Marichjhapi of Bauddhayan to explore love in the midst of pain

Bauddhayan Mukherji is ready for his next 'Marichjhapi' based on an incident considered a dark chapter in the history of the communist government in West Bengal.

Bauddhayan plans to explore a different side of the tragic incident: Marichjhapi has to do with love. It was the love for the mati, jol, hawa of Bengal that inspired so many people to return and settle Marichjhapi . There is also a more conventional narrative of love between man and woman in my film. But it is classified and is part of the script. It would be premature to talk about that now.

When asked why making a film on such a sensitive subject, the 'Teenkahon' director explains: I was introduced to Marichjhapi during my college days in the mid-1990s. When I researched on it, I found out about this incident. Some did not even hear of Marichjhapi. That very moment I decided to do a film on it.

So what's Marichjhapi all about? In 1978, several refugees, mostly Hindus, fled Bangladesh to settle in West Bengal. Almost 40,000 came to Marichjhapi, an area which was then protected under the Forest Reserve Act.

However, the government of the Left Front that then ruled West Bengal called these refugees squatters and decided to evict them. In January 1979, an economic blockade of the refugees was placed. On January 31, police reportedly opened fire on refugees trying to leave the land and it was a kind of genocide.

When Supreme Court of Calcutta By lifting the economic blockade, the government began to forcibly evacuate the people who caused the tragic death of many settlers. According to unofficial reports, almost 1,000 were killed and the survivors were deported to the Dandakaranya region further south.