Colours of Life
2018 ‧ 1h 52m / Bengali with English subtitles
DFW - Sunday, Aug 5th 2018 3:30pm
Colours of Life is about a single working mother, Chandrima and her daughter Esha. After Chandrima husband tragic demise, the duo had none but each other. Chandrima being an independent woman raised her daughter all by herself. She never let the absence of a ‘male parent’ affect their bonding.
Esha grows into adulthood, carried away in newfound freedom and distance starts to grow with her mother. Chandrima world is upside down when Esha tried a suicide-attempt discovering Esha is pregnant. The incident made Chandrima realize her professional life has failed to keep track of this change. They had become strangers under the same roof, as Chandrima comes to admit.
Chandrima starts to introspect Esha’s perspective and discovers a side of her daughter she never knew. Chandrima with the strength of her love brings Esha back to a normal life. Esha too, comes to realize that Chandrima was always her closest friend.
DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY - PRAKASH BHARADWAJ
Prakash Bharadwaj is a multi talented actor from theatre, TV and film background in India. He has several credits of plays, TV series and films to his name. In 2017, Bharadwaj forayed into screenwriting and direction with his short film ‘Rishta’ and feature length ‘Colours of Life’. He has been working with filmstar Aamir Khan since 2006 in the film 'Rang De Basanti', and proudly claims to be the reason behind Amir’s impeccable Haryanvi accent in ‘Dangal’ blockbuster hit. Amir Khan appointed him as his personal dialogue couch on noticing Bharadwaj’s artistry. It’s more than a decade now, together they had worked on films like Talaash, Dhobi Ghat, Ghajni, and the forthcoming Thugs of Hindostan.
The lifestyles of urban Indians are lacking genuine human interaction and emotions. Colours of Life is relevant for this message, especially for the younger generation. The film tries to explore the impact of this in our personal lives and extend to which it can damage our relationships. It also portrays the ongoing social debate – ‘pro-life’ vs. ‘pro-choice’ debate that is pertinent in the milieu of women empowerment in India. The film does not shy away from intriguing bold steps of portraying women as sole owner of their mind and body. The two women boldly live their life – as single mother who lost her husband and her twenty-year old daughter fighting an unwanted pregnancy. By incorporating psychiatric help in the form of home-based therapy not only humanizes the characters, but also normalizes the taboo regarding treatment of suicidal individuals. It is emotionally intense exploring various shades of contemporary lives.