Chauranga (2016)

India| January 2016| 88 min| Hindi
Chauranga (2016)
Genre Drama
Color Color
Certification India:UA , Singapore:M18
Other Titles Four Colours
Locations Bolpur, West Bengal, India
Keonjhar, Orissa, India
Director Bikas Ranjan Mishra
Lead Cast Soham Maitra, Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Riddhi Sen, Ena Saha
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Plot Summary
Set in rural Jharkhand, the film follows the story of a Santu, a 14-year-old Dalit (untouchables) boy (Soham Maitra), who belongs to a remote countryside in rural India, where caste hierarchy and feudal caste politics are much more prevalent than the urban parts of the country. He dreams of going to a town school like his elder brother, Bajrangi (Riddhi Sen), but in the real world his destiny is stuck with looking after the pigs of his family's farm, along with his mother Dhaniya (Tannishtha Chatterjee), who works as a maid at the ancestral mansion of the upper caste village headman, Dhaval (Sanjay Suri). Amidst his so-called monotonous life enters a ray of light in the form of Mona (Ena Saha), daughter of Dhaval, whom he falls in love with. When Bajrangi comes home for a vaction, he, having seen a more liberal world, convinces his kid brother the need to express love. Unaware of the consequences of crossing boundaries in the caste system, Santu writes a love letter to the girl of his dreams, but little does he know that his expression of love will bring upon him the heat of Dhaval's anger. Dhaval, despite having an illicit relationship with Santu's mother, Dhaniya, cannot bear to see his daughter having an affair with a Dalit boy, and his wrath eventually takes Santu's life.
The story of the film is inspired by a real incident.

The title of the film has been derived from the Sanskrit word "Chauranga", which means four colours or varnas in the Indian caste system (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, Shudras), which does not even include the Dalits.

This is the debut feature film for director Bikas Ranjan Mishra, who was previously known as a screenwriter and film critic.

This is the fourth collaboration between producer Onir and actor-producer Sanjay Suri, after the duo having collaborated for My Brother...Nikhil (2005), Bas Ek Pal (2006), Sorry Bhai! (2008), and I Am (2011).

The film has already bagged a few awards before including Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at 13th Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles 2015 (IFFLA), Golden Gateway of India for Best Film (India Gold) at 16th Mumbai Film Festival 2014, and "Incredible India" Award for Best Project at the NFDC Film Bazaar, and Script Development Award at Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden.
Soham Maitra Santu
Ena Saha Mona
Riddhi Sen Bajrangi
Sanjay Suri Dhaval
Tannishtha Chatterjee Dhaniya
Dhritiman Chatterjee Pandey, the blind priest
Arpita Pal Nidhi
Anshuman Jha Raghu
Delzad Hiwale Sambhu
Dhritiman Chatterjee Pandey, the blind priest
Bidyut Das
Director Bikas Ranjan Mishra
Producer Mohan Mulani
Sanjay Suri
Executive Producer
Writer Bikas Ranjan Mishra(story)
Bikas Ranjan Mishra(screenplay)
Bikas Ranjan Mishra(dialogue)
Music Composer Vivek Philip
Cinematographer Ramanuj Dutta
Action Director
Film Editor Irene Dhar Malik
Casting Director Nalini Rathnam
Production Designer Amit Chatterjee
Art Director
Costume Designer Dev R Nil
Production Companies Anticlock Films
Distributor Anticlock Films
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Hollywood Reporter|Review by Deborah Young
A bleak and intermittently powerful indictment of the caste system
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N/A|Review by Shekhar Deshpande
It is a delicately woven yet sharp narrative set in rural Jharkhand where prejudice against the lower caste plays out in methodical brutality.
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Movie Mahal|Review by Omar Ahmed
The film deals with feudal caste politics in an Indian village. What it is clearly trying to do is recall the films of parallel cinema which were interested in Subaltern ideology and representation. Chauranga is closest to the cinema of Shyam Benegal and particularly recalls Ankur.
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