Indranil Roychowdhury has shot to fame since he made his first feature film Phoring
in 2013. Those of you who’re still thinking Advaita is not a familiar name, not even in circles where mainstream films are treated with scorn -- will surely remember the film Kahani
, which owes its critical success to the autobiographical book Almost Single. Kala is the bestselling author of the book and the story of Kahani
is based on this book. The film won several awards, including three National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards.
At the Dhaka Lit Fest 2016, Indranil and Advaita will talk about script-writing and their journey with the film industry and milestones of their careers, with others of their ilk. Whether you want to hunt them for autographs or ask them something when questions are taken from the floor, you shouldn’t miss the panels they will be in, and note down again theirs is going to be one of the most crowded panels.
In 2012 Kahaani
, directed by Sujoy Gosh, was released where Vidya Balan played the pregnant wife out on the streets of Kolkata in search of her husband. It was based on the real life experiences of Advaita. “I am a novelist, that is the form I am comfortable with and very early on I knew this would be a novel, so I wrote the story as a novel exploring literary devices like the interior monologue,” she said in an interview with the Times of India.
Indranil Roy chowdhury, a feature filmmaker from Kolkata, waited more than a decade to pitch his script to the right producer. 18 years after he graduated from FTII Pune, he made his first feature film Phoring
, a film about a boy named Phoring and his intriguing relationship with his new school teacher, Doel. “I know many who are armed with a great script but because they don’t want stars they don’t get financiers. I just hope one day they make their films and people make them superhits, irrespective of stars.”
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they don’t cancel the Dhaka tour at the last minute.