What if famed 15th century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus landed in Kolkata in 2016? How would he navigate his way back through the city and most importantly, what would he discover in the 21st century? A new Bengali film seeks to take viewers on a journey to unravel the mysterious time warp.
In Colkatay Columbus, writer and director Saurav Palodhi has shown how everyone, from the ordinary person to a legend, is in search of something.
“The story unfolds through an encounter of Columbus and two boys in Kolkata. When Columbus somehow lands up in Kolkata in 2016, he is surprised to see that everyone is in search of something. He is in search of roads that would lead him back home while the boys are in search for Columbus to get him to offer tips on attaining success,” said Palodhi.
Columbus is credited with introducing the Americas to Western Europe during his four voyages to the region between 1492 and 1502.
Columbus starts doling out suggestions to the boys but is also put off by the “competition”.
“We have shown in our film (based on facts) that Columbus couldn’t bear competition. He was disheartened to see that he was not the only explorer. Everyone had something they want to find,” said Palodhi.
Audiences will see Columbus in a “smart” avatar in the film, courtesy a bit of a makeover to adapt to city life, said Palodhi, adding his sojourn through the city takes him to iconic spots in the eastern metropolis.
The film by Mojo Productions releases on November 11.