The Best Director Award winner at the Novo Mesto International Short Film festival – Slovenia in 2003 for the film Empty for Love, a Sri Lankan genius Vimukthi Jayasundara is making his directorial debut in a Bengali movie, interestingly named “Mushroom”. He is known for his works in Land of Silence, The Forsaken Land and Between Two Worlds. Between Two Worlds has also received nomination at this year’s Cannes film festival.
The news is that the film will be hitting the theatres on 15th of November this year. He is currently shooting in different parts of Kolkata and has already rented a house in Kolkata. Shooting in Bolpur is also going on.
He has chosen to direct a Bengali film in-order to pay a tribute to the legends of Bengali cinema in their own language. As an art student he is greatly inspired by the works of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak. Rabindranath Tagore is also a great source of inspiration for him. The recent changes in the process of urbanization are playing the main theme of his story.
The story is about a man who is an architect who comes to Kolkata in search of his brother. Paoli Dam is the lead actress of the movie while Rahul plays the key role. Chandan Roy Sanyal, the talented Bollywood actor was also a part of this movie initially. However, due to the unavailability of the actor, Sudip Mukherjee has replaced him in Mushrooms. Even the Hollywood actor Darwin Shaw is featuring in this film.
The title of the movie has been aptly chosen as Mushrooms. “That was in my first draft and I wish to continue with the same name, because it significantly bears a metaphorical connotation in the flick. The film navigates an architect’s roller-coaster life and its ensuing upheavals. If you closely gaze at the minute structure of a mushroom, you’ll find it stemming up from nowhere, that is, it has no basic root foundation. And it strangely vanishes after a certain point of time. In today’s context, that is precisely the condition of all urban building constructions. The cityscape is dotted with high-rises and the skyline is rapidly changing with the ingress of a webbed network of malls-n-multiplexes. Don’t they look like mushrooms from top when peered down via an aerial view?” he asks.