A daughter's search for her father
A Bengali feature film Runanubandha (the he without him) by Amartya Bhattacharyya has been officially selected as one of the three Indian films in the 'International Competition' at the prestigious 24th Kolkata International Film Festival 2018.
'Runanubandha' is a term used in spirituality which refers to the 'body's memory' – which comprises of genetic memory and memory of intimate physical connect. It is this memory which is said to bind a parent and a child, a husband and a wife or any other intimate relationships.
Featuring the first time actor Priyanka Ghosh Roy as the protagonist character around which the film revolves, it unfolds the mystic journey of a daughter in pursuit of her father. in the metropolis of Kolkata. The daughter 'Shatarupa', finds the voice of her father in a young man who comes in her life as a director. The paternal traits draw her towards him, but she finds herself trapped elsewhere between emotional complexities and simplicity.
The audience of the film will also witness the parallel drawn with the mythological tale of Lord Brahma, the universal father and creator, who was attracted to his own daughter Shatarupa (also known as Saraswati). Swastik Choudhury of Swastik Arthouse, who is also the producer of the film, plays a very interesting character. Susant Misra plays a short cameo.
The music of the film is scored by Kisaloy Roy, and the renowned Rock star Rupam Islam (of Bangla Rock band Fossils) sings the title song. The film is shot in Kolkata and it captures some essential characteristics of the city in an unique way. Amartya has written, directed, captured and edited the film himself. The sound is designed by Sujoy Das of Filmstop Entertainment.
This film is the third feature film of national award winner Amartya Bhattacharyya, who has earlier made two Odia films – Capital I and Khyanikaa (The Lost Idea), both critically acclaimed at various international film festivals round the world. However, Runanubandha is his first feature film in his mother tongue.