The characters of director Prataya Saha don’t speak much. They mainly speak with their eyes and expressions. The dialogues are few. This is the case with Prataya’s latest film, Just Another Day, which has toured the festival circuit and has already won a special mention at the Chennai Independent Film Festival and the award for best film about women at the International Festival. from Indo-French film earlier this year. year.
Actress Anshulika Kapoor plays a woman who wants to file for divorce after losing her unborn child to domestic violence. The story explores how such a woman is viewed by society and the impact this has on her mental health. It’s a serious subject, but the nuanced cinema makes Just Another Day an engaging and entertaining watch. Explaining why he wanted to explore this topic, Prataya said: “I came across an online story about a woman who had experienced domestic violence when she was pregnant. That a woman who was in her most joyful and vulnerable state must have had such a terrible experience made me feel horrible. .
The issue of depression is also treated with caution in history. The long pauses and silences add to the sensitivity of the narrative and this treatment is Prataya’s directing style that was also evident in her last film, The Good Wife. “My approach to cinema is inspired by various genres and different art forms, such as photography and theater. However, I have the impression that there is a neo-realistic element in my films but overall, they will fall within the genre of contemporary arthouse cinema, ”explains Prataya who is a fervent follower of filmmakers. such as Satyajit Ray, Christopher Nolan, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino.
Tales from history
On top of that, the director says he’s deeply influenced by what he reads. Coming from an immigrant family who emigrated to India from Bangladesh (then East Pakistan), he says the stories he heard from that time made him the person he is today. “I read a lot of history, and that’s where I find inspiration. The stories of lands in which I have never lived, but where my ancestors spent a large part of their lives, have influenced me a lot. This is why I am interested in exploring the subjects of the subjugation of women, xenophobia and citizenship, ”he suggests. Prataya is now scripting her next two projects – a web series set in Delhi that deals with xenophobia and a short film about water scarcity. Meanwhile, Just Another Day is showing at other upcoming film festivals and is likely to be released on OTT.