‘Bird of Dusk’, the first exhaustive documentary-feature film on the late Rituparno Ghosh, received an overwhelming response from the audience with cine buffs sitting and standing even on the aisles to see the premiere at Nandan, Kolkata on Thursday, 10 January. Rituparno who heralded the present Renaissance of Bengali films breathed his last on May 30, 2013 at the age of 49.
Sangeeta Datta, the director of ‘Bird of Dusk’, couldn’t be more than happy to receive such love after all the hard works. “Both the compilation and editing of footage were extremely difficult as these were shot in several formats. Also, the celluloid footage needed to be converted to the digital format for the screening. Generally in India documentaries don’t get the opportunity of theatrical release. So, we are quite lucky in a way”, she said.
The 95-minute documentary-feature has a number of interviews with actors who had worked closely with Rituparno, including Aparna Sen, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Konkona Sen Sharma, Soumitra Chatterjee, Nandita Das, Sharmila Tagore and Arjun Rampal among others.
‘Bird of Dusk’ was screened at the 2017 Kolkata International Film Festival also. It was basically a rough cut exhibited on the last day of the film fest. At that time the documentary-feature was still at the work-in-progress stage with a much longer duration.