The Ritabhari-starrer highlights gender imbalances and outdated rituals prevalent in society
Ritabhari Chakraborty as Sabari in the movie
Delivering a social message responsibly, and still keeping it fun and entertaining for the audience is a tough job, with only a handful of movies achieving the balance. One of these rarities is Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti, directed by Aritra Mukherjee and produced by Windows Production. Now in an impressive feat, it has been selected to be screened at the Toronto International Women Film Festival.
Speaking on gender equality and breaking stereotypes, the movie revolves around Sabari, a young Sanskrit professor by day, and a priest by night. However, things get complicated as she gets married into an orthodox family, having unshakable faith in superstitions and orthodox traditions, barring her priesthood.
Lauded by both critics and audiences alike, the movie has been internationally recognised and was also among the two Bengali feature films that were chosen for the prestigious Indian Panorama of IFFI in January this year.
With the central premise being to tackle the numerous social stigmas and superstitions, it specifically challenges the stereotype of only men being priests, along with the age-old false notion of women being impure during menstruation and the Kanyadaan ceremony in Hindu tradition. Highlighting the deep-rooted orthodox notions, it tries to raise awareness against the many stigmas attached to women in spheres of social and personal life.
The movie has a powerful cast, from Ritabhari Chakraborty, Soham Majumdar, and Soma Chakraborty to Subhasish Mukhopadhyay, Ambarish Bhattacharya and Manasi Sinha. A tightly-knit entertaining script with a social message, supplemented by soulful tracks, earned it appreciation from all over the globe. Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti is streaming now on Hoichoi, as well as Disney+ Hotstar.