Bengali movie ‘Avijatrik’, which pays tribute to the enduring Satyajit Ray and Soumitra Chatterjee, has received Best Film, Best Music and Best Production Design awards at 2021 Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival of Boston. The movie is directed by Subhrajit Mitra, produced by Gaurang Jalan and co-produced by Madhur Bhandarkar.
‘Avijatrik’, a tribute to Satyajit Ray, Ravi Shankar and Soumitra Chatterjee, takes off from ‘Apur Sansar’, the place the trilogy resulted in 1959. The film is predicated on the final one-third of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s novel ‘Aparajita’.
The Madhur Bhandarkar movie, ‘Avijatrik’ earlier traveled to IFFI (International Film Festival of India – chosen in Panorama) and KIFF (Kolkata International Film Festival) and later to prestigious worldwide movie festivals like Shanghai International Film Festival( chosen in Panorama), Miami International Film Festival, Montreal Independent Film Festival and Seattle Film Festival, amongst others.
Madhur Bhandarkar mentioned, “We are happy to hear about adding more awards in our kitty with ‘Avijatrik’s journey at CIFFB. As a filmmaker, there is no better reward than seeing your film resonating with audiences all across.”
The story is the journey of a father and his son and the way the daddy relives his complete childhood by means of the eyes of his son. The story revolves round a chic bond between a father, Apu, and his 6-year-old son Kajol who misplaced his mom to an unpropitious destiny throughout his delivery. Apu lastly bids farewell to his village, his metropolis, his motherland and embarks on a spirited journey with Kajol and good friend Shankar. They go in quest of new beginnings, to unexplored terrains in a faraway land.
Talking in regards to the awards at CIFFB, producer Gaurang Jalan mentioned, “This year has been remarkable for ‘Avijatrik’. We set out to make a film that would be a befitting tribute to maestros Satyajit Ray, Soumitra da (Soumitra Chatterjee) and Pandit Ravi Shankar. As a producer, I am very happy with such a heartwarming response from film festivals all over the world.”
The music of Madhur Bhandarkar’s movie is given by Bickram Ghosh whereas the title monitor is a variation by Anoushka Shankar, of her father Pandit Ravi Shankar’s iconic ‘Pather Panchali’ theme.
‘Avijatrik’ stars Arjun Chakrabarty, Ditipriya Roy and Arpita Chatterjee in key roles.