The Home and the World Today / Ghawre Bairey Aaj
Dir: Aparna Sen / 136 mins / India / Bengali / 2019
Ghawre Bairey Aaj is inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s novel “Ghawre Bairey” (Home and the World), and is a contemporary retelling of the triangular love story involving
Tagore’s characters Nikhilesh, Sandip and Bimala. It is as much a story of passionate romance as it is of clashing ideologies in the present times, and the way these clashes
affect love and friendship.
Film Festivals selected in:
Jagran Film Festival India, 2019
Chicago South Asian Film Festival, 2019
INDIAINDIE Filmoteca Española & Embassy of India, Madrid, 2019
IFFSA Toronto, 2020
Aparna Sen is one of India’s most celebrated writer-directors and actors introduced by celebrated director Satyajit Ray. She is the daughter of the renowned film historian, critic and filmmaker Chidananda Dasgupta. Her directorial debut in the year 1981 was an English film, 36 Chowringhee Lane, which was also written by her. The film won the Golden Eagle – the Grand Prix – at the Manila International Film Festival and the Golden Lotus for best Direction at the National Awards in India. Her directorial work includes memorable films like Sati, Paroma, Picnic, Yugant, Paromita’r Ek Din and Mr. and Mrs. Iyer and The Japanese Wife. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer has won several national and international awards and has been showcased in innumerable film festivals all over the world.
She has served on juries at many international film festivals, such as the International Film Festival of India, the Moscow International Film Festival, The Hawaii International
Film Festival the Cairo International Film Festival and the Marrakesh International Film Festival.
Aparna has been honored with some of India’s most prestigious awards, including the Padmashree Award for Contribution to Cinema by the President of India and the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award.
In recent years, she has he has made several films – Arshinagar, which is a musical adaptation in Bengali of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Saari Raat, which is a
film version Hindi of Badal Sarkar’s play Saara Rattir, and Sonata, a chamber piece based on Mahesh Elkunchwar’s celebrated play of the same name. She is currently completed her latest film Ghawre Bairey Aaj, inspired by Tagore’s famous novel Ghawre Bairey (The Home and The World), but set against the backdrop of present day India.
It was the night of the news of Gauri Lankesh’s murder. I went to bed shaken to the very core of my being. What is happening to my country, I wondered, where voices of reason and moderation are being silenced so brutally?
That night I dreamt that a young, first-time director — a Satyajit Ray fan — was remaking GHAWRE BAIREY set in contemporary times. I woke up and realised that that young, first-time director was actually me! Because for me, whenever I make a film, it is always the first time! And when I am doing the work I love best- – filmmaking — I am forever young! Tagore’s GHAWRE BAIREY is about a triangular love story featuring three central characters — Nikhilesh, Bimala and Sandip — set in the turbulent times of pre-independent India.It is about how the interpersonal relationships in the home are affected by what is happening in the outside world. Aparna Sen’s GHAWREY BAIREY AAJ– is also about the triangular passionate relationship between Nikhilesh, Bimala and Sandip; but it is set against the turbulent political scenario of the India of today.
Story – Aparna Sen ( contemporary adaptation from Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Ghawre Bairey’)
Screenplay, Dialogues & Direction : Aparna Sen
Cinematography : Soumik Halder
Edit : Rabi Ranjan Maitra
Music & Background Score : Neel Dutt
Art Direction : Tanmoy Chakraborty
Make – Up : Md. Ali
Costume : Sabarni Das