Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Japanese Wife made into film

Aparna Sen’s much-discussed film, The Japanese Wife, has finally been scheduled for release on 9th April. Mainly in English, the film is based on a novel of the same name authored by Kunal Basu, who teaches Management Sciences at Oxford. “My original plan was to make a fictionalized film of the five trekkers from Jadavpur University who died in a trekking tragedy in 2006. During discussions with Kunal, he narrated the storyline of his then unpublished work, The Japanese Wife and I changed my plans, deciding to make this film,” explains Sen. Her fans have been waiting for more than two years for the public release of the film.

For the first time she has made a film based on someone else’s work. She has shot in a foreign locale, Japan. She chose a foreign actress, Chigusa Takaku to play the title role. She has shot in virgin areas of the Sundarbans, offering a landscape most of us have never seen before. Rahul Bose has played the main male lead. He has played Snehamoy, a simple, rustic schoolteacher who grows from a teenage of 17 to a mature man of 40 and the dimensions are intriguing. He teaches Arithmetic. He is shy and introvert, a timid young man. He is not bothered about the young widow Sandhya (Raima Sen) their neighbour who has a small son. He strikes a relationship with a girl he has never seen.

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