Movie : Moner Manush
Cast : Lalan Fakir - Prosenjit I Young Lalan - Jisan ,
Shiraj Sai - Raisul Islam Asad I Kobiraj - Hasan Imam ,
Jyotirindranath Tagore - Priyanshu Chatterjee I Padmabati Gulshan Ara - Champa ,
Golapi - Tathoi I Ginnima - Laila Hasan ,
Bina - Deepa Podder I Mayur - Shormi ,
Kalua - Chanchal Chowdhury I Harinath Majumdar - Shantilal Mukherjee ,
Mir Mosharaf Hussain - Anirban Guha I Bargakhepi - Bibi Russell ,
Komli - Paoli Dam I Bhanumati - Shuvra Kundu ,
Hindu Priest - Shanu Banerjee I Moulavi - Amir Shirazi .
Directed by : Goutam Ghose
Produced by : Gautam Kundu, Habibur Rahman Khan
Screenplay by : Goutam Ghose
Based on Moner Manush by : Sunil Ganguly
Music by : Goutam Ghose
Cinematography : Goutam Ghose
Editing by : Moloy Banerjee
Release date(s) : December 3, 2010
Country : India, Bangladesh
Language : Bengali
Moner Manush is a Bengali feature film based on the life and philosophy of Fakir Lalan Shah, a noted spiritual leader, poet and folk singer of Bengal in the 19th century. Directed by Goutam Ghose, the film has Prosenjit as the lead actor portraying the character of Lalan Fakir. Paoli Dam plays the character of Komli, the key female disciple of Lalan.
Moner Manush has been regarded as one of the best creations of recent times, based on the response received by people of Bengal. This effort from Goutom Ghosh comes in the time of growing Bengali movies, making it certain that the revival of golden period of Bengali cinema is not far away.
THE SYNOPSIS :
RABINDRANATH TAGORE'S ELDER BROTHER JYOTIRINDRANATH TAGORE, A WESTERN EDUCATED BRIGHT YOUNG MAN FROM THE 19TH CENTURY BENGAL MET THE OCTOGENARIAN LALAN FAQIR AND DREW A POTRAIT OF THE POET SAINT IN THE FORMER'S HOUSEBOAT AFLOAT THE RIVER PADMA. JYOTIRINDRANATH, AN URBAN INTELLECTUAL EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH THE MAN OF NATIVE WISDOM. THEIR EXCHANGE OF IDEAS FORM THE CINEMATIC NARRATIVE OF THIS FILM. THE NARRATIVE IS A SAGA OF THE LIFE AND TIME OF LALAN FAQIR AND HIS LIBERAL SECT WHO LIVED A LIFE OF HIGH ORDER IN AN OTHERWISE SUPERSTITIOUS 19TH CENTURY INDIAN SOCIETY. LALAN INHERITED THE BEST OF THE LIBERAL AND ENLIGHTENED TRADITION OF HINDUISM, BUDDHISM AND ISLAM TO DEVELOP A PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE WHICH IS EXTREMELY SECULAR AND TOLERANT. THUS BECAME AN EASY PREY FOR THE FUNDAMENTALISTS OF THE HINDU AND MUSLIM INSTITUTIONS. THEY WERE THE PARALLEL STREAM FLOWING FREELY IN THE HEART OF RURAL BENGAL WHEN MEN LIKE RABINDRANATH TAGORE WERE GERMINATING IDEAS OF THE BENGAL RENAISSANCE.
THE LOVE AND COMPASSION OF LALAN IS RELEVANT MORE THAN EVER IN TODAY'S WORLD OF INTOLERANCE AND HATE.
The movie has been awarded the Best Film at the 41st International Film Festival of India held at Goa from 22 Nov to 02 Dec 2010.
The movie has won 58th National Award for the "Best Film on National Integration".
"Moner Manush" Wins The Best Film Award
Indian films have bagged the top honours at the 41st International Film Festival of India that concluded in Goa on Thursday. Noted Bengali filmmaker Goutam Ghose's Moner Manush won the Golden Peacock (R40 lakh) for the best film. The special jury award was shared by Kaushik Ganguly's Just Another Love Story and Kiwi director Taika Waititi's Boy.
The last time, India bagged the top honours in 2000 for Jairam's Malyalam film Karunam.
Ghose's Moner Manush is the story of Sufi Lalan Fakir, which casts Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee as the 19th century poet while Ganguly's film stars acclaimed director Rituparno Ghosh in the role of a woman trapped in a man's body. Ghose's film, which is an Indo-Bangla collaboration, was hailed as "a new beginning for the two countries" by the director, while Chatterjee said it "opens new doors for Bengali cinema".
Danish director Susanne Bier won the Silver Peacock (R15 lakh) for the best director for her film In A Better World at the concluding ceremony.
Silver Peacock awards for the best actor and actress (R 10 lakh each) went to Guven Kirac for the Turkish film The Crossing and Magdalena Boczarska for the Polish movie Little Rose. The festival's top spot has been largely dominated by Iranian films over the last decade.