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Sthaniya Sambaad/Spring in the Colony (Arjun Gourisaria/Moinak Biswas, 2009)

Ensemble film begins in a former Southern Calcutta refugee colony. As the story moves, it also moves into the metropolitan downtown and ends in a surreal finale in the new-economy developments of what's come to be known as 'New Town'.

Direction: Arjun Gourisaria and Moinak Biswas
Production Company: Black Magic Motion Pictures
Story/Screenplay: Moinak Biswas
Camera: Tribhuvan Babu
Music: Debojyoti Mishra, Arindrajit Saha
Cast: Anirban Dutta, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Nayana Palit, Anindya Banerjee, Suvankar Mitra, Bratya Basu, Sudip Ganguly, Shubhendu Jha

Remarkable feature by one of India’s leading film theorists. The film is in three parts, set in – to use commonly accepted terms in the city – the former ‘black town’, the refugee colony of South Calcutta, the ‘white town’ of central Calcutta and the ‘new town’ of major urban development in the past decade. The story sees the refugee colony transform through with entry of new real estate sharks. It is told through its main protagonist, Atin (Anirban Dutta), a poet, who converses with his only confidant and teacher, Dipankar (played by the filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay, who directed Mahanagar@Kolkata).  The film moves into the dimension of the absurd from almost the beginning. Key characters include a pair of thieves, touts belonging to the ruling left political party of the state, and a visionary real-estate developer.

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