Basu began his career with critically acclaimed short films, An Afternoon With Julia (2016) and The Paper Man (2017). Both were screened at the Cannes Court Métrage.
Abhiroop Basu ropes in Adil Hussain, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee for short film Meal
Kolkata - 14 Jun 2018 12:00 IST
Actor Adil Hussain has been roped in for Abhiroop Basu’s upcoming short film Meal. The poignant film without dialogues will be shot in Kolkata.
Basu, a student of Prague Film School, began his career with critically acclaimed short films, An Afternoon With Julia (2016) and The Paper Man (2017), that were screened at the Cannes Court Métrage in the last two consecutive years.
In Meal, actress Ratnabali Bhattacharjee and thespian and playwright Arun Mukherjee will also play important roles.
The 10-minute-long film revolves around a family thrown into disorder. In an interview with the Times of India, a daily, Basu said, “The film captures the aftermath of an incident that has shaken the family, comprising a child, his parents and a grandfather. The child is living in this disturbed environment, where we see the parents with bruises and the grandfather packed away in some corner of the house, uncared for. It’s his first day of secondary exams.”
“Abhiroop’s cinematic narrative is influenced by his learnings abroad. His work is poignant and real, which I am a sucker for. It’s shot indoors in Kolkata,” actor Hussain told Times of India.
Speaking about the uniqur style used in the film, Basu said, “Since the film has no dialogue, the expressions of the actors and the camera angles used become much more important. I have played the entire story based on mise-en-scene. This helped me mould my character’s shape.”
“I am happy that people have woken up to the idea of how powerful storytelling can be in the short film arena,” Bhattacharjee said while sharing her experience of working in the short film.