Smoking blocks... (2021)

Set in the backdrop of the lockdown announced in India, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, this film captures such an Indian middle class family from the state of West Bengal. Coping with the new situation, stranded at home, a Bengali couple with their you... read more

Completed On: 29 Jan, 2021

Duration: 24 min 57 sec

Genres: Fiction, Short

Country: India

Director: Mrinmoy Nandi

Submitted By: Mrinmoy Nandi

Smoking blocks... Poster
Set in the backdrop of the lockdown announced in India, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, this film captures such an Indian middle class family from the state of West Bengal. Coping with the new situation, stranded at home, a Bengali couple with their young two children revisited their family relations and enjoyed spending quality family life together. The anxiety prevailed the time due to different confusing interpretations and anticipations towards to the dangerous new virus. The supply chain of cigarettes was badly affected. The middle-class family structure never can accept women smoking and considers that being in contradiction to the respectable femininity that drives the reputation of the Indian family value system identifying the Nation. Hence, the daughter never had the courage to confess the fact of her smoking habits to her family. The son and the father could go out of the house though rarely and buy their pack of cigarettes, but the daughter couldn’t. Her thirst for cigarettes drove her into a constant tension with her parents, which also invited funny suspense from them about her. Lastly, to save the respectability of their family design, the family suppresses the daughter’s little chances of revolting against the patriarchy. They provide her the much craved pack of cigarettes but mitigating her objection against this imposition of the structure.
  • Directors
    Mrinmoy Nandi
  • Producers
    Mrinmoy Nandi
  • Writers
    Mrinmoy Nandi
  • Cinematographer
    Sourabh Kanti Dutta
  • Editing
    Eshan Sil
  • Location Sound
    Sourav Gupta
  • Sound Design & Mixing
    Sukanta Majumdar
  • Music
    Kanishka Sarkar
  • Film Type
    Fiction, Short
  • Genres
    Drama
  • Runtime
    24 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date
    29 Jan, 2021
  • Production Budget
    USD
  • Country of Origin
    India
  • Country of Filming
    India
  • Film Language
    Bengali
  • Shooting Format
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio
    1.9:1
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

Director's Biography

Qualification
Bachelor of Science, University of Calcutta
Post-Graduation in Cinematography, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, India

Filmography
1. PIKLU- a short film
2. KHELNABATI (Play Things)- a documentary
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Director's Statement

Any attempts to question the respectable femininity can be curbed by any means to hail the core traditional family structure and preserve the cultural authority of the State through the women.

2 Reviews
  • Great Asian World Cinema

    DISCOUNT CODE: GAWCDIS

    06 Feb, 2021

  • Good content.

    06 Feb, 2021

    Gourab Das
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thanks, bro.

    06 Feb, 2021
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