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Srijit Mukherji's Padatik, a biopic on Mrinal Sen, set to release on August 15
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Srijit Mukherji's Padatik, a biopic on Mrinal Sen, set to release on August 15

| @indiablooms | 03 Jul 2024, 03:07 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: Srijit Mukherji's biopic on maestro Mrinal Sen, titled Padatik, will hit the big screens on August 15 on the occasion of Independence Day.

The biopic stars Bangladeshi actor Chanchal Chowdhury and actress Monami Ghosh in the lead.

Chanchal Chowdhury plays the titular role while Monami Ghosh essays Mrinal Sen's wife Geeta Sen in the film, which is a birth centenary homage to the legend.

The teaser of the film was unveiled on May 14 marking Sen's 101th birth anniversary.

The 1:37-minute teaser begins with a scene where a massive crowd is following the last journey of presumably Rabindranath Tagore.

The teaser, which then delves into how Geeta Sen motivates Mrinal Sen to make parallel cinema, captures Sen's journey as a filmmaker amid the turbulent times with his wife by his side.

The title of the biopic is same as that of Sen's 1973 film, which is considered as the third installment of the Calcutta Trilogy by the filmmaker, starring Dhritiman Chatterjee, Simi Garewal and Bijon Bhattacharya in the lead.

Speaking of the biopic, Srijit says, "Padatik is a biographical account of the maestro Mrinal Sen’s life and time which spans over a narrative period of almost 70 years.

"It deals with Mrinal Sen’s works, his essays on cinema, his relationship with his wife, with his son, with his peers, most notably with Satyajit Ray, and of course the politics of his films and the way he used to react to the turbulent time around him."

"The treatment of Padatik follows the quintessential cinematic style of Mrinal Sen using jump cuts, freezes, handling the camera, stills, and existing footage. Padatik is a humble tribute to the maestro in his centenary year," he adds.

The film is produced by Friends Communication.

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