Name of the film Kalikshetra (The Abode Of Kali)

Directed by Anirban Datta

Cinematography Amlan Datta, Anirban Datta

EditingSankha

Location SoundMoumita Roy, Sanjib Saha

Sound Design & MixSubhadeep Sengupta

Year 2018

CountryIndia

Duration56 mins

LanguageBengali, Urdu, Hindi (with Eng subtitles)

About the film

The city of Kalikata/ Kolkata (Calcutta) was born with Goddess Kali coded in its name. Between its rise and decline, lies the fundamental shift of the polity from pre-colonial, through the colonial and up to post-colonial age. Sharing a personalised and subjective historical consciousness, exploring creative ways to connect different times with the present, weaving in many told and untold facts, anecdotes and relics, spread over two millennia, of a city whose history is known only from the colonial age. Kalikshetra is a cartographic mapping of the labyrinth of forgotten local history of the area where the second capital of the British Empire was once chance erected, and stands weathered today. It is like a cinematic interpretation of Luis Borges's incredibly short story 'On Exactitude in Science' around the city of Kolkata.

Director’s Note

Kalikshetra is a cartographic mapping of the labyrinth of forgotten local history of the area where the second capital of the British Empire was once chance erected, and stands weathered today. It is like a cinematic interpretation of Luis Borges's incredibly short story 'On Exactitude in Science' around the city of Kolkata. The film is a sequel of my first independent documentary Bhultir Khero/Chronicle of an Amnesiac (2007), grown from the scope left open by the prequel. The journey of the film begins with deep emotional loss and an urge to fill a vacuum in history, of its local and unknown personal labyrinths. With a form like a river by a delta beside which this civilisation grew.

Director Biography

Anirban Datta left pursuing Physics to become a full-time screenwriter. He did his PG Diploma in Cinema from SRFTI, Kolkata. Tetris (2006), his diploma film was premiered as official selection in Festival de Cannes’06. Afterwards he directed and produced several commissioned or internationally co-produced documentaries, which traveled over a hundred international festivals, received numerous recognitions including three Rajat Kamal – Indian National Film Awards. Bhultir Khero/Chronicle of an Amnesiac, his first film after his film school was premiered at Yamagata. .in for motion (2008), supported by YLE, Jan vrijman Fund & Steps India was premiered in IDFA 2008 and travelled extensively including 54th Dok-Leipzig 2011. His Last film Wasted (2012) was awarded John Abraham Award for the 3rd time, screened at Kochi Biennale 2014-15 — Artist’s Cinema section. He also produced his brother Amlan Datta’s documentary Bom/One Day Ahead of Democracy (2010), supported by NHK, Sundance & Jan-Vrijman Fund, was premiered at IDFA, won several national & international awards and traveled extensively. He also works as a photographer, video and installation based performance artist, one of the founder members of the art collective Performers Independent (Kolkata) and an organizer of Kolkata International Performance Art Festival (KIPAF). He has active interest in academics and innovative methods of knowledge share, engages himself in classroom and workshop based methods. He held faculty position in the Direction &SPW dept. (film) at Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune and in the Script writing & Direction Dept at KR Naraynan National Institute, Kottayam, Kerala.