Interview with ‘Bela’ Filmmaker Prantik Narayan Basu

Prantik Narayan Basu is an Indian documentarian who studied filmmaking at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. His short film Sakhisona (2017) won the Tiger Award at IFFR 2017 and the Silver Conch for Best Short Fiction at the 2018 Mumbai International Film Festival. Basu's 2018 Santhali language documentary Rang Mahal (Palace of Colour) is an attempt to explore new modes of blending fact, fiction and cultural experiences through paintings made by community residents on rocks, hills and trees. With Bela -- an almost hour-long documentary situated in the titular village in West Bengal -- Basu makes judicious use of  his cinematic brevity and keenly observes the lives of villagers. I recently spoke with the filmmaker abo
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