Odisha’s first Independent feature film Capital I, co-produced by Susant Mishra and Swastik Choudhury and directed by city-based filmmaker Amartya Bhattacharyya, has been officially selected for the South Asian Alternative Film Festival to be held in Paris. It is the only Odia film at the festival and the first independent feature film from Odisha.
Known for his film Indradhanura Chhai that had won international acclaim, Mishra has also played a leading role in the feature film, working in front of the camera for the first time.
Shot with a DSLR camera and a tripod and on a shoestring budget; the film deals with subtle emotions and detailed portrayal of the human mind in a surreal way. The script is bold and the film includes an outspoken portrayal of a lesbian relationship.
In 2014, Capital I was screened at the 13th Chalachitra Utsav in Dhaka, Bangladesh and at West Florida Film Festival, USA apart from few other screenings in and around Bhubaneswar.
Software engineer by profession, Bhattacharyya had made a few short films earlier such as Niloye Jokhon and Boba Mukhosh that had won appreciation. Capital I is his debut feature film and he is thrilled about Paris.
‘Capital I’ is now getting released in Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Mumbai. Later on the film will move to Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Bangalore and other cities.