To find my roots. I did play with colors in this film. In my country the Goddess Kali is dark-complexioned. She is the goddess of safety and courage and she likes the color red. Women in my country wear red in their weddings. The color of death is white. Sometimes Kali signifying eternity is green too! Color have played a vital role in my movie. To speak of the soul of this film- it is a common belief that it lies inside the body. It controls our ego. It takes many thousand years to see the manifestation of the supernatural . There is also the eternal strife between the ego,which is the organised self,and the id which is the instinctual trends. The story of the film “Ek Paaye Royechho Dnariye” is about all this . O did you say it is hard to stand on a leg? What about the tree? We like stories. My country is the land of story-tellers. The epic Ramayan is written in rhymes . This film has rhyme in its soul. Drama and folk-lore has been merged in the film to give its form . Is it possible to forget our mythology?
Filmography: 1.Lovers' Paradise.2003.(docu) 2.Jawaliwnwalabag of Bengal.2004.(docu) 3.Aya Chand Mama.2005(short) 4.The Missing President and His Army.2006.(docu) 5.Peace.2007(short) 6.Man,Freedom & God.2007(Docu) 7.Window Call U.2008(short) Feature Film 8.EK PAYE ROYECHO DARIYE(And LostSoul). 2012
News Articles: News Article 'Ek Paye Royecho Dariye' gets Cairo call (Press Trust of India / Kolkata November 11, 2012 16:45 IST) Engineer-turned-filmmaker Robin Das, recipient of Bengal Film Journalist Association’s best documentary maker in 2004, has been invited to the prestigious Cairo film festival for the screening his debut feature film "Ek Paye Royecho Dariye". "Got a communique that my film will be shown in Palasis Du festival on Cairo Film Festival Market. It is a real honour for an experimental film which did not have conventional shooting schedules like other Tollywood movies," Das told PTI here. The film, whose cast includes unconventional actors like Mumbai BPO professional Aditi Bhattacharya, deals with the subject of a poet's fight against political machinations in the present-day society. Unable to get a moment's peace, he has to compromise with the wrongs in society, but wrestles with his conscience and starts to recall his soul in his life. The 91-minute film also was the official selection at the Golden Aphrodite - First Feature Films Premieres 2012 and Festival de Cine de Bogota, and Cyprus International Film Festival,2012. "I had shot my film in guerrilla style with low budget. It was completed with a budget within Rs 10 lakh," Das said. Das, an engineer by profession, had earlier made documentaries like Lovers' Paradise(2003), Jawaliwanabag of Bengal (2004), Aya Chand Mama(,2005), The Missing President & His Army(2006), Peace (2007), Man,Freedom & God (2007) and short film Window calls U (2008). ................
Hindustan Times Article:
Times Of India:
Robin goes to Egypt
City based director Robin Das is all set to visit the land of pharaohs. The reason? His film Ek Paye Royecho Dariye has been invited for screening at the commercial section of the Cairo Film Festival. The promo of the film has already created a flutter on youtube for its apparently bold scenes. The director, who is an engineer by profession has already tasted success with his films being screened at the Cyprus and Bagoda film festivals. "I have chosen to to work with absolute fresh faces in this film. They have given their 100 per cent and I am quite happy with the way things have turned out," he says. The film deals with a contemporary poet who decides not to give in to the political goons. The story traces his struggle as he tries to make his mark, despite the efforts to negate his work by those in positions of power. Adity Bhattacharya has done good work in the lead role and the music by Rajdip is also something to look forward to. "I am excited about the Cairo Film Festival and hope to get a good response," Robin says.
Times Of India
Das was greatly moved when he watched a footage of the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. On being asked whether this footage had influenced him to make a film, he says, “Terrorism is a malady that has plagued society for years. This is very disturbing. And the subcontinent is looked upon as a
corrupt place by other nations and the spiritual essence of India as a nation is fast degenerating. Although this has been a disturbing issue for years, it was the 26/11 issue that triggered off the urge in me to make a film that addresses terrorism.” However, the director maintains that his film is not just about terrorism as a social malady but it also has a multi-layered structure and explores the trials and tribulations of individuals. The director has tried to show how the plight of any individual is identical to the plight of a victim of terrorism. The existing political structure is such that everyone is a victim of terrorism in some way or the other. He also tries to show how the independence of an individual is actually a farce even in modern societies and in democratic nations as the government tries to manipulate the independent opinions of its citizens.
The film revolves around a poet, Kobi Sengupta, his wife and daughter. The poet’s wife is a 26/11 victim. The daughter is raped by her father’s former political associates and how the girl gains a foothold in this patriarchal society by overcoming her trauma forms the crux of the story. The film explores the
complexity of relationships as well as deconstructs the ideas of the soul. The spiritual side of the film portrays the detachment of the poet’s soul from his body and its interaction with his wife’s soul after she dies.
On being asked why his film is called Ek Paaye Royecho Dariye, the director explains, “Metaphorically speaking, an individual can balance himself on both his feet only if the body and soul are in harmony. In my film, the protagonist compromises with the wrongdoings of those in power and thus he is deserted by his soul. Therefore, the title Ek Paaye Royecho Daariye, which suggests that he stands only on one foot.” An admirer of Ritwik Ghatak and Satyajit Ray’s style of filmmaking, Das wants to continue making films that uphold his spiritual insights and are also redolent of a strong, social message. “Mrinal Sen’s Ekdin Pratidin is a great source of
inspiration for me. I want to make films that map everyday worries of simple people in society and show how social and political issues can change the nature of their lives completely,”
signs off Das.
My Debut Feature Film:
EK PAYE ROYECHO DARIYE
My film deals with the subject of the search of soul . In the language of film I have tried to trace this journey seeking answers for it in the existing political system and human relationships. My crew of cinematographer, cameraman , editor-- all seemed to become a part of this search. It was very surprising almost shocking when one day while making the film my cinematographer went missing. A sensitive person that he is, his disappearance meant he had his own thoughts to address to .
When we were sure that no untoward incident had happened to him , we came to know that the idea of the embodiment of soul and seeking for it in complex life-situations had created an explicit impression upon him and he needed to get away from a duty-bound life in search of the answers to his own queries regarding human existence. As a film-maker I feel humbled that my film could raise in his heart this urge , these questions which go beyond the structured and formalized existence that we are expected to live. Isn't film-making also about provoking thoughts that will lead humanity to the fields of newer realizations, deeper insights into life and its intricacies?
91min.(5 Genre Movie:Myth,Fantacy,Drama,saga,political) English Subtitled Bengali Feature Movie.2012 http://ekpayaroyachodariya.blogspot.in/
Dir: R Das.
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