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Tasher Desh

Qaushiq Mukherjee's Tasher Desh, which has been selected for Rome International Film Festival, will release in India early next year

After making provocative Gandu in 2010, maverick film-maker, Qaushiq Mukherjee, better known as Q is ready with his next, Tasher Desh (House Of Cards). A modern adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's dance-drama by the same name, this was the only Indian film to be selected for Rome International Film Festival that took place recently where it competed in Cinema XXI section.

The director, who was present at the screening, says, "It is a dream to be on the same platform as some of my major inspirations like Peter Greenaway, Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis, Takashi Miike in the main competition." Tasher Desh's entry in this festival has also given him an opportunity to distribute this film internationally. He says, "We are actively negotiating to select a sales agent, who will then sell the film worldwide. There's a lot of interest, and hopefully we shall lock it soon." Meanwhile an Indian theatrical release of the film is set for early next year. "We hope to first release it in theatres in Bengal early next year, followed by a national release in the next couple of months," says the film-maker, who has grown up with Tagore's Tasher Desh and was a part of many amateur productions of the play, has been developing this film since last 12 years. He says, "Unlike other Tagore pieces, which left me unmoved to a large extent, Tasher Desh, with its colours, adventure and music, always left me transfixed. Also, every Bengali knows Tasher Desh. The impact of the play on the general cultural mindset is huge. But for some inexplicable reason, the socio-political ramifications of the script, or the several cues that exist throughout the presentation never came forth. I found it to be extremely relevant, and felt the need to present it on the screen."

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