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Production
2018-20
Release Date
2021 Expected
Running Time
~82 mins
Type
Documentary
Language
Bangla with multiple subtitles
    FEATURING
  • Barnita Bagchi
  • Adrish Bardhan
  • Sumit Bardhan
  • Enakhhi Chattopadhyay
  • Amitananda Das
  • Anish Deb
  • Ranen Ghosh
  • Riju Ganguly
  • Abhijit Gupta
  • Anwesha Maity
  • Sandip Ray
  • Abhijnan Roychowdhury
  • Moumita Sen
  • Anindya Sengupta

  • Special Appearance
  • Samit Basu
  • Sukanya Datta
  • Sami Ahmad Khan
  • Salik Shah
  • Mimi Mondal

  • Kalpabiswa
  • Ankita
  • Santu Bag
  • Prasenjit Dasgupta
  • Biswadip Dey
  • Sandipan Chattopadhyay
  • Sandipan Ganguly
  • Dip Ghosh
  • Soham Guha

  • Enactment
  • J. K. Chattopadhyay
  • Saswati Chattopadhyay
  • Sweta Ghosh
  • Debraj Naiya

KALPAVIGYAN: A SPECULATIVE JOURNEY

ABOUT

  1. What is Bangla kalpavigyan? Is there such a thing as Bangla Science Fiction? Is there such a thing as Indian SF?
    This is our journey with the genre, captured and presented like never before in film.
    Beginning with the early work of writers such as Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain (Begum Rokeya) and the speculative mode in Bengal, and ending with the pioneering webzine Kalpabiswa, the film traces the historical arc of kalpavigyan over a century of the genre. The principal focus of the film are the genre magazines of the 1960s-80s published in Kolkata and the writers and editors who ignited the movement by giving it shape and form through these magazines. The film is built around a series of conversations with these writers and their successors, and also features critical reflections from researchers and scholars who have worked with the genre both in relation to Bengal and kalpavigyan as well as the wider phenomenon of SF.

    The figure of Adrish Bardhan, the editor of the first Bangla SF magazine, Aschorjo, looms large over the film, as do major writers such as Satyajit Ray, Premendra Mitra, and Leela Majumdar. The film dives into the particularities of editorial decisions, political concerns, and personal histories that made the magic of kalpavigyan happen amidst often bleak publishing realities and poverty. But it also sheds warm light on the ultimately liberating strain of speculative utopianism that shapes and continues to shape the genre as an ongoing discussion between fans, critics, and writers.

    The film will be of interest to all scholars of kalpavigyan and SF. Contact us for screening options.
Arunava Gangopadhyay director photo
Arunava Gangopadhyay

Arunava Gangopadhyay is an Indian filmmaker and scriptwriter by profession. His most recent co-written and co-directed feature film is Hoyto Maanush Noy (Perhaps Not Human), released in 2018.