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Lockdown short Ebong Ami is a philosophical discourse on life and its purpose


Directed by Ranajit Dey and Sudeep Yadav, the short film features Pujarini Ghosh and Anubhav Kanjilal as an estranged couple.

Roushni Sarkar

Ranajit Dey and Sudeep Yadav’s lockdown short film, Ebong Ami delves deep into the human psyche against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring Pujarini Ghosh and Anubhav Kanjilal, the film raises existential questions, coupling them with songs of Tagore.

In the film, Ghosh and Kanjilal feature as an estranged couple. Down with fever, Kanjilal gives his former girlfriend a call, suspecting that he has only a brief moment to live. Ghosh consoles him saying that he is panicking unreasonably and they both initially reach a closure to their relationship. However, their discussion eventually leads them to rediscover each other. While Ghosh discovers a sensitive side to her former boyfriend, the latter is surprised to find that she has evolved so much since they broke up.

Contemplating his death, Kanjilal raises existential queries regarding the fate of humanity. As he looks at the bright moon outside his window, he wonders whether it's beauty woud have any sgnificance if humans cease to exist. On the other hand, Ghosh is unable to see the moon due to the overcast sky. She, instead, speaks with a realistic perspective, stating that reaity cannot be altered whether humans exist or not. 

In the film, one voice speaks of reason while the other attempts to find the meaning of individual existence. Kanjlilal further says that even after death, his existence would remain as long as his memory lives with Ghosh. Death makes him face questions that he never pondered before.

The use of Tagore’s poem ‘Amar Chetonar Ronge Panna Holo Sobuj’ and the instrumental version of his song, ‘Tumi Robe Nirobe’ in the background amplifies the depth of the content.

Watch the trailer below:

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