26 October, 2020

Scalpel Of Truth In The End Credits

Old aides join in to make Rituparno Ghosh’s unfinished film, Satyanweshi, seaworthy

Scalpel Of Truth In The End Credits

“Tara dim, tara dim, bijuri ghana ghore...byakula hiya dhund tohra.” (Dark clouds gather...the distant thunder rumbles...my restless heart is searching for someone...where are you)

—Rituparno Ghosh.

Music composer Debojyoti Mishra’s own restless heart was in need of a familiar presence by his side. Mishra was at the editing table, trying to sync his tunes with these lines from a song Rituparno Ghosh wrote for Satyanweshi, his last film which he left unfinished when he died suddenly on May 30.

“But I knew Ritu was gone forever. I would have to do this without him. I realised how dependent we music directors are on directors, especially those like Ritu, who are there with you at every stage, taking interest in the smallest detail.” Mishra was trying to revive memories of all those lost days when “Ritu would give me some guidance, some instruction about what he wanted”. Admitting “absolute helplessness” as he...



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