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NFDC's suspense thriller VIA DARJEELING!

June 9, 2008 8:25:23 PM IST
Shoma A. Chatterji, TWF, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Chillers and thrillers are a fashion statement in the Hindi mainstream today. Arindam Nandy, who honed his skills in advertising and made a documentary on the poet-couple Radharani Debi and Narendra Deb, called 'Bhalobashar Kobi Dampati', steps into the world of feature films with VIA DARJEELING, a Hindi suspense thriller.

The film is co-produced by Joy Ganguly, a Bengali producer and presented by NFDC under the Moxie Entertainments banner.

"I had written the original script in Bengali under the title Ashaade Goppo, a phrase metaphorically linked to fictitious oral tales drawn from imagination. Joy Ganguly liked the script but wanted to make the film in Hindi. The script then went through several name-changes like 'Take 5' and 'All Tales' but we settled with VIA DARJEELING," says debutant director Arindam Nandy. "The film is set in modern day Kolkata and Darjeeling and is based on an age old Bengali tradition called 'adda' where friends get together in the rains, & exchange stories & gossip, over drinks & dinner," adds Nandy.

VIA DARJEELING has already made its presence felt at the Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival held at New York. The film was screened to a packed theatre on Broadway at the AMC Loews Theatre and at the Queen's Museum of Art in New York. Reacting to these screenings, Nandy says, "Though VIA DARJEELING is multilingual with some English, more Hindi and a smattering of Bengali, it was encouraging to find many Americans, not just Indians in America at the screening. They understood the film and got every nuance right." It was also screened at the Osian's Cinefan Festival in Delhi.

What made Nandy choose Darjeeling as a 'character' for his film? "Darjeeling is unpredictable. The interplay of the mist, the fog, the rains and the sun, the snow and the frost of the elusive Kanchenjungha evoke a sense of discovering and losing oneself at the same time. It is a place where people can change colours in one instant. It is a setting where human emotions like love, romance, trust and betrayal can change orders in seconds; before you begin to realize their presence, they are lost."

Others in the cast are Rajat Kapoor, Parveen Dabas, Sandhya Mridul, Simone Singh, Arindam Sil and Prroshant Narayannan.

Prabuddha Banerjee has done the musical score. The film has been shot extensively in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kolkata and Mumbai.


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