Noted West Bengal actor, director Anindya Pulak Banarjee’s second feature film ‘Watchmaker’ was screened in Dhaka University on Thursday.
Anindya Pulak Banarjee himself was present at the screening along with Director of Photography Modhura Palit and Designer Debjani Banarjee.
Dhaka University’s Mass Communication and Journalism Department hosted the event under the supervision of Dr. Naadir Junaid at Sheikh Rasel Computer Lab of Kala Bhaban on the campus.
Watchmaker is a surreal drama about a dystopian time where a ‘watchmaker’ starred by Anindya himself is concerned about time. The story is told in an off-beat fashion with many metaphorical plot elements intertwined. The entire film is shot in black and white.
The movie also casts Ritabhori Chatarjee, Ritabrata Bhattacharya, Joey Debroy, Rajdeep Sarkar and others.
Anindya Pulak Banarjee (center) along with Debjani Banarjee (right) and Modhura Palit.
After the screening a Q&A session was held.
The director and the designer expressed that this movie is a tribute to German expressionist film school and also touted the film as an ‘Anti-logic’ drama about the concept of time.
“We have left the ending open for the audience,” Anindya added about the ambiguous finishing of the movie.
Anindya Banarjee is a familiar figure in West Bengal cinema industry starring in many prominent commercial and art films including Baishe Srabon, Satyanweshi, and Nirbak. Watchmaker is his second direction attempt after critically acclaimed art film ‘Smug’.