Anukul: Sujoy Ghosh brings Satyajit Ray dystopian world alive in a dark, edgy film. Watch it here

Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
Oct 06, 2017 02:22 PM IST

Should we judge Anukul characters or should we applaud their presence of mind? Watch the entire film set in a dystopian future and is an adaptation of a Satyajit Ray story.

Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has come up with a new short film, Anukul. Starring Saurabh Shukla and Parambrata Chattopadhyay, it is an adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s short story by the same name. Set in a dystopian future, the story seems fresh even today despite the fact that the filmmaker -- a celebrated geek himself -- wrote it in 1976.

Paramabrata Chattopadhyay and Saurabh Shukla in a still from Sujoy Ghosh’s Anukul.
Paramabrata Chattopadhyay and Saurabh Shukla in a still from Sujoy Ghosh’s Anukul.

Anukul is the story of a Bengali man who buys an robot as a housekeeper at a time when humans are losing their livelihoods to the machines. How the equations between the employer and the robot evolve forms the rest of the story, focussing on human nature and the ideas of instinct, duty and loyalty. In a world where artificial intelligence and the danger it may or may not pose is the subject of heated debates between Silicon Valley billionaires, the film finds a ready relevance.

Parambrata, who was recently seen in Jawker Dhan and Traffic, plays the robot while Jolly LLB’s judge Saurabh is the Bengali employer in Anukul. Kharaj Mukherjee plays Saurabh’s younger brother in the film while Kanchan Mallick plays a leader of the workers’ union protesting humanities easy acceptance of robots. Despite small roles, both Kharaj and Kanchan are impressive.

Both Saurabh and Parambrata give understated performances, in sync with the mood of the film. And, without saying much, the climax leaves us in a dilemma - should we judge the characters for what they did or should we applaud their presence of mind? Watch the entire film and decide for yourself:

Amitabh Bachchan shared the film on his Twitter account and wrote, “T 2569 - A friend, a colleague, a writer director & mad company makes this short film .. unique, Satyajit Ray story.”

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