Anukul

Anukul

Anukul is a short film that has been adapted from a short story by Satyajit Ray with the same name. It is a futuristic tale of a robot and his master.
Suchismita’s costumes lend a touch of authenticity and credibility to the characters and the atmosphere of the story.

Director – Sujoy Ghosh

Cast – Parambrata Chatterjee, Saurabh Shukla, Kharaj Mukherjee, Ekavali Khanna

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Meghnad Badh Rahashya

Meghnad Badh Rahashya

A cerebral but taut thriller directed by Anik Dutta, Meghnad Bagh Rahashya, using the turbulent Naxalite period of Bengal as a backdrop, has earned well deserved accolades.
The story unfolds as a famous writer Professor with a dark past, disappears under mysterious circumstances, with all his near ones apparently having some ulterior motive of harming him.
Suchismita’s costumes aptly bring out the nuances of each role, portraying their characteristics in an authentic and relatable manner.
Directed by – Anik Dutta
Cast – Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Abir Chatterjee, Gargi Roychowdhury, Sayani Ghosh, Vikram Chatterjee, Sauraseni Mitra,Swati Sengupta.

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Kadambari- designing costumes for the film

Kadambari- designing costumes for the film

Anne Klein, a famous American designer once said “Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who are going to wear them will”.

Years back the women of Tagore family, who happened to be one of the key influencers during the Bengal Renaissance, had exactly done so by inspiring generations of Bengali women, in teaching them the art of draping sarees. When director Suman Ghosh picturized the women and men of the Tagore family in general and Kadambari and Rabindranath in specific, during the film Kadambari; clothing or costumes had to be one thing which had to get extra solicitude, as they were almost characters that spoke and evoked an era.

Suchismita Dasgupta, who had earlier worked on two period films ,namely Chaturanga (The Four Chapters,2008) and Gora (2012) was the obvious choice for Kadambari. Suchismita feels challenged in recreating a period and doesn’t feel that her creativity gets boxed when she’s working on period films. Rather she feels the entire idea of working on period films are very interesting and liberating.

Asked upon why she feels so, the designer answers by saying that creating things from a period which is absolutely different in style, aesthetics and in every way from the present, within limited resources, comes as a challenge. The research done for Kadambari was unparalleled in contrast to her other two period films Gora and Chaturanga. Even though both Gora and Chaturanga dealt with humans of Calcutta, the entire scenario and style of living that was practiced by Thakurbari was way different from the rest of Calcutta. Certain books and pictorial books on Tagore had been useful while developing the idea for the costumes of the film. Dasgupta found it easy working with Suman Ghosh, for the freedom that he provides one to experiment with. While doing the costumes for the men of Thakurbari was quite an easy task, the same task for women required more intricate planning and detail oriented work. The colour pallette used for Kadambari’s character included mainly earthy Shades and little bit of pastels. Pastels were used a great deal for the characters of Swarnakumari and Gyanadanandini Devi, since both their characters had to be portrayed as women who were influenced by the Western Culture. While a few sarees for Konkona Sen Sharma had come directly from the famous actor and Konkona’s mother, Aparna Sen’s wardrobe; other sarees were mostly procured from Artisana. Suchismita also created a rich look in a limited budget by using cotton silk and ornate machine embroidered Parsi borders on them. The jewellery of the Thakurbari women were provided by Brinda Sirkar of A. Sirkar jewellers to give the look a period feel. Suchismita did not win an award for this minutely researched work of her’s but she got overwhelming reactions from the audience on the beauty of her costumes. That she feels, is enough of an accolade as the hard work that she had put in for this movie was well appreciated.

Shororipu

Shororipu

This is a crime thriller, revolving around six human vices. The characters are from all walks of life. Suchismita’s costumes very appropriately bring out the characters the actors represent – from housewife to a police detective.

Director – Ayan Chakraborty

Cast – Chiranjit Chakraborty, Rudraneil Ghosh, Indraneil Sengupta, Rajatave Dutta, Sudipta Chakraborty, Koneenica Banerjee, Rajesh Sharma, Sohini Sarkar

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Kadambari

Kadambari

It is a biopic of Kadambari Devi, sister- in- law of Rabindranath Tagore and wife of his elder brother Jyotirindranath. It is a period drama set in the late 19th early 20th century and maps the life of Kadambari who comes to Jorashanko Thakur bari, as a bride, at the tender age of 9. Suchishmita does a wonderful job, not only of capturing the very nuances of that particular age but also defining individual fashion sense of Tagore family – the affluent and enlightened. Kadambari, a beautiful woman, intelligent but not as self-assured as her sister-in-law, had been dressed in more traditional saris but in keeping with the fashion of that time. Jyotirindranath looks every bit his flamboyant self, Satyandranath elegant but reserved in his attire, Gyanadanandini, the emancipated intelligent wife, who created style for herself and influenced the contemporary women, with her elegant ways. The accessories and the jewellery worn by the women of the household also shows her thorough understanding of the era.

Director – Suman Ghosh
Cast – Konkona Sen Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, Kaushik Sen, Sujoy Nag, Titash Bhowmick

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Ahalya

Ahalya

A modern day take on mythological story of Ahalya, wife of sage Goutam, who turns her into stone when Indra seduces her. In the film the men who shows interest in the beautiful wife (Radhika) of a much older husband (Soumitra), is turned into doll. Radhika Apta is dressed very aptly as the young, modern wife while Soumitra Chatterjee is dressed a little conservatively, costumes blending appropriately with his age.

Director – Sujoy Ghosh

Cast – Soumitra Chatterjee, Radhika Apte and Tota Roychowdhury

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