Avijatrik director Subhrajit Mitra says ‘will carve my very own path somewhat than observe another person’ after Nationwide Movie Award win


Bengali movie Avijatrik gained not one however two Nationwide Awards on July 22. Directed by Subhrajit Mitra, the movie options Arjun Chakraborty, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Arpita Chatterjee, Ditipriya Roy, Sreelekha Mitra, and others. Avijatrik gained in two classes on the 68th Nationwide Movie Awards – Greatest Bengali Movie and Greatest Cinematography. With the movie’s makers and the workforce basking within the success, IndiaToday.in spoke to filmmaker Subhrajit Mitra about his massive win.

Excerpts from the interview:

Congratulations on profitable two Nationwide Awards for Avijatrik. How are you feeling?

I’m on cloud 9. I gained’t say that I by no means anticipated this to occur. Even whereas I used to be engaged on it, I used to be assured that the movie I’ve delivered is one-of-a-kind. However this [the National Award win] was sort of sudden as a result of I got here to know within the morning itself that as we speak the Nationwide Award winners can be introduced. My whole schedule is haywire proper now.

Avijatrik is a sequel to the basic Apu Trilogy, directed by Satyajit Ray. Had been you nervous earlier than selecting this?

Not likely. If I didn’t have the boldness, I wouldn’t have tried this sort of a movie. I had the audacity, if I’ll say so (laughs), of taking the bull by the horns. I felt this story wanted to be informed, and Ray didn’t painting it on the massive display screen. However, it is part of the unique novel, solely the final one-fourth a part of it was by no means filmed. Possibly it was destined for me. No person has tried this from the piece of literature within the final 60 years.

Do you assume the movie acquired due credit score earlier than profitable the Nationwide Award?

Avijatrik has already been an enormous success at worldwide movie festivals. To date, it has obtained 26 awards, 42 nominations and 18 official alternatives all internationally. Internationally, it’s been accepted fairly properly. We had launched the movie in the course of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s the rationale individuals have been just a little apprehensive about going to the theatres. Proper now, we’re planning to re-release the movie.

If not Avijatrik, which movie did you’re feeling deserved to win the Nationwide Award?

I’m very aggressive. Why two, why did we not get all the foremost 11 awards? It’s out of the query. If I’m making Avijatrik, it ought to win all of the awards.

Like your up to date Srijit Mukherji, who can also be a Nationwide Award-winning director, will we see you making a foray into Bollywood?

I’m already in talks a couple of Hindi challenge however I don’t wish to time period it Bollywood, as a result of Bollywood is a really mainstream coinage. I really feel that if my story must be informed in Hindi, I’ll try this. Avijatrik wanted to be informed in Bengali, so I informed it in Bengali. We’re Indian filmmakers, we make Indian movies, regardless of the language.

Do you assume you may be the subsequent Srijit Mukherji or do you need to create your personal area of interest?

I’m not into any sort of rat race. I’ve my very own set of priorities. Movies are a really small a part of it, that’s not the tip of all. I desire to work primarily based on interval literature. That requires plenty of analysis and funds are a vital a part of it as a result of interval literature requires lots of funding. I’m prepared to attend and carve my very own path somewhat than observe another person.

Avijatrik launched in January 2021.

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