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Suman Ghosh is an award-winning Indian filmmaker, with six feature films and one documentary film to date. He trained in film at Cornell University in New York, and his first feature film Footsteps (2006), starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Nandita Das, won two Indian National Film Awards in 2008. His film Nobel Thief (2011) had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival 2011, and was an official selection at the British Film Institute London Film Festival 2011. The film received the Best Indian Film Award at the Bengaluru International Film Festival 2012. His next feature film Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights (2012) had its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival 2012 and its North American Premiere at the MoMA, NY in 2012. It won the Outstanding International Feature Award at the Reelworld Film Festival 2013 in Toronto. His latest feature film, Kadambari (2015), has won several international awards and has been screened all over the world.

All Suman GHOSH films

Mi Amor

2016 / USA / Feature / 95 min

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Mi Amor is the sixth film from Suman Ghosh, who is well-known to BIFF. By focusing on the gap between the rich and the poor as well as the conflicts between generations, his previous films set out to discover the value of universal humanism through social issues in India. This film, however, questions the material image of modern society by exploring a man and woman’s desire to deviate from a tedious life in the city of Miami. Middle-class Riju works in banking. He professes to believe that the fundamental values of a family are love and faith, but he secretly dreams of meeting unknown women through a chatroom app recommended by his colleague. Riju meets Sree this way, but she avoids his sexual advances, claiming that she is happy with her husband and family. However, she also leaves room for an intimate relationship by continuing to meet him. Their meetings are marked with words and behavior that stretch the imagination, with tension created through the conflict between sexual desire and moral responsibility.


2015 / INDIA / Feature / 87 min


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Kadambari is based on the relationship of Rabindranath Tagore and his sister-in-law Kadambari Devi. The film starts with the last day of Kadambari Devi’s life when she committed suicide by taking poison. The film portrays the life of Kadambari through that letter. It starts from the day when she enters Jorasanko Thakurbari after marrying Rabindranath’s elder brother Jyotirindranath when she was only 9 years old. Rabindranath who was only 7 years old then, strikes a playful relationship with the new addition to the family. The many interesting facets of Jorasanko is captured in the film through the developing relationship. As they grow older the relationship borders on many facets. At one level Kadambari becomes Rabindranath’s muse and inspiration for his creative pursuits and at the same time the blossoming of a romantic relationship is palpable. This creates tension in the family which leads to a decision for Rabindranath’s marriage. Kadambari who was not only distraught with the increasing distance with her husband, the pariah like treatment she was meted out at Jorasanko and the fact that she could not bear a child- becomes even more pained by the events. The last scene follows a dramatic night when all her sorrows in life culminate in her decision to take her own life.