Labour of Love
Labour of LoveOriginal Title: Asha jaoar majhe
Director: Adityavikram Sengupta
India | Bengali
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Labour of Love is set against the backdrop of a spiraling recession that had hit India a few years back. Thousands of people lost their jobs, factories were shut down and mills were locked. Faced with the uncertainty of losing their own jobs, the film’s two central characters are under constant pressure to sustain their livelihood. The film portrays two individuals who cannot trick time by speeding up their lives. The pace of the narrative is also such that the viewer is compelled to become an active participant in the proceedings. Routine, objects and memories become representations of those who are involved in it, and where the definitions of time and space are functions of our feelings.
Ingeniously designed and meticulously constructed, Sengupta’s Labour of Love, is visual poetry about true love, a love that can endure any circumstance or challenge and reach across any distance. The film illustrates that “absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small but inflames the great.'
The neat camera work, the careful choice of location and objects, the very minimalist but apt sound design, skillful editing and the perfect interpretation by actors Basabdutta Chatterjee and Ritwick Chakraborty all come together as in an opera ensemble and complement each other in giving the film a specific and somehow nostalgic aesthetic and elegance.