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House of Time
Directed by
  • Sarmistha Maiti
  • Rajdeep Paul
Produced byAnjan Bose
Written bySarmistha Maiti
Rajdeep Paul
Starring
Music byAvijit Kundu
CinematographyRana Pratap Karforma
Edited bySarmistha Maiti
Production
company
Release date
  • October 2021 (2021-10) (BIFF)
  • 19 August 2022 (2022-08-19) (India)
CountryIndia
LanguageBengali

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Kalkokkho (English title: House of Time) is a 2021 Indian Bengali-language existential, horror and magic realism film. It is written and directed by Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti in their directorial debut. It is produced by Aurora Film Corporation, who have returned to feature film production after 45 years with the film. The film depicts the paranoia and fear of COVID-19 pandemic, where an apathetic but adept doctor taken hostage, lives in an desolate house with three women – the paranoid young woman, an amnesic old woman and a lonely young girl.[1]

The film had its World Premiere in the 26th Busan International Film Festival in the New Currents section,[2] and Indian Premiere at the Indian Panorama section of 52nd International Film Festival of India[3] and World Market Premiere in Berlinale European Film Market 2022 at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival 2022.[4] The film was theatrical released on 19 August 2022.[5]

Plot[edit]

The narrative of Kalkokkho is structured in the form of a time loop, broken down into seven cycles along with a prologue, interlogue and epilogue, where the protagonist experiences almost the same instances again and again, but from different and more widening perspectives each time, and the way he reacts to these incidents slowly shape the outcomes of each cycle which slowly pave the way of the protagonist’s liberation. The Protagonist in this way takes the role of Humanity while the three women – his captors take the role of Nature or the Universe. The seven cycles can variously represent the seven stages of grief, the seven circles of heaven or Swarga and hell or Patala or the seven Chakra’s of human consciousness as described by Kundalini Yoga or Tantra. The Three Pivotal Women characters of the film all called Mamoni (gem of a mother – a term used to address mothers, daughters, grandmothers, granddaughters as well as beloveds in Bengali)  can variously represent the Three Great Goddess of Hinduism – Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali, the three fates, the three times – past, present and future, the Maiden, The Mother and the Crone and various other Mother Goddesses or Mother nature archetypes, while the three men in the film called the Doctor, the Lover and the Friend represent the Masculine counterparts to the female trio. They also correspond to the three brothers – Ekata- the First, Dwita- the Second and Trita- the Third  of the Vedic story narrated inside the film and on a social plane can represent The Upper, Middle and Lower Classes, on an economic plane - the First, the Second and the Third World and on a spiritual-mythical plane the concepts of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. The number nine also plays an important role in the film and represents the universe which remains unchanging despite all apparent changes like the multiples of the number 9 the digits of which always add up to nine.[6]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Aurora Film Corporation led by director-producer Anjan Bose has produced Kalkokkho (House of Time) with new generation filmmakers, Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti, both alumni of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute. The film marks the return of the Aurora Film Corporation to production of feature films, since last film they produced was Duronto Joy in 1973. A part of Kalkokkho was shot on the new floor of Aurora Studio.[7]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film features the credit song: “Ek Buri Tin Muri” (“The Three Headed Ancient Woman”) referring to the three principal women characters connected with the three goddess, three witches or the three fates representing the three facets of time – past, present and future or beginning, middle and end. The song is written and composed by director Rajdeep Paul and arranged by Avijit Kundu with vocals by Biyas Sarkar.[8]

It also features a song “Sohoj Manush” (Simple Human Being) derived from Bengali mystic Lalan Fakir’s song of the same name sung in raw voice by actress Tannistha Biswas.

It also features adaptations of a series of Rabindra Sangeet or songs by Rabindranath Tagore sung in raw voice by actor Amit Saha.

