ek nadir golpo

Port Louis, Mauritius

#1 Nov 30, 2007
CHENNAI, India -- In "Tale of a River" ("Ek Nadir Galpo"), first-time director Samir Chanda adapts a short story by Bengal's renowned poet and writer, Sunil Gangopadhyay, and turns it into a sensitive portrayal of a father-daughter relationship. Setting the film in a Bengali village, Chanda uses the lush, virgin beauty of the countryside to narrate the tale of a river on whose banks Anjana/Anu (Shweta Prasad) grows up. A motherless child affectionately raised by her postmaster father, Darakeshwar Bhattacharya (Mithun Chakraborty), she is bubbly and spreads joy in the neighborhood.

Pregnant with messages -- such as the value of female education (still a burning issue in rural India), the rigidity of the caste system, the divisive forces of religion, the bugbear of bureaucracy and even the evils of tobacco chewing,-- the Bengali language movie nonetheless goes beyond these to tell a poignant story of a father's fight to immortalize his daughter's name. Gripping enough to even attract non-festival arthouse crowds, it scores with its plot and visual imagery.

When college-going (the first girl in her village to do so) Anjana, or Anu as she is fondly called, dies on the banks of the river she adored, her grief-stricken father begins a crusade to rename it after her. He hits a wall with an unfeeling bureaucracy and a political system that might change any number of other names, but not of this river. Recounted with touching simplicity, "Tale of a River" -- competing at the International Film Festival of India at Panaji in Goa -- is not so much the story of flowing waters as it is of flowing feelings, those of a distraught man struggling to keep alive the memory of one person who mattered in his life.
Chakraborty essays this pain with extraordinary intensity, transforming himself from a happy, hopeful father to one completely shattered, the grief pushing him to the verge of insanity. Prasad portrays sheer joy and is a refreshing presence, though her naivety appears a trifle unbelievable. Can a teenager be this innocent in this day and age, given the reach of information through Internet even in the remotest corners of India?

Lisac Entertainment
Writer/director/production designer: Samir Chanda
Based on a story by: Sunil Gangopadhyay
Producers: Sangeeta Ajay Agarwal, Leela Chanda
Executive Producer: Chintu Mohapatra
Director of photography: Rajen Kothari
Music: Nachiketa
Costume designer: Leela Chanda
Editor: Sanjib Datta
Darakeshwar Bhattacharya: Mithun Chakraborty
Anjana/Anu: Shweta Prasad
Running time -- 124 minutes
No MPAA rating


#2 Dec 6, 2007

Port Louis, Mauritius

#3 Dec 6, 2007
Samir Chanda, one of the most talented production designers in Bollywood, makes his directorial debut with a feature film in Bengali called Ek Nodir Galpo (Tale of a river.)

Based on a story by Sunil Gangopadhyay, Ek Nodir Galpo begins as a father-daughter story and developes into this strange single-minded crusade by a village postmaster to get the village river named after his dead daughter, raped, killed and thrown into the river by a gang of ruffians.

Darakeshwar (Mithun Chakraborty) works as the postmaster in a small illage by the Keleghai river. He lives with his motherless daughter Anjana (Shweta Prasad) and they share a beautiful relationship that transcends death. Anu is the first girl in the village to graduate from school and go to college in the city. Her father waits for her every evening at the bus station. One evening, she fails to return. A day or two later, her body is fished out of the river. Refusing to accept the tragic reality of Anjana’s death, instead of cremating her, he chooses to give it burial in the river she loved so much. His belief is that if she is alive and regain consciousness.

Darakeshwar's mission is to rename the river Keleghai as Anjana in memory of his daughter who lost her life in the river. But then, no one has ever heard an appeal for a change in the name of a river. No one even knows how a river gets to be named in the first place, much less about having it renamed after a girl no one knows. So, how can a river’s name be changed? Darakeshwar moves from pillar to post, visits district offices, loses his job till boys throw stones at him taking him to be crazy It is a tragic but beautiful film and ironically, it’s the tragedy that makes it so emotionally moving. Mithun Chakraborty gives one of the best performances of his career. As Darakeshwar grows in age and experience, from a caring and affectionate father whose life revolves round his daughter, to a grieving father, who grows old with the tragedy that befalls him, to the crusading citizen to the crazy man who finally decides to change the law himself, Mithun gives a marvelous performance.

The river is more than an allegory in the film; it stands for a symbol of love, a bed for death, a character in the film, a natural reality that loves and hates with equal vengeance. Shweta Prasad is also good as Anjana with her girlish pranks, her mothering attitude towards her father, her disciplined way of life, the works. Jishu Sengupta as the conscientious police officer bent on nabbing the rapist-killers and Krishnakishore Mukherjee as the district magistrate are wonderful blends of the official and the emotional.

