Anup Singh was born in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania in East Africa. Sea journeys had filled his childhood and youth. He graduated in literature and philosophy from the Bombay University. He graduated in direction from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 1986. His first film, a half-hour journey into the lives of three different generations of refugee women, won the Hauptpreis at the Oberhausen Film Festival in 1988. He has worked as an assistant director, art director and scriptwriter with a few avant-garde film-makers in India. The Name of the River is his first feature film.
Ekti Nadir Naam - 2001 - Bengali
Anup Singh's debut feature, The Name of a River, is an ambitious and evocative docu-fictional essay exploring the life and work of the great Indian filmmaker, Ritwik Ghatak (1925-1976).
In The Name of a River, Anup Singh depicts a love story between a man and a woman crossing the river between Bangladesh and India, who play the roles of refugees, divine beings, and literary & cinematic characters. He explores the mysterious events that led to the massacre of half a million people and forced ten million people to migrate across the newly established borders.
Direction & Screenplay: AnupSingh