Nazarband (2020): A Film by Suman Mukhopadhyay


Center for Comparative Media; Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

612 Schermerhorn Hall

Nazarband (Captive, feature film, 2020, 85mins): Film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay

In Nazarband, acclaimed filmmaker and theatre director, Suman Mukhopadhyay takes us on a visceral journey through Kolkata with an unlikely pair - Vasanti and Chandu -  two jailbirds recently released from prison. Adapted from Bengali novelist Ashapurna Devi’s Chhuti Nakoch, the film stars Indira Tiwari and Tanmay Dhanania, and is a heartfelt exploration into the depths of companionship and the meaning of rejection and acceptance.

Suman Mukhopadhyay has directed several full-length feature films: Nazarband (2020); Posham Pa (2019); Asamapta (2017); Shesher Kobita (2014); Kangal Malsat (2013); Mahanagar@Kolkata 2009); Chaturanga (2008) and Herbert (2005) which won the National Award for Best Regional Film that year. He has participated in and won awards at various national and international film festivals including Montreal, Dubai, Munich, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Zanzibar, São Paulo, Detroit, Kerala, Kolkata, Pune and Indian Film Festival at Los Angeles , New York Indian Film Festival and Melbourne Indian Film Festival. Suman has also made a number of documentaries, TV series, short films and cine-plays.