Contributor(s)/Artiste(s): Rituparno Ghosh/Suchitra Bhattacharya/at al.
Publisher: Channel B
ISBN/UPC (if available): CBDVD 023
FACTS FROM THE FILE:
1. Dahan has received three National Awards in 1998 in the category of Best Feature film, best screenplay (Rltuparno Ghosh) and Best Actresses (Indranl Halder & Rituparna Sengupta Jointly) other than Fipresci (International critics Award) and other Prestigious Awards. The film has been invited by all international film festivals like karlovy very international film festival, Regus London film festival, world Cinema, Berlin International film Festival, Internationales Forun des Jungen Films, Sen Franclsco International film Festival, ect.
2. The movie is based on the novel of same name by Suchitra Bhattacharya and the book was inspired from a real life incident in which a female Journalist Ananya Chatterjee saved a housewife from public harassment. Advised repeatedly to forget the incident and look the other way, Ananya stayed the course in her fight for Justice and even returned a bravery award from the police.
On her way home the newly wed Romita is molested by five men. The only one who has the courage to help is the young female teacher Jhinuk. Because of that she becomes a heroine and is on all papers' front page. But the page is turning: As not only the police but also neighbours begin to ask embarrassing questions the two women are eventually intimidated and the five man are getting free with the help of corruption and male domination.
Winner of 3 National and Several International Awards
A Film by Rituparno Ghosh
1. ‘‘(Rituparno) Ghosh made a pointed Statement about middleclass hypocrisy in Dahan. The performance of each protagonist makes the film worthy of the accolades received’’--- The Telegraph
2. ‘‘Hailed for his sensitivity … and for his intensity in Dahan Rituparno Ghosh has been Steadily Creating an oeuve in his own style’’ --- The Hindu
3. ‘‘This 145 – minute Indian drama, with Bengali dialogue, looks at life and attitudes among the educated Calcutta middle – class’’ --- The New York Times
4. ‘‘The Film is a complex comment on sexual politics, social issues and patriarchal values, and is extraordinarily sensitive’’ --- India Today
5. ‘‘Though the theme revolved around the molestation of a married women in a Calcutta street, it was mainly the spirit of female bonding that attracted me to the story’’ --- Rituparno Ghosh
5.1 Surround Sound
Digitally re-mastered from the original film
Six International Language subtitle for the first time in a Bengali Film DVD - English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish.