Nirbashito speaks more than just being ‘Banished’


Not many of well known actors claim the National Award in their debut film. But Churni Ganguly stands out in the league and definitely makes her mark on the plane of the mental terrain of the intellectual audience of the City, Oops! Not the City. It is an international capture of a macrocosmic feeling of humanism. The films deal with desolation, isolation and claustrophobia. As Churni herself says, the film is not a biopic of the banished author Taslima Nasreen, she justifies her stand in this regard. The story is of a mother who gets isolated from her daughter, a cat. Although, efforts are made to connect the two, the message of one’s own claustrophobic isolation is pretty much eminent in the movie.

The part of writing against religious fundamentalism and patriarchy might bear resemblance to some of the incidents in the near past, but Churni Ganguly’s handling of the plot and subtle smartness takes the movie for a composite acclamation. In her film, however, it is not painted how and what circumstances forced Taslima to leave her homeland and live a life in exile.

The deadness captured in the minus ten chilliness of Sweden is another sub part that heats up and establishes the gloom associated with the text. The isolation leading to the administrative mix up, finding friends in new found lands and over pre customed regulations is another part to take back from the movie. The Cat as Baaghini is just another replica or perhaps the sub-ego of the protagonist’s  never ending spirit and hope. The journey of ‘Nirbashito’ traces the life an author who is on a political exile and ends up finding the role of a ‘universal woman’ in herself who flouts the flag of Freedom of Expression.

The film stars the director herself, Raima Sen, Saswata Chatterjee along with Swedish actors Lars Bethke, Lia Boysenis, Martin Wallstrom, Joakim Granberg and Yohanna Idha.

-Spandan Banerjee