'Phoring,' first Bengali film on adolescent psyche

As the first Bengali film dealing with the adolescent psyche of a loner, termed as a good-for-nothing by the academic world, 'Phoring', the child protagonist has the same wanderlust as the child in popular Bengali adventure classics.

"'Phoring', the young, intrepid character in my film, wishes to reach out to the big, mysterious world outside. He watches Discovery clippings, he loves to cycle to the Dooars greens from his non-descript, defunct industrial township where life stands still," director Indranil Roychowdhury told PTI.

"I had started the project with an one line reference to make Bari Thekee Paliye by Ritwik Ghatak the way it should look in 2013, but as I elaborated and more dwelt on Phoring's psyche, there emerged the story of a 15-year-old, more attuned to the advennturist in numerous adventure classics including Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay's and Sibram Chakraborty's," the debutant feature film maker said.

Like the multi-layered psyche of an adolescent boy's mind, which turns curious about just everything he sees around from the footages of the unknown nature's domain in cable

channels to the physique of a woman he grows curious about

Phoring touches on several issues, a child's inability to communicate with the career world and his liking for a young lady teacher who spots the uncanny spark.

Asked if the teacher-student relationship can be set on parallels as the kid Ishaan in Tare Zameen Par with his male drawing teacher who could understand him better, the

director said: "If you interprete it that way as the TZP boy

was also dubbed an absolute failure by his peers and institutions in the strict sense I have no qualms."

Akash Goswami essays Phoring while Sohini Sarkar, having got critical acclaims for her role as a young, naively romantic girl in Rupkatha Noy, etches out Doyel, the teacher who spots the unconventional nature of the boy.

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