Baishey Srabon (Seventh August) | UK Premiere
Director: Srijit Mukherji Starring: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Paramabrata Chatterjee, Goutam Ghose Run time: 120 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18 Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Year: 2011 | Country: India
The teeming city of Kolkata, known for its food, music, poetry and cinema, is reeling from an unusual sensation – fear. A serial killer is on the loose, killing people in the dead of night seemingly randomly. But it’s clear that the killer is Bengali, because he or she leaves clues at the murder site in verse. The police are baffled and have no choice but to bring back their serial killer specialist (Prasenjit), a mealy-mouthed scotch-swilling, cheroot-chomping hedonist who was dismissed from the department years ago under a cloud. Making a stupendous comeback as an actor is the award-winning director Goutam Ghose who matches the film’s all-star cast note for note. The film’s frank use of Bengali swear words shocked a few, but delighted many when released in Bengal and it went on to become one of the biggest hits in history. It was also a critical darling and won some 25 Indian awards.