The track was released on 12 August 2022 [9]

External video
Ek Buri Tin Muri at YouTube
Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Ek Buri Tin Muri"Rajdeep PaulBiyas Sarkar2:39
Total length:2:39

Release and recognition[edit]

Theatrical

The film was theatrical released on 19 August 2022.[5]

Festivals

  •  26th Busan International Film Festival: World Premiere was held in the 26th Busan International Film Festival 2021 in the 'New Currents' section where the film was nominated for New Currents Award, KB New Currents Audience Award, NETPAC Award, FIPRESCI Award.
  •  52nd International Film Festival of India: Indian premiere was held in 52nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the Indian Panorama section in 2021 in Goa.
  • World Market Premiere in the Berlinale European Film Market 2022 at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2022.
  • North American Premiere – 7th Caleidoscope International Film Festival 2021 where the “Best Actress Jury Award” was won by Tannistha Biswas
  •  Australian Premiere in the 13th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022
  •  Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti have won the Golden Sparrow Best Screenplay Award in the  Diorama International Film Festival 2021, India.[10]
  •  Nominated for the Asian Select - NETPAC AWARD in the 27th Kolkata International Film Festival in 2021.
  •  Officially selected in the 20th  Dhaka International Film Festival 2022, Bangladesh.[11]
  •  Officially selected in the 19th Chennai International Film Festival 2021, India.
  • The Director-duo has also received the "Chidananda Dasgupta Memorial Trust" Award for 'Best Costume Design' in 2021 for Kalkokkho.
  • Officially selected in the competition section of Orenburg International Film Festival [East/West], Russia in 2022.
  •  Officially selected in the 15th Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival 2022, Bruges, Belgium
  • Officially selected in the Across Asia Film Festival 2022, Italy.
  • Officially selected in the Eikhoigi Imphal International Film Festival 2022, India.
  • Officially selected in the Meghalaya International Film Festival 2022, India.

Reception[edit]

Akash Misra reviewing for Sangbad Pratidin praised sound design and cinematography writing "sound design and cinematography deserve praise". Misra liked the acting of Tannishtha Biswas, Janardan Ghosh and Amit Saha. He opined that "the 'panic stricken' feel of the screenplay has come out beautifully thanks to the direction of Sharmistha-Rajdeep."[12] Allan Hunter reviewing for Screen Daily at Busan International Film Festival equated the film to Charles DickensA Christmas Carol with pandemic variation, writing, "House of Time can almost be read as a pandemic variation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol." Hunter opined that inspite of its mystical, supernatural elements, the film wanted to convey the message of compassion and understanding in times of crisis on humanity.[13]

References[edit]

  1. "Kalkokkho' is a phantasmagorical portrayal of human emotions, our extreme apathy and extreme humanity during crises: Director-duo of IFFI 52 Indian Panorama Feature Film". PIB GOI. 27 November 2021. Retrieved 20 December 2022 – via Press release.
  2. Frater, Patrick (31 August 2021). "Films From India, Iran and South Korea Dominate Busan Festival's New Currents Competition". Variety. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  3. Priyanka Dasgupta (6 November 2021). "8 films from Bengal make it to IFFI's 52nd edition in Goa". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  4. "India Pavilion inaugurated at 72nd Berlinale European Film Market 2022". PIB GOI. 10 February 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022 – via Press release.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Priyanka Dutta (21 August 2022). "Star-Studded Premiere Of Kalkokkho (House Of Time) Organized". The Kolkata Mail. Retrieved 20 December 2022 – via Blue Touch India.
  6. "Kalkokkho, a Bengali existential horror around COVID-19, is set to premiere at the 26th Busan International Film Festival". The Indian Express. 5 October 2021.
  7. F Khatoon (9 November 2021). "Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti's Kalkokkho will have its Indian premiere at IFFI Goa on November 26". Indulgexpress. The New Indian Express. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  8. "Aurora Films Corporation | Kalkokkho: পরিষেবা দিয়েও কেন মার খান চিকিৎসক? জবাবে সত্যজিৎ রায়ের ছবির প্রযোজনা সংস্থা" [Aurora Films Corporation Kalkokkho: Why kill doctors with services? In response, Satyajit Ray's film production company]. Anandabazar (in Bengali). 23 July 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  9. "Ek Buri Tin Muri (From Kalkokkho)". Jiosaavn. 12 August 2022.
  10. "Kolkata filmmaker duo's experimental film 'Kalkokkho' wins Golden Sparrow award". The Times of India. 7 January 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  11. "20th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2022: List of the Films". Dhaka International Film Festival. 17 January 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  12. Akash Misra (December 20, 2022). "করোনা আবহ এবং বাঙালি পরিবারের সংকটের কাহিনি, কেমন হল 'কালকক্ষ'? পড়ুন রিভিউ" [Corona climate and the story of Bengali family crisis, how is 'Kalkaksh'? Read the review]. Sangbad Pratidin (in Bengali). Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  13. Hunter, Allan (9 October 2021). "'House Of Time': Busan Review". Screen Daily. Retrieved 21 December 2022.

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