CPI(M) has hired eminent documentary filmmaker Soumitra Ghosh Dastidar to make a three-part documentary that would highlight the need for industries in Bengal and expose the Opposition which is trying to stall the growth of industries in Kolkata.
Soumitra – who will shoot for 25-days at a stretch in Nandigram, Singur, Vidarbha and Punjab – plans to release the documentrary film by the third week of May.
To be captured in three CDs of 20 minutes each, Soumitra said the documentary is going to be a challenge for him. In this film, he wants to narrate the truth and search for an alternative policy to the Left Front government has adopted for setting up industries in Bengal.
“I am a Marxist filmmaker. And through my documentary, I want to raise debate a on the current issue and also involve the people to think and come out with a solution to the present crisis that led to Nandiram and Singur,” said Soumitra Ghosh Dastidar.
Catapulted to fame with his documentary fillms like “Nothing Official” on the burning of Godra in Gujarat in 2002, the sequel “Genocide and After” on Gujarat, “A letter to my daughter” after the death of Manorama in Manipur in 2005 and the recent film “Story of a Golden River” on the dams in the North-East, Soumitra says his documentary on Nandigram and Singur to be well-received by the policy-makers, intelligentsia and common people of the country.
Like his previous documentaries, Soumitra expects his film to be shown in film festivals, television channels, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, Calcutta University, Jadavour University and diffrerent social forums.
“I believe people have seen only one side of Nandigram and Singur. My documentary will show the other side. It will speak about the actual Indian scenario, whether there is any alternative to what is being practiced by the Left Front government in acquiring land industries and the current scenario,” said Soumitra about the documentary that is being sponsored by CPI(M)’s frontal organisations the DYFI the SFI.
In the documentary, Soumitra would also highlight how the Green Revolution has failed, the suicide of Vidarbha farmers, the starvation deaths in Kalahandi, the agitation in Orissa and the state of agriculture and industry in the post-90s neo-liberal economy.
The idea of the documentary, said Soumitra, is to take a close look at the paradigms and also search what if the paradigms are not accepted then where lies the solution? “I will play with space in the film. Because it would not be limited to Bengal alone, but also cross the national frontiers and look at Chilli and Nicaragua. And of course, it will have three interviews of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and Bengal’s Industries and Commerce Minister Nirupam Sen,” said Soumitra.
And most importantly, the documentary would show how with the changing times, the Left is also undergoing change. Like, consolidate agriculture and make it the platform for the growth of Industries in Bengal.