Movie review - 'Chauranga'

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The movie slated to release in January 2016, deals with the issue of caste system, which is prevalent even today in the Indian society.

The movie 'Chauranga' depicts the horrifying treatment meted out to two young ‘Dalit’ brothers and their mother who are scorned and humiliated in their village because of their caste, considered lowly in the Hindu society. The film’s title comes from a four-coloured pen, a symbol of the four Hindu castes.

The plot of the movie is a fourteen-year-old Dalit boy ‘Santu’ (Soham Maitra) and his dream is to go to a town school like his elder brother ‘Bajarangi’ (Riddhi Sen), however the reality is he looks after the pig that his family owns. His only escape is to sit atop a ‘Jamun’ tree and adore his beloved (Ena Saha) passing by on her scooter. His unspoken love is as true as his mother’s helplessness that cleans the cowsheds of the of an upper-caste village headman’s mansion, with which she also has a secret liaison. 

When the boy’s elder brother comes on a vacation to the village, he realized about his younger brother’s infatuation. The elder brother also makes him realize the need to express his love and assists him in writing love letters. This infatuation eventually sets a chain of events into motion that inextricably links the fates of each character, with a dramatic ending.

The setting may be timeless but the drama is all too contemporary; in fact it’s based on a true story that happened in Bihar in 2008, here relocated to Bengal where first time director Bikas Ranjan Mishra grew up. The movie is produced by Onir and Sanjay Suri. The film was developed at the Screenwriters' Lab organized by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) of India in collaboration with Locarno Film Festival and the Script Station of Berlinale Talent Campus, a part of Berlin International Film Festival.

The Film took home the Best Film prize at its premier in Mumbai’s India Gold section, the Golden Gateway of India Award for Best Film (India Gold 2014) at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival. It ha also won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at 13th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2015 (IFFLA)

The Film also won "Incredible India" Award for the best project of co-production market, at the NFDC Film Bazaar, International Film Festival of India, Goa 2011 and Script Funding from Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden.  

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