By Trisha saha
After receiving many prestigious awards & nominations in numerous film festivals, Manoj A Michigan’s silent short film “I Reborn‘ is Out Now on YouTube.
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SLEBy1RCXk
I Reborn, a short silent without dialogues, opens a window to the world of an undertaker/dom who lives in isolation with his aged father in the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal. He carries on his duties as a son taking care of his immobile father breathing through his existence. His father observes his son continuing his own vocation, that of a medium that gives death its destination, cremating the departed relatives of the villagers nearby. Suddenly, one day, life enters their cocooned world in the form of a baby that gives a completely alien perspective to their outlooks. The cycle of life and death takes on a new meaning when a familiar face of a woman, who had aroused his inner craving for his own family, arrives as an abandoned corpse at his doorstep. I Reborn, is the awakening, rising, dying and the re-awakening of this eternal universal cycle that we all invariably travel on.
Death as a subject has always fascinated me. I had always wanted to make a silent film on death as of life’s ultimate truth – the truth that rekindles the breath of life again. What was difficult was to formulate the screenplay and convey the relationship between father and son – pointing out the nuances, the role-play, the emotions, the anger, the joy and ultimately the realisation the end and the beginning. Thanks to my producers , my entire team of friends and technicians that this dream was realised. They worked with practically minimal budget without any demands , and passionately made it their own film. This is their film.
DEBOPRIYO MUKHERJEE as THE SON
HARIDAS CHATTOPADHYAY as THE FATHER
PRODUCED BY –
GAURANGBOOKSELLERA And BHINAV VERMA
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY – SUPRIYO DUTTA
EDITOR – SANGLAP BHOWMIK
ART DIRECTOR – TAPAN SETH
COSTUME DESIGNER – SULAGNA CHOUDHURY
COLOURIST – MANAS BHATTACHARYA
SOUND DESIGN & MIX – AMIT KUMAR DUTTA
MUSIC – SAMIK ROYCHOUDHURY
PUBLICITY DESIGN – DIBAKAR DAS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – PROSENJIT KOLEY
STORY, SCREENPLAY & DIRECTION –MANOJ A MICHIGAN