It's a different engagement with the images of life for Indrajit Paul, an artisan at Kumartuli. For the past several years, Paul who has been giving life to clay idols in the remote lanes of one of the most popular addresses in the city has switched to celluloid
Bitten by the movie bug, the artisan decided to take the camera in his hand instead of the brush and has shot a onehour telefilm with the help of amateur artists and visitors to Kumartuli. "Since childhood I have been watching films being shot in the lanes of Kumartuli.
I was deeply fascinated and hardly missed a chance to interact with the actors and the production team. Our family profession was idol making but lights, camera and action always fascinated me," said Paul. The artisan has finally succeeded in giving shape to his dream with a few like-minded people who visit his workplace.
"I shared my idea with some people who work in different fields but were interested in acting. They agreed to work voluntarily. Around 20 people were roped in for the film."
He claims that the story line of his telefilm is completely different from other films, "It is not like other movies where good triumphs over evil. We are trying to illustrate that evil cannot be ended in a short duration as shown by the films in which the hero kills the villain at the end.
The bad will continue to survive unless mindset of people and society change. In my film the hero dies but the villain survives," says the artisan, who is playing the role of villain in the film, which has been titled Gundaraj.
The film, made on a budget of Rs 20,000, has been shot in Kumartuli, Kalyani and Baranagar. The shooting was completed in 10 days. Mayuri Mukherjee, an actor in the film who plays the role of a receptionist in a private company, said, "I have interest in acting.
So when the role was offered to me by one of my relatives who knew the director, I at once accepted it." Rahul Sarkar, the hero, said that he has worked voluntarily after being impressed with the artisan's passion for filmmaking, "I have a keen interest in acting and have been trying to make my career in modelling.
I decided to be the part of the film as it is a rare feat for any artisan to become a filmmaker." The production team has been approaching private channels for telecast.
Artisans shoot hour long telefilm with the help of amateur artists.