What inspired Aparna Sen to do Ghawre Bairey Aaj?
Aparna Sen He says that the idea of his last director Ghawre Bairey Aaj hit her after the famous murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in September 2017.
“The day Lankesh died (on September 5, 2017), I couldn't sleep all night. He was disturbed. He knew that he wanted to make a film about today's society and what better than Ghare Baire de Tagore for a premise, explains the winning director of the National Prize.
Lankesh, a journalist who became an activist, became a familiar face with her criticism of extremism and the right-wing Hindu caste system. He married brutally outside his home in Bangalore.
Ghawre Bairey Aaj, with Jisshu Sengupta , Anirban Bhattacharya & Tuhina Das in the lead & produced by SVF, will hit the theatres on November 15.
Aparna Sen also wants the story to have a contemporary touch for the audience to make it relateable to the present scenario in the country.
“In Tagore’s novel, Bimala, the female protagonist, is an upper caste Hindu woman. In my film, she is a Dalit woman. We usually show urban societies in our films, talk about upper & middle class people. The Dalits & tribals remain largely unrepresented,” she explained.
Aparna who has been vocal about many socio-political issues, also asserts it’s necessary to shed light on politics at play at different levels & how it’s affecting the common people.