Renowned Indian actress Sharmila Tagore, a pillar of Indian cinema, is set to make her grand return to Bengali cinema after over 13 years in the highly anticipated film “PURATAWN” (THE ANCIENT), helmed by award-winning filmmaker Suman Ghosh. The first look of the film was unveiled ahead of the European Film Market, generating significant buzz and anticipation among cinephiles worldwide.

In “PURATAWN,” Tagore stars alongside the versatile Rituparna Sengupta and talented Indraneil Sengupta, marking a stellar ensemble cast for this exploration of cultural richness and human emotions against the backdrop of Bengali heritage. Directed by Ghosh, the film promises to delve into the intricacies of relationships and the timeless essence of Bengali culture, with Tagore portraying the role of a matriarch navigating the challenges of aging and rediscovering life.

The film’s narrative unfolds as Tagore’s character celebrates her 80th birthday at the ancestral house, with Rituparna Sengupta portraying her daughter and Indraneil Sengupta her son-in-law. The events that follow over the next week become central to the storyline, exploring profound complexities that shape their collective journey.

Ghosh has assembled a formidable team for “PURATAWN,” including acclaimed collaborators such as Ravi Kiran Ayyagari as Director of Photography, Angelica Monica Bhowmick as Associate Director, and Tanmoy Chakraborty as Production Designer. Notably, Aditya Vikram Sengupta, a celebrated filmmaker known for his works like “LABOUR OF LOVE” and “ONCE UPON A TIME IN CALCUTTA,” serves as Editor, ensuring a compelling cinematic experience.

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The involvement of distinguished professionals like Dipankar Jojo Chaki for sound design and Alokananda Dasgupta for musical composition further amplifies the film’s artistic caliber.

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RITUPARNA SENGUPTA AND INDRANEIL SENGUPTA ALONGSIDE SHARMILA TAGORE IN THE FIRST LOOK OF PURATAWN.

Director Suman Ghosh, a National Award-winning filmmaker with a diverse portfolio of films and documentaries, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, describing it as a “labour of love” and a journey into the heart of Bengali culture. He praised the contributions of Tagore and Rituparna Sengupta, highlighting their depth and authenticity in portraying their characters.

Tagore herself expressed her excitement about returning to Bengali cinema, emphasizing the enriching experience of being part of “PURATAWN.” She lauded Ghosh for crafting a narrative that celebrates cultural roots and the resilience of the human spirit.

Producer and co-star Rituparna Sengupta echoed similar sentiments, expressing her fulfillment in working with Tagore and Ghosh. She described the experience as a dream come true and emphasized the competence and finesse with which Ghosh has crafted the concept.

The team behind “PURATAWN” is currently in discussions with international production houses and seeking a sales agent at the European Film Market to bring the film to a global audience. With its world premiere scheduled for later this year at a prestigious film festival, anticipation is high for this cinematic gem that promises to captivate audiences with its rich storytelling and stellar performances.

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