Bhubaneswar, 24th April 2017 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): Odia film ‘Khyanika’ (The Lost Idea) becomes the first film to be screened at Hidden Gems Film Festival 2017 edition in Canada starting April 29. The film is directed by Amartya Bhattacharya, a Bhubaneswar based film director. Amartya is known for his brand of cinema called Psychodrama. “The film is a non-commercial art film, but at the same time it has some elements which will attract film lovers of all genres. It is satirical at the same time soothing,” mentioned Bhattacharya.
As the name suggests, Hidden Gems is a unique art house film festival based in Calgary, Canada which screens eight exceptional films from India every year. The first film chosen to be screened is ‘Khyanika’ by the Film Festival Committee while other films are yet to be announced.
The film is a fantasy driven tale of two men, a poet and a painter, claiming possession over the same ‘Idea’, in a rural village portrayed as a wonderland. ‘Idea’ is personified as a beautiful young lady, free of all bondage. The two men try to justify their claim over their Idea through their forms of art.
Unable to settle the conflict, the two men approach ‘Fate’, personified as a big fat man of authority, to judge their claims. They soon realize that Idea is no one’s possession and it isn’t wise to rely on ‘Fate’ for a judgment. They decide to bury their ‘Fate’, and settle the matter in peace. ‘Idea’, portrayed as a free spirit, gets impressed by a kid who resides in an alternate world of fantasy, and decides to venture into the new creative world. The real world, with all its materialistic obsessions, rigid notions and prejudices, loses the Idea forever.
The film features Amrita Chowdhury, Susant Misra, Choudhury Bikash Das, Hrushikesh Bhoi and Swastik Choudhury in the lead roles while noted actor Anu Choudhury appears as a guest performer.
The Film is special because it is shot with a single DSLR camera and without any industry resources or equipment. It has been shot in some of the exotic and virgin locales of Odisha as informed by Bhattacharya.