Director Sujoy Ghosh has denied that his latest short film Ahalya has been inspired by any Roald Dahl story. In a tweet he mentioned how his film is a retelling of an age-old epic with a feminist twist.
Set in a contemporary time in Kolkata, the 14-minute Ahalya is an epic thriller where the fate of an apsara (celestial nymph), a mahirishi and rain god Indra is sealed by a curse.
"I'm amused by murmurings that my short film Ahalya is 'inspired' from a Roald Dahl story. I'm amused because anyone who reads, knows that Dahl is an author of children's books.
I'm amused by murmurings that my short film Ahalya is "inspired" from a Roald Dahl story. I'm amused ... http://t.co/f3PSIFFoyI— sujoy ghosh (@sujoy_g) July 24, 2015
"My film, as is evident, is an age old myth, slightly adult in nature, adapted with a feminist twist. I am, however, flattered over the comparisons with Dahl's work - he is of course, one of the greatest children's authors of the 20th century," Ghosh tweeted on Friday.Ahalya features Soumitra Chatterjee and Radhika Apte in lead roles.
Watch Ahalya trailer here: