Subrata Sen

Subrata Sen graduated in physics from Presidency College, but is a journalist by profession. He got into film working as a political correspondent, though his initial contact came through Satyajit Raj, who worked as an editor on the children's magazine for which Sen started writing as a boy. He is a writer (with a novel and many stories to his credit) but works mainly editing an online magazine located in Calcutta. His directorial debut, Ek je Aache Kanya (2000) was awarded the Srinivas National Award - a prize given to the best domestic directorial debut.







Dek Je Aache Kanya - 2000 - Bengali
(The Girl)

Anjan works in advertising and has recently rented a room in a house in the suburbs of Calcutta. Eighteen-year-old Ria, who lives there with her grandfather, falls in love with the new tenant. But Anjan already has a long-time girlfriend, Rupa, who works with him in advertising. The rejected girl in vain tries to win Anjan's favour. When she sees that her efforts are futile she starts to make trouble for the couple. At first her mischief is only minor, but it is followed by more serious threats to Anjan's advertising project. And when the couple announce their engagement the girl becomes so enraged that she tries to kill them. A year later Ria is released from a mental institution because the doctors believe her to be stable. Anjan and Rupa are married and have moved away. But a new tenant has moved into grandfather's house.

Direction & Screenplay: Subrata Sen
Cast: Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Debashree Roy, Konkona Sensharma, Mithu Chakraborty, Sougata Sarkar, Arjun Chakraborty
Cinematography: Sirsa Ray
Editing: Rabiranjan Maitra
Music: Debjyoti Mishra



Swapner Feriwala - 2002 - Bengali
(And They Dared to Dream)

Subrata Sen's second feature film is a modern-day fairy tale set against a backdrop of contemporary India, which takes up the age-old conflict between good and evil. The protagonists are Shomeo and Siddharta and their friend Turni. Since the death of her parents, Turni has lived in her grandfather's old house. Lately the house and its operations have been taken over by a charlatan named Tantra who is masquerading as a holy man. His goal is to gain the house for himself by manipulating the residents. Tantra even has an ally - Turni's aunt Jogini. Shomeo and Siddharta, who are versed in magic, recognize the danger and decide to warn Turni. At first Turni doesn't believe them, but later, when she notes how the charlatan's influence is growing, she realizes that she was mistaken. Jogini even begins forcing Turni to become 'initiated'. Luckily Shomeo and Siddharta arrive in time to settle the score with Tantra and save Turni. Turni hopes to be able to start a new life with Shomeo (whom she now loves), but he's decided to set out to find 'true magic'. Siddharta stays and it seems as if he might become Turni's better half.

Direction & Screenplay: Subrata Sen
Cast: Subrata Datta, Ferdous Ahmed, Nilanjana Sharma, Dipankar De, Baishakhi Marjit
Cinematography: Sirsha Ray
Editing: Rabiranjan Maitra
Music: Debajyoti Mishra



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