52nd edition

Padma Nadir Majhi

Goutam Ghose

Fortnight 1993, Feature film, 2 h 06

Synopsis

 » Padma Nadir Majhi  » is a saga about man’s eternal struggle against hostile nature, against oppressive society, and against his own dark and irrepressible desires. Its locale is the mighty river Padma that meanders through the heart of Bengal; its characters brave boatmen who challenge its dangerous waters for survival. Set in an India before partition of 1947, it is a contemporary classic by the Bengali novelist Manik Bannerji. Around Kuber the boatman is woven an elemental tapestry of situations and characters. His crippled wife Mala, his voluptuous sister-in-law Kapila, his adventurous employer Hossain Mian, his children and his neighbours are caught in a vortex of passion and poverty, lust and love, dreams and desperation. Always, there is the river Padma, whose banks are constantly eroding and reforming, mercurial as the men who live on them. And where the river meets the sea, stands Hossain Mian’s Moina Island. Is it the promised land, the last refuge, the ultimate paradise, or yet another vortex, another inferno ?

Casting

  • Adul Khaer
  • Asaad
  • Champa
  • Hasan Imam
  • Rabi Ghosh
  • Rupa Ganguly
  • Utpal Dutt

Team

Screenplay
Goutam Ghose d’après le roman de Manik Bannerji

Image
Goutam Ghose

Sound
Anup Mukherji

Editing
Moloy Bannerji

Music
Goutam Ghose & Aauddin Ali

Set decoration
Ashoke Bose, Mohiuddin Faroque

Production

Production : Government of West Bengal, Calcutta, Inde Vente à l’étranger : Fortissimo Film Sales, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas

Title in Original Version : Le Batelier De Padma

Awards

Prix du CICT