Aditya Vikram Sengupta made his debut with Bengali film Labour of love (Asha Jaoar Majhe).Yet again he is here with his next project Jonaki which is inspired by his grandmother. The film will feature Lolita Chatterjee, Jim Sarbh, and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee.
The story of Jonaki (Firefly in Bengali) was premiered in Bright Future Section of the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). According to Firstpost, the director said, “She (his grandmother) was raised in a very affluent and anglicised family but her education and life as she knew it came to a stop when her father passed away. She was married at 16 but was never happy in the arranged marriage. She would tear up when she showed me pictures from her childhood or told stories about her younger days. I found it very painful.”
Aditya Sengupta talked about his grandmother being in a coma and said, “I felt very guilty that I was okay with her passing away at that time and then, I started writing this story. It eventually became a blend of my dreams and imagination of the stories she had told me,” quoted Firstpost.
The director elaborated Jonaki and said, “I needed to evoke the same feelings I awoke with at night. I needed to give people access to my feelings.”
The trailer of Jonaki is out and looks promising, Sengupta is now already working on his third film titled Memories and My Mother.