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Raj Chakraborty's Dharmajuddha to be released in theatres on 21 January 2022

Starring Subhasree Ganguly, Parno Mittra, Ritwick Chakraborty, Soham Chakraborty and the late Swatilekha Sengupta, Dharmajuddha devles into the horrific consequences of religious fundamentalism.

Roushni Sarkar

Raj Chakraborty’s film Dharmajuddha, starring Subhasree Ganguly, Parno Mittra, Ritwick Chakraborty and Soham Chakraborty, will be released in theatres on 21 January 2022.

The film was initially supposed to hit the theatres on 20 March 2020. However, cinema halls in West Bengal were shut down from 18 March onwards as the pandemic hit the country.

Dharmajuddha depicts how marginalized people from poor economic backgrounds get targeted the most by fundamentalist communal ideologies.

The trailer, released in March last year, had revealed that the film delves into the brainwashing agenda of religious fundamentalists and how lead characters Raghav (Ritwick) and Jabbar (Soham), who belong to different communities, fall prey to hate politics.

The graphic visuals from the trailer also made it clear that the director hadn’t played down the horrific consequences of communal hatred.

At the same time, he has conceived a layered narrative by making women the voice of resistance in an environment in which the men have either been lured into projecting their hypermasculinity with bloody riots or been too spineless to stand up to evil.

The late Swatilekha Sengupta plays the most secular character in the film. From the beginning, she makes an effort to hold up mirrors to Raghav, Jabbar and many other brainwashed characters and exercises her power as a mother figure to spread the message of harmony and brotherhood.