Magazine article Screen International

Sengupta Gets Abstract with 'Jonaki'

Magazine article Screen International

Sengupta Gets Abstract with 'Jonaki'

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Sengupta says Jonaki, which literally translates as 'firefly,' is "an abstract film based on the story of my grandmother who was in a coma for four days. I wondered what she was thinking."

Veteran actress Lolita Chatterjee plays the 80-year-old lead. "It's a very brave step for her in a very difficult film," said Sengupta..

Sengupta added, "A festival run and an online release might be the most viable options. A theatrical release plan is unlikely to work for this subject and treatment."

Sengupta's debut feature Labour of Love (Asha Jaoar Majhe), about a young married couple in Kolkata, won the Fedeora award for best debut film in Venice Days 2014 and a National Film Award in India.

Samir Sarkar of Mumbai-based Magic Hour Films is producing and financing. …

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