheemu
Screenplay:
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Cinematographer:
Gökhan Tiryaki
Editor:
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Production Designer:
Jonaki Bhattacharya
Costume Designer:
Jonaki Bhattacharya
Music:
Minco Eggersman
Sound:
Hindole Chakraborty, Bruno Tarriere
Visual Effects:
For Films

Synopsis

After the loss of her daughter, Ela not only loses her identity as a mother, but also the only reason to be with her husband. When she is refused a home loan by the bank, her boss, owner of a massive Ponzi scheme, makes her an offer she struggles to accept. Ela reconnects with her stepbrother to reclaim her half of an old family theatre, but he refuses, blaming Ela for his own dark fate. In between all this, Ela’s childhood sweetheart resurfaces and gives her the warmth and hope for a new beginning. Just as Ela starts living the life she had dreamed for herself, she realises that she isn’t the only scavenger in the city brimming with hunger.

Director’s Statement

This film is a culmination of personal feelings and emotions for the city of Calcutta and its people, especially as it tries to catch up to the rapidly changing world. Leveraging real characters and actual events, the film is my effort to chip away the various layers of the previously communist city to reveal a human condition that is tragic and yet full of hope and joy. The film highlights the aspirations and struggles of people gasping for breath in an ever-expanding metropolis. For the viewer, I have tried to create a real glimpse into the murky waters of Calcutta, with colourful characters, all trying very hard to find a corner of their own without drowning.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Jonaki Bhattacharya, Vikram Mohinta – FOR FILMS
GD 311, Sector 3, Salt Lake City
700109 – Kolkata, India
Tel. +91 9831372287
priyankar@forfilmsindia.com
http://www.forfilmsindia.com

PRODUCTION 2: Anshulika Dubey, Priyanka Agarwal, Shashwat Singh – Wishberry Films
Office 202/203, Amar Arcade, Kulkarni Colony
422002 – Nashik, India
Tel. +91 86919 99396
anshulika@wishberry.in
http://www.wishberryfilms.in

PRODUCTION 3: Ingrid Lill Høgtun, Linda Bolstad Strønen, Marie Fuglestein Lægreid – DUOfilm AS
Eidsvegen 66
5211 – Hordaland, Norway
Tel. +47 958 14 288
ingrid@barentsfilm.no
http://www.duofilm.no/

PRODUCTION 4: Catherine Dussart - Catherine Dussart Productions
25, rue Gambetta
92100 – Boulogne, France
Tel. +33 6 85 25 92 80
cdp@cdpproductions.fr

WORLD SALES: Manola Novelli, Daniela Cölle – Pluto Film
Schliemannstr. 5,
10437 - Berlin Germany
Tel. +49 30 2191 8220
info@plutofilm.de
https://www.plutofilm.de/

PRESS OFFICE: Gloria Zerbinati
Mob. +33 (0)7 86 80 02 82
gloria.zerbinati@gmail.com


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