Story, Script & Direction: Som
Cinematography: Shubhadeep Dey
Editor: Pradipta Bhattacharyya
Sound: Parthapratim Barman
Ujantali is an emotional journey of a woman, who left her homeland with similar name in Bangladesh and migrated to India with her father during partition. Now in her old age, she still couldn’t forget her childhood memories and the days she had spent in Ujantali. She is aware that it is now impossible for her to return to her native land, but kept dreaming for so; as she still believes in the fairy tale that her father used to tell her during her childhood, where the fairy-tale princess could manage to return home from the captivity of the dark devil.
Som’s intelligent use of clips from Ritwik Ghatak’s ‘Komal Gandhar’ and ‘Titas Ekti Nadir Naam’ successfully communicated the feelings of partition. The shot of two children running through the jungle of Kans grass, resemble the moods of Apu and Durga from Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali.
The director questioned the time and emotional gap between the generations in Ujantali. This become more prominent when Baban, a young photographer in the film representing today’s generation, rudely questioned the old woman, whether she will weep the same way, if any Indian village drown in flood as Ujantali had gone. The old lady’s decision to ignore his question is the real answer. This is how today’s generation sees the older generation. It’s the difference and conflict of views of two generations which we all carefully swept below the carpet, but couldn’t ignore its existence.
This experience of Ujantali raises many questions about us and how we are growing mechanical, in ways devoid of emotion. This film’s success is, it makes you think even after the film is over. A must see for every cine-lover who loves to watch a good film and think beyond.