|TAHAR NAMTI RANAJANA (RANJANA)
Due to the success of Ranjana as a staged play Mahua Productions has adapted it to the screen with English subtitles. The DVD will be released soon. Tahar Namti Ranjana, originally a radio play by Bidhyak Bhattacharjee was adapted for stage and then for TV drama by Korak Ghosh.
1960’s Kolkata. A thundering monsoon night. Ranjana has managed to get clearance from the home office and the prison’s superintendent to visit Kaushik, a convict waiting to be hanged at dawn, the man she thinks might be her long-lost brother. She has travelled 400 miles to listen to Kaushik’s story; a sinuous tale shifting between reality and fiction, made of half-truths that steps out of the shadow to take centre place in a cleverly orchestrated chessboard of lies, emotions and death.
Pundit the priest reads the Holy Scriptures and tries to ease his final stay in our world. Biraj, the officer in charge, has doubts about Kaushik’s story. Biraj is also a keen player of the national pastime, chess and he doesn’t seem to be the only one that night. They will all revert to their true selves, crossing each other’s paths on that very chessboard in one short but intense night.
In the game of life, it is not necessary to be good, it’s not even necessary to be blameless. The only thing needed is to be strong because nature abhors weakness. There is no survival of the fittest because nothing survives, no one prevails, all life is lived in the eye blink of eternity. The best that we can hope for is that we stave off the abyss long enough so we can feel in control, so we can feel that for an instant the world followed our pattern. In the absence of that, with the battle lost and the final indignity suffered, the meek and the powerful alike can only hope that they are looked upon with kindness; that their soul shows no taint upon themselves.
Ecdysis is the process by which particular insects shed their constricting outer skeleton so that they can grow. People perform psychological ecdysis every day presenting a new identity, making excuses and telling lies so that they can be protected from the consequences of being who they really are. The city gives us many reasons to be all men to all things, identity can shift with the wind. The problem is that, having adopted so many new personae, is it possible to know who we are in the first place?
A Play by Bidhayak Bhattacharjee
Adaptation by Korak Ghosh
Chumki Mitra Ranjana
Nazrul Islam Mithu: Kaushik
Shiblu Chowdhury: Biraj
Anwarul Haque: Pundit
Md. Hassan: Banerjee
Manirul Islam (Manju): Mahadev
Mia Mohamed Quamru: Guard
Set Design: Rabbi Hussain Ashfaq
Lighting: Suna Miah
Sound: Kadir Hussain
Camera: M.K. Hassan & Hermann Djumessi
Edit: M.K Hassan
Executive Producer: Hermann Djumessi & Arup Dutta Arun
Production Assistants: Lucie Eadon, Sarah Fatemi and Joydeep Dutta
Producer: Priyam Dasgupta
Presented by: Mahua Productions
Director: Korak Ghosh
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