WITH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AROUND THE CORNER, SIMPLY KOLKATA TRACKS THE JOURNEY OF SOME FEARLESS WOMEN WHO HAVE THE ABILITY TO DREAM BIG.
First cut Debarati Gupta, 34, Filmmaker
If she is to be believed, Debarati Gupta says she became a filmmaker by accident. She began working as a public relations consultant after completing her post graduate studies in mass communication from Calcutta University. “I hated the job and realised PR was not my cup of tea. Luckily enough, there was a production house on the floor below where I worked, and I just walked in one day, and there has been no looking back since then,” she says. She got her first break in 2005, when she wrote scripts for two Tollywood movies. After writing a few scripts, she realised she wanted to direct films as well. Thus began her search for directors who would allow her to assist them in production. This search came to an end when Gupta met filmmaker Bappaditya Bandyopadhyay, who let her work on his films Kagocher
Bou and Housefull. Under his guidance, Gupta further got the opportunity to assist Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara on his film Chatrak in 2011. “I learnt a lot while working on this project,” she says. Though the film drew a lot controversy for portraying a sexually explicit scene, Gupta’s work was much appreciated. All this paved the way for her debut film Hoi Choi ( 2013), a tale about a street theatre group. Ask her about whether it was difficult being a debutant director with no formal training in filmmaking, she says,“I miss the formal training at times, but I think I compensate it by being a tough taskmaster.” The willowy director is now ready for her second project “My next film will be a romantic comic thriller,” she says but does not reveal anything more about the plot.