Documentary on Nabarun Bhattacharya screened

Mahfuz Mizan | Published: 00:00, Jun 24,2019


Surojit Sen speaks at the programme. — Press Release photo

A documentary film on author Nabarun Bhattacharya was screened at the Bangladesh Short Film Forum auditorium of Aziz Super Market, Shahbagh on Saturday.

The film which is titled ‘Nabarun’ has a running time of 82 minutes. It is entirely in Bengali aided with English subtitles. It showcases the life and works of Nabarun, who passed away on July 31, 2014.

The documentary featured pieces from Nabarun’s notable creations such as Herbert, Fyataru and Lubdhok, among others.

The film also includes interviews of Nabarun, his family members and close ones.

The entire film was shot in black and white, apart from the excerpts of the film Herbert (released in 2004) which was adapted from the novel of the same name. 

Noisy and grainy effects accompany the film throughout, which apparently is a reflection of the underbelly of the writer’s mind-set as well.

Writer Surojit Sen who was involved with the research and the production of the documentary film brought the film to Bangladesh. After the film ended, a question and answer session was held.

‘We tried to give a non-linear chaotic structure to this documentary film and did not follow the traditional way of documentaries. It took quite a long time for us to complete this project. We started working on it from 2012. No one wanted to fund this and the people involved with this project worked mostly free of cost. Nabarun Da was unable to even see the rough cut of the film as his health condition worsened but did ask about the film,’ stated Surajit.              

The documentary is going to be screened in Chattogram as well, confirmed Surojit.  

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