They are as different as chalk and cheese. She is composed, diplomatic and thinks twice before she speaks, while he is just the opposite and prefers to pour his heart out. But what binds Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Guha together is their love for cinema. Their lat est film, Benche Thakar Gaan, was screened as the inaugural film of 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival. In a candid chat, the director duo speaks about their journey of 12 years, number game, demonetisation and a lot more. Excerpts:
Benche Thakar Gaan was the inaugural film at 22nd KIFF. Did you feel proud as directors?
Sudeshna Roy: It felt great. As directors, we felt honoured. But we would be happy if the audience watches it in theatres and appreciates it. We don’t make films just for the festival circuit, you know! Benche Thakar Gaan is a story that each and every member of audience will be able to connect with. I think it is the subject that attracted the panel to select it as the opening film. Our social system is changing.
There are times when children cannot look after their ageing parents, even if they want to. So, what then? Are they going to suffer all alone, waiting for the phone to ring? Or are they going to force their entry into their children’s fast-changing lives and live a life of negligence or are they going to find an alternative?