by Bappaditya Bandopadhyay
Director: Bappaditya Bandopadhyay
Script: Bappaditya Bandopadhyay
Cinematographer: Rana Dasgupta
Editing: Uttam Roy
Sound: Rajib Aditya
Music: Abhijit Bose
Cast: Sreelekha Mitra, Sudip Mukherjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Nemai Ghosh, Rupsa Guha, Iqbal Sultan, Sankar Debntath
Production: Shrishti Production, Globesym Oy Ltd.
42 bis rue de Lourmel
Tel: 0033 1.53.95.04.64
Fax: 00033 1.53.95.04.65
35 mm, Colour, 123 min,
OV Bengali with English Subtitles
French Electronic Subtitles
Selected in many Interantional Film Festivals
Kantatar (Barbed Wire) revolves around the journey of Sudha, an illegal emigrant who for survival's sake and in search of an identity, moves from one male to another and from one religion to another. Sudha takes refuge in a temporary weather camp just outside a village. She develops a physical relationship with Binod, the weather balloonist, whose job is to take note of the frequent change of the direction of the wind. But soon Sudha's identity comes into question and she is seen as a suspect. Will she ever be able to turn her dream of shelter and security into reality? The sudden threat of cross border terrorism entirely changes the socio-political situation in a remote village close to the frontier, where the army comes in, taking its toll on inter-personal relationships that get marred by suspicion, competition and fear.
The film is an introspective journey into the many lives of Sudha and questions the communal politics of a country and the fact that, when it comes to survival, religion may become irrelevant.