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Photo credits: screen grab from Youtube

Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Ahalya’: Hindu Mythological Tale with a Twist

Photo credits: screen grab from Youtube

Photo credits: screen grab from Youtube

Another thriller by Director Sujoy Ghosh who shot ‘Kahaani’ starring Vidya Balan in 2012 has given spine chilling- short film “Ahalya”.

Ahalya, a 14-minute Bengali film featuring legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee, Radhika Apte and Tota Roy Chowdhury has been lauded for the performance of actors and its director Sujoy Ghosh is praised not only by the viewers but also by the Bollywood fraternity, celebrities and critics.

As per the Hindu mythology, Ahalya is the young wife of an older saint Gautama Maharishi and she was cheated by Indra, who had an extra-marital affair in the garb of Gautama. On realizing it, the sage punishes her to become a stone and made Indra undergo another curse.

But in Sujoy’s modern ‘Ahalya’, the actual culprit gets punished. Film starts with a young policeman (Tota Roy Chowdhury) entering the home of an aged artist Gautam Sadhu (Soumitra Chatterjee) and Ahalya (Radhika Apte) to question them about a missing man.

It becomes a thriller when the doll-version of the missing person and some other dolls were seen in the couple’s drawing room. But before you think about the conclusion, story takes you to a different turn with spooky events chipped in. Acting by Chatterjee and Apte will keep you engaged throughout the short film before they reveal finally the truth.

Here are some reactions by our film fraternity:

Riteish Deshmukh: The epic KAHAANI of ‘Ahalya’ & the brilliance of master story teller @sujoy_g – proud of u brother-

Sashi Tharoor: Compelling but puzzling short film by @sujoy_g. Brilliantly made, w/echoes of Ray&Ramayan, but not for literalists!

Shoojit Sircar

A beautifully crafted & engaging short film directed by @sujoy_g “AHALYA” ..14min

 

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