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Goutam Ghose: Raahgir is about the humanity of the common man

  • Published at 11:41 pm December 10th, 2019
Raahgir
Official poster of Raahgir | Facebook

Raahgir screened on the third day of IFFK, followed by a rendezvous

Goutam Ghose is one of the few film-makers who are equally celebrated in Bangladesh and India. ThePadma Nadir Majhi director’s new film Raahgir screened on the third day of IFFK, followed by a rendezvous.

After two back to back screenings in the morning that day, we had only just begun to have lunch when one of the jury members said he was invited by Goutam Ghose to attend the screening. Without a second thought and with less than fifteen minutes to reach the theatre, we decided to reschedule one of the films in our competition section to squeeze this film in and have a chitchat with the director afterwards. 

Raahgir follows a poor woman Nathuni (Tilotama Shome) in a hilly village, as she goes to the big city to look for work. On the way, she meets Lakhpati (Adil Hussain), a carefree vagabond, who knows a short cut to her destination. The two encounter unexpected challenges along the way that reveal their true self. 

After the screening of this enchanting film, Goutam Ghose said:“Raahgir is about the humanity of the common man. They are not marginalized; we are. If you change the vantage point, you will see.”

Based on Profullo Roy’s story, the screenplay was written in a week. The film was shot in 20 days, entirely in Jarkan. 

The director discussed how he was inspired by French film-maker Andre Bazin, showing more terrains and less close up and mid shots. 

Some of the rain shown in this film was real, which helped with the overcast grey tone throughout the film. The director said an accurate weather forecast enabled them to wrap up the film before the projected finish date. 

The most metaphorical line in the film, according to the director, is when Lakhpati tells Nathuni: “Don’t take the short cut. You will get lost. Take your own path,” hinting to the fact that if we stray too far from our known world, we might not find our way back.