Bhubaneswar: RUNANUBANDHA (The HE without HIM), produced by Swastik Choudhury (of Odisha based Swastik Arthouse) and directed by Amartya Bhattacharyya, has won the Best Editing award at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival 2019 at Ontario, Canada. The film has been edited by the director – Amartya Bhattacharyya himself. The festival, this year, had the theme ‘Courageous Cinema’ and it boasted of some wonderful films from across the South Asian countries.
‘Runanubandha’ is also one of the two Indian feature films to be selected at the 17th Oakland International Film Festival, to be held next month in September. It premiered in the International competition of 24th Kolkata International Film Festival last November. Since then, the film has earned a lot of attention at the festival circuit with its joint International Premiere at festivals in France and UK in April 2019.
The film features first time actor Priyanka Ghosh Roy as the protagonist character around whom the film revolves. Swastik Choudhury, who is also the producer of the film, plays a very interesting character. Renowned Indian filmmaker Susant Misra plays a short cameo as an actor. The music of the film is scored by Kisaloy Roy, whereas the much iconic Rock musician and the National award winning singer Rupam Islam sings the title song. The film is shot in Kolkata and portrays the city in an unique way, capturing the real moments of everyday life amidst a semi-surreal narrative. Amartya has written, directed, shot and edited the film himself. The sound is designed by Sujoy Das of Filmstop Entertainment, who also happens to be the co-producer of the film.
This film is the third feature film of national award winner Amartya Bhattacharyya, who has earlier made two Odia films – Capital I and Khyanikaa (The Lost Idea), both critically acclaimed at various international film festivals round the world. However, ‘Runanubandha’ is the first feature film in his mother tongue.