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THEREAFTER

Rituparno Ghosh's Shubho Muhurat or Thereafter is a crime thriller with parallel narratives leading the viewers deeper into the maze of intrigue

india Updated: Jul 20, 2003 20:38 IST
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THEREAFTER
Original Title:Shubho Muhurat
India, 2003
Director: Rituparno Ghosh

After 20 years, Padmini, a retired film star comes to India from the US to launch her second husband Sambit as the director of his debut film in Kolkata. Kakoli, the proposed heroine of the film, is infamous for her narcotics addiction.

On the first day of the shoot, normally known as the Muhurat, Mallika, an aspiring journalist who lives with Rangapishima, her widowed aunt, appears for her maiden film assignment.

Mallika accompanies Kakoli home after the shoot for an exclusive interview, only to remain the lone witness to Kakoli's sudden accidental death. The media is ripe with assumptions, and the police is misled with ever-changing crime clues.

At this point a second death occurs. Rangapishima, an avid fan of Padmini, intervenes with her native intelligence and conducts an investigation on her own, simultaneously setting the stage for a complex dramatic narrative.

Screenplay:
Rituparno Ghosh

Cinematographer:
Avik Mukhopadhyay

Editing:
Arghya Kamal Mitra

Music:

Debojyoti Mishra

Principal cast:
Sharmila Tagore, Rakhee, Nandita Das, Sumanta Mukherjee, Kalyani Mondal, Tota Roy Chowdhury

Production:

Jagannath Productions / 35mm / colour / 90 mins.

Director's bio-note:
Rituparno

Ghosh's interest in cinema began when he was completing his post-graduation in Economics. He joined an advertising agencyas a copywriter. His advertising films have won 18 awards. His debut venture, Diamond Ring (Hirer Angti), was a children's film.

19th April (Unishe April) brought him national recognition. It won the Best Indian Film of the Year award, and its heroine, Debashree Roy, received the Best Actress award. Till date, all his films have won national awards. Rituparno Ghosh has also made a series for television. The First Monsoon Day (Titli) was screened at Cinefan in 2002.

First Published: Jul 20, 2003 16:53 IST