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Labour of Love

Labour of Love

Original Title: Asha jaoar majhe
Director: Adityavikram Sengupta
India | Bengali
2014 | 84min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
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. —Raman Chawla

Director,  Adityavikram Sengupta

Director,  Adityavikram Sengupta

Aditya Vikram Sengupta studied literature at Calcutta University before pursuing graphic design at the National Institute of Design and trained himself in animation and film. His student shorts have screened at international festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and Animafest Zagreb. Sengupta’s paintings have been showcased in galleries across India and one of his posters is exhibited at the Religious Art Museum, Tehran. He worked with a music TV station as a promo director for three years before pursuing filmmaking full-time. Labour of Love is his first feature.

Cast and Crew

Director
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Cast
Ritwick Chakraborty, Basabdutta Chatterjee
Production Company
For Films
Sales Contact
Salaam Cinema
Producer
Jonaki Bhattacharya
Screenwriter
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Editor
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Cinematographer
Mahendra Shetty, Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Sound
Anish John
Production Designer
Jonaki Bhattacharya
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