Archive of films Footsteps / Podokkhep
2006, 93 min
Section: Another View
A story of the relationship between an old man and a five-year-old girl, set against the backdrop of contemporary Calcutta. Through this chance friendship the man finds the sense of life and its majestic, ingeniously structured cyclical progression. “Hindu philosophy distinguishes four epochs in life; the fourth, old age, in many ways resembles the first. My film is about recognising this principle of existence,” says the director.
Hindu philosophy divides life - this unique gift and source of amazing experiences and encounters - into four ashrams, four periods, each of which has its own characteristic traits, regardless of who is going through it. We are all aware of the truth in the idea that both childhood and old age have much in common, but we usually only refer to it within the context of ourselves and our elementary needs, and with regards to our dependence on others. Ghosh however uses his protagonist, an old man who makes friends with a little girl, to show another kind of kinship, one much more fundamental, and at the same time, oft unheeded. Old age is a time when a person relinquishes his ambitions and superficial social roles and can once again live in the authenticity he enjoyed in his childhood. It is also a time when a person is able to accept the world in all its complexities, with its pitfalls, betrayals, and iniquity, like a child who doesn’t become bitter from the experience of pain or injustice...
About the director
Suman Ghosh (b. 1972, Calcutta, India) studied at Presidency College in Calcutta and went on to study economies in Delhi. He acquired his film training at Cornell University in New York, where he graduated from the Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance. Footsteps premiered internationally at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2006 and is Ghosh’s feature film debut. Before that he also directed a documentary about Amartya Sen, the Indian Nobel Prize Winner for Economics in 1998.
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About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Dir. of Photography:||Samiran Dutta|
|Cast:||Nandita Das, Soumitra Chatterjee, Shabitri Chatterjee, Tota RoyChowdhury, June Maliah, Sweta Dutta|
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