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Burbank, CA, United States, 2009/06/09 - The Award-Winning Bengali Film is based on a novel by Asia's First Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore and Features an A-List Cast. Prowess Entertainment Group Fields Studio Offers for Worldwide Distribution - ChaturangaTheFilm.com.
Campfire Films and Prowess Entertainment Group celebrated the Seattle premiere of the award-winning film, “Chaturanga” (Four Chapters) at the 35th Annual Seattle International Film Festival yesterday to a packed house and hearty applause. The film plays again at the Uptown Cinema (AMC Theater at 511 Queen Anne Avenue North) in Seattle on Thursday, June 11th at 4:00 PM.
The eagerly anticipated drama, based on Nobel Prize Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s novella, stars Indian “Tollywood” A-list performers, Subrata Dutta, Dhritiman Chaterji, Rituparna Sengupta and Joy Sengupta. There are hundreds of screen credits and industry accolades amongst the entire cast, as Rituparna Sengupta has nearly one hundred credits alone. “Chaturanga” is directed by talented newcomer, Suman Mukhopadhyay, and is currently enjoying major success as a stage play in India.
The film, as the title suggests, is told in four parts. “Chaturanga” is a multi-layered allegorical psychodrama set in turn of the 20th Century India about a young, upper-caste intellectual’s timeless, universal journey for the meaning of existence. The headstrong but altruistic Sachish (Dutta) is strongly influenced by his atheist, radical positivist uncle (Chaterji), has two dynamic love interests (Rituparna Sengupta and Trina Banerjee) and a devoted best friend (Joy Sengupta) which all devote themselves to Sachish. He leaps from knowledge to faith to love and self-sacrifice, only to realize that his quest must continue.
The cinematic triumph is driven by an incredible Sufi (traditional Bengali) soundtrack and catalyzes the intellectual in us all. With the box office and cultural successes of the Foreign Language Academy Award-nominated “Water” in 2007 and Oscar winning “Slumdog Millionaire” this past year, “Chaturanga” is already being compared to “Water” in some circles.
Rabindranath Tagore became Asia’s first Nobel Prize Laureate in 1913. The Bengali Renaissance man deeply influenced modern Indian poetry, prose, music, visual art and socio-political reform. Ever the perpetual feminist and nationalist, the Ghandi contemporary’s works feature strong, independent female characters, and “Chaturanga”is no different.
“Chaturanga” is produced by Kolkata, India-based Campfire Films’ Avik Saha and Vishal Jhajharia. Burbank-based Prowess Entertainment Group, headed by Nalinya Davis and Mark Belasco, represents the film and is now fielding offers for worldwide distribution.