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Once Upon A Time In Calcutta

Once Upon A Time In Calcutta

2021Films Drama2 h 13 mins
Having just lost her daughter and disillusioned with her marriage, Ela decides to start an independent life of her own. Unable to secure a housing loan, she uses her boss, the owner of a ponzi scheme, to get what she wants.
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Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta

Once Upon A Time In Calcutta

2021Films Drama2 h 13 mins
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Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Details
After the loss of her daughter, Ela not only loses her identity as a mother, but also the only reason to be with her husband. When she is refused a home loan by the bank, her boss, owner of a massive Ponzi scheme, makes her an offer she struggles to accept. Ela reconnects with her stepbrother to reclaim her half of an old family theatre, but he refuses, blaming Ela for his own dark fate. In between all this, Ela’s childhood sweetheart resurfaces and gives her the warmth and hope for a new beginning. Just as Ela starts living the life, she had dreamed for herself, she realises that she isn’t the only scavenger in the city brimming with hunger.
Director
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Country
France
Norway
India
Language
Bengali

Details
After the loss of her daughter, Ela not only loses her identity as a mother, but also the only reason to be with her husband. When she is refused a home loan by the bank, her boss, owner of a massive Ponzi scheme, makes her an offer she struggles to accept. Ela reconnects with her stepbrother to reclaim her half of an old family theatre, but he refuses, blaming Ela for his own dark fate. In between all this, Ela’s childhood sweetheart resurfaces and gives her the warmth and hope for a new beginning. Just as Ela starts living the life, she had dreamed for herself, she realises that she isn’t the only scavenger in the city brimming with hunger.
Director
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Country
France
Norway
India
Language
Bengali

Accolades
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Best Film Nominee, India Gold
Mumbai Film Festival, 2022
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Best Film Nominee, Venice Horizons Award
Venice Film Festival, 2021
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Best Film Nominee, India Gold
Mumbai Film Festival, 2022
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Best Film Nominee, Venice Horizons Award
Venice Film Festival, 2021
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Best Film Nominee, India Gold
Mumbai Film Festival, 2022
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Best Film Nominee, Venice Horizons Award
Venice Film Festival, 2021
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta

Trivia
The film is also an international collaboration on a creative level. It was shot by Turkish cinematographer Gokhan Tiryaki (Palme d’Or winner), who works with Nuri Bilge Ceylan, while Dutch composer Minco Eggersman (In Blue) wrote the score.
Critics
...'an artful masterpiece...'
Times of India

Directors

Aditya Vikram Sengupta

Director's Statement

This film is a culmination of personal feelings and emotions for the city of Calcutta and its people, especially as it tries to catch up to the rapidly changing world. Leveraging real characters and actual events, the film is my effort to chip away the various layers of the previously communist city to reveal a human condition that is tragic and yet full of hope and joy. The film highlights the aspirations and struggles of people gasping for breath in an ever-expanding metropolis. For the viewer, I have tried to create a real glimpse into the murky waters of Calcutta, with colorful characters, all trying very hard to find a corner of their own without drowning.

Aditya Vikram Sengupta
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