Director: Indranil Roychowdhury
Genre: Drama, Crime
A beautifully minimalistic intertwining of ordinary lives in Kolkata, Debris Of Desire follows four main characters with varying approaches to achieve their seemingly impossible dreams of a better life. There is Satya, the petty criminal in love with his reluctant benefactor, Beuti, a savvy, hard-working sex worker. Their story has shadows of an innocent love story between two dreamers, but Satya’s enrichment attitude leads him to attempt a criminal short-cut to Beuti’s heart, potentially cutting short his own dreams after having made peace with an already tragic life. Then there is Soma, a pragmatic mother, who finds work as a handmaid, tired of waiting for her husband Chandu to find a job. His broken ego and impatience drives him to a life of crime. In moments of humanity, we deeply empathize with men; but their tactics are made to look even more pitiful as their stories are told in parallel to women’s histories. When their lives collide in a minimal moment with maximal impact, their fates are all but sealed, likely to be stuck in the confines of their powerless lives.
Graduating from the Film and Television Inst of India, Pune in 1995, Indranil Roychowdhury has been working as a director/producer in Kolkata since 1996. He has directed and produced over 100 television commercials, documentaries, telefilms, reality television, music videos, and game shows for Bangladeshi TV channels. In 2005, Indranil directed Tapanbabu, a short film within the omnibus feature, Ek Mutho Chobi. In 2013, he released his solo directorial debut, Phoring which received worldwide festival play. Indranil has recently completed his second full length feature, Mayar Jonjal (Debris of Desire), which is an Indo-Bangladesh co-production film based on two short stories by Manik Bandopadhyay. The film had its world premiere at the Shanghai International FF. Indranil Roychowdhury lives and works in Kolkata.