Saturday, December 1, 2012

3 on a Bed in 18th International Kolkat Film Fetsival : Article in Times of India

Short film on 'polyamory' makes it to film fest

Rupali Shukla, TNN Nov 9, 2012, 04.13AM IST

KOLKATA: It is a subject that would be considered taboo by some, scandalous by others and controversial by most. But IT professional turned filmmaker Rajdeep Paul isn't bothered. He is happy that '3 on a Bed' has finally been cleared by the censors and will be screened at Nandan III on Monday as part of the Kolkata Film Festival. The 32-minute film, dealing with polyamory, will be screened at Nandan III on Monday.

The 32-minute film on polyamory revolves around the lives of three youngsters - Kapil, Padmini and Devdutt. Padmini loves both men, but instead of making a choice between the two, decides to live with both.
Kapil or Devdutt don't mind either. Instead of fighting over possession and hierarchy, they share their love equally between themselves driven by a simple idea of 'All love shared is good'.

The poster of the film is bold but then the theme is bolder still, as student films are expected to be. No wonder, it was caught up for months at the state censor board till being cleared for screening along with 20 others in the non-competitive students' short film category.

Paul and co-director Sarmistha Maiti, both passouts of passed out from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute(SRFTI) in March, 2012, said the film is inspired by Girish Karnad's play 'Hayavadana'. which deals with the subject of polyamory, though is a slightly different way. Infact, the characters in the film have also been named after those in Karnad's play.

"Both Sarmistha and I could relate to the central theme behind Karnad's play. With so much of intermingling between both sexes, polyamorous relationships are not very uncommon in this generation and we are not hesitant to accept it," said Paul. whose film has been getting critical eviews on YouTube for its concept and has a whopping 746 likes on the Facebook page.

He added that there were six panelists, headed by renowned Bengali filmmaker Haranath Chakraborty, on the censor board.

"The censor board was judged by a panel of six persons headed by renowned Bengali filmmaker Haranath Chakraborty.

They had morality issues with the film and thus the film remained stuck with them for months before they finally cleared it for screening," Paul said.

Polyamorous relationships believe in the acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everybody and sexual needs are secondary here, the director said. Like every student film which is introspective in nature, those selected for this year's festival portray a range of emotions and contemporary issues that concerns the youth today. Other entries from SRFTI include 'Between the Rains' (27 mins) by Samimitra Das, 'Ancient (Pracheenam)' (25 mins) by MS Praveen, 'Dream Merchant' (24 mins) by Wardan M Tiple, Drifting Boat (Daak Nouka) (27 mins) by Rohitaswa Mukherjee and 'Birds of Passage' (25 mins) by Ashim Paul.

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