Chanda's screenplay and dialogue are natural and carry the typical dialect of the region it reflects, while Rajen Kothari’s cinematography captures the beauty of the river and the landscape beautifully. Nachiketa creates a melodious musical score with songs etched in keeping with the village ambience. Sanjib Dutta’s editing, the production design by Chanda himself and Debi Haldar's makeup complement the rest to make it one of the most outstanding Bengali films of 2007.

Fontana, CA

#4 Dec 14, 2007
Looking at the media reports it seems like Dada has another winner , he will again win the 4th Nataional Award which will be record if he gets it , he almost missed the best actor award , thanks to the maipulative Mr Bachchan for Kaalpurush but the movie was declared as the best movie and still had National award , Dada is great and there is no competition for him , whether its acting , fighting and of course dancing , HE IS REALLY A LIVING LEGEND NO QUESTIONS ASKED

Floréal, Mauritius

#5 Jan 4, 2008
What makes a filmmaker turn to literature for inspiration, adaptation or interpretation? Literature lacks the immediacy, the dynamism and the live action cinema offers through visuals and sounds. Over these years, cinema based on a literary piece of work has changed dramatically, even radically, throwing up the filmmaker’s personal vision through the littérateur’s original story.
For some works, the film begins to stand independent of its literary source. In some, one can see a straightforward celluloid translation of the story. Where does Samir Chanda’s directorial debut Ek Nodir Galpo stand? Based on Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Ekti Nodir Naam, this award-winning production designer’s maiden directorial film Ek Nodir Galpo, remains loyal to its original source and yet defines a character of its own within a different time, space and language ~ the language of film.
For Darakeshwar, a simple postmaster, life takes a 180-degree turn with a single tragedy. It makes you wonder about how a life less-than-ordinary, can take on a mission no one has ever heard of ~ changing the name of the village river from Keleghai to Anjana, after his dead daughter. Hundreds of fathers have lost their daughters to gang rape and murder. Their immediate and natural response is revenge, or at least filing a FIR at the local police station and seeing that it is acted upon. Darakeshwar thinks differently. He takes on with single-minded dedication, not revenge, not retribution through the police, but eternity for his daughter by getting the name of the river rechristened with hers. Is he actually trying to reinvent his daughter through the river’s infinite run and flow, ebbs and tides? It is the river his daughter loved so dearly, the river in which the rapists dumped her body, the river where he insisted his daughter be given a burial, the river he repairs to at the end of the day, oblivious to the vagaries of time, weariness, intense loneliness and hunger, to talk to his dead daughter.
From a simple story of a motherless daughter and her doting father, filled with the pranks that evolve from the naughtiness of the little girl to the motherly care of an adolescent, Ek Nodir Galpo changes mid-stream, like the river that runs through it like a lifeline, to a tale not as much the tragedy of a father who has lost the only emotional crutch he could lean on, as it is the story of a strange mission that raises questions about the futility of aspirations, ideology, material affluence in the face of a man’s unique mission. He stops going to the post office; he hops from one official to another with his appeal... But nothing can make him give up.
He ignores the conscientious young police officer’s pleading to cooperate in the hunt for his daughter’s rapist-killers.
Ek Nodir Galpo is Mithun Chakraborty’s one-man show from beginning to end, complemented beautifully along the way with Shweta Prasad as the adolescent Anjana who keeps haunting his present through flashbacks. Within the brief time-span of the film’s story, you watch him grow from a young father to a man who ages much beyond his chronological years; you are mesmerized with the way he brings alive a father crazed with a mission no one has ever heard of. He changes his voice, his gait, his body language and his facial expression as he grows along with the film. It is perhaps, his career-best till date. Krishnakishore Mukherjee as the DM, Anjan Srivastav as his ingratiating secretary and Jishu Sengupta as the police officer are very good.

Floréal, Mauritius

#6 Jan 4, 2008
Nachiketa’s musical score, Sanjib Dutta’s editing, Rajen Kothari’s cinematography and Anup Mukherjee’s sound design move in keeping with the moods and flows of the Keleghai river, gently and angrily, placidly and patiently, listening to the outpourings of a grieving father. Darakeshwar defines grief as an overwhelming trigger that moves him towards a different mission, transforming it from the personal to the political. The film is an ode to the pain and the crusading spirit of a human being. For Ek Nodir Galpo, all questions on adaptation are rendered futile. The film has the last word.
the phoenix

Kolkata, India

#7 Dec 5, 2010
It has not got released in Bengal yet...But I have seen the promos on you tube....I am speechless about the performance of mithun chakraborty..eagerly waiting for the movie...
pritam paul

New Delhi, India

#8 Feb 22, 2011
i am speechless,
thank you all artist of "ek nodir golpo" to present us this awesome movie. love u bangla..........

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