Renowned littérateur Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s life and times have been portrayed in a documentary, ‘Shadows of Ambiguity’. Directed by national award winning filmmaker Ashoke Viswanathan, the documentary traces the journey of the littérateur, both corporeal and spiritual, giving a fascinating peak into the man behind literary masterpieces like ‘Manabjamin’, ‘Durbin’, ‘Patalghar’, ‘Bikeler Mrityu’ embracing various genres like ghost stories, children’s fiction, spiritual odysseys, social satires, fantasies and political thrillers, many of which made their way on to the silver screen.
A host of critics and colleagues like Samaresh Majumdar, Abul Bashar, Samik Banerjee, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Nabaneeta Dev Sen hold forth on Mukhopadhyay even as he himself dwells on his own doubts and fears, identity crisis, his depression and then being swept away by a wave of spirituality, finding solace in nature and becomes a wanderer, a fakir.
“I have perhaps done a first of its kind experiment in this documentary by not having any background commentary at all. My film speaks to the audience through the voice of Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay himself,” said Viswanathan who has scripted and produced the film. A special screening was held recently at Nandan III. Presented by Sahitya Akademi, ‘Shadows of Ambiguity’ is part of a series of 156 documentaries being made on Indian writers, 16 of which are from Bengal that include Annada Shankar Ray, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Alok Ranjan Dasgupta, Sankha Ghosh and others.
Source : Timesofindia