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The World Of Goopi And Bagha

Goopi & Bagha are two wise fools, one lives to sing and the other to play the drum. Despite their acute ineptness, their passion for music knows no bounds.

When the villagers cannot bear to listen to them anymore, both are banished to the same forest. Here, Goopi&Bagha encounter each other and their fates
become entwined for life. A strong and immediate bond is forged by the two hapless souls, both in search of connoisseurs of their musical craft.

They sing and play together to celebrate their newfound friendship only to be surrounded by melancholic ghosts who they manage to enchant with their peculiar musical talent. As a gift, they acquire four boons from the king of ghosts, using these they can always be well fed, transport themselves anywhere in an
instant and mesmerize anyone with their music, albeit only together and in ‘jugalbandi’. One boon is still owed to them, this would be granted by the ghost
king when they need to use it.

And thus begins the extraordinary adventure of Goopi&Bagha

  • Shilpa Ranade
  • Upendra kishore Roychowdhury
  • Children's Film Society, India
  • Rajeev Raj AS Goopi
    Key Cast
  • Manish Bhawan AS Bagha
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Feature
  • Genres:
    Children film, family
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 8, 2013
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  • Shooting Format:
    2D Digital
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Toronto International Film Festival
    World Premiere
  • Bhusan International Film Festival
  • 18 Golden Elephant- ICFFI
    November 14, 2013
    Jury Prize for Best Art work
  • Dubai Film Festival
  • ASIFA ( International Animated Film Association).
    Best Animation Film In the Professional Category
Director Biography - Shilpa Ranade

ShilpaRanade is an associate professor at the Industrial Design Center at IIT Mumbai. She did her M.Phil at the Royal College of Art in London. She has been a lecturer in the Audio Visual Unit at the Tata Institute of Social Science. There she was involved in the making of educational videos on social issues and teaching communication through graphic design to students of social sciences.

- ShilpaRanade -
Associate Professor
Industrial Design Center,
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076.
Phone: 022 25768844

- Res: B-61, Building no. 15, Lake Side,
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai -400 076.
~ Phone: 9920227844 ~ e-mail: shilpa@iitb.ac.in

- education –

M. Phil (Animation)
Royal College of Art, London. 1995
Thesis on ‘Indigenous Images & Narratives for Socially and Culturally Relevant Animation’.

Master of Design (Visual Communication)
Industrial Design Centre, IIT, Bombay. 1989
Specialization in Advanced Illustration and Video.

Bachelor of Fine Art (Applied)
Sir. J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Bombay. 1987
Specialization in Illustration and Photography

- work experience –

Lecturer in the Audio Visual Unit, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Was involved in this period in the making of educational videos on social issues and teaching communication through graphic design to students of social sciences.

Assistant Professor at IDC, IIT, Bombay.

Associate Professor- Established, coordinated and teaching the Animation program at Masters level.

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Director Statement

I first encountered Goopi Gayne Bagha Bayne in the form of Ray’s classic film from the 60’s. This enduring film had a timeless charm that drew me to watch it repeatedly over the years. The film was based on the original writing by his grandfather Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury and has seen countless retellings and versions; several of these were brilliantly illustrate bringing the story immediately to life. The story was thus embedded in my mind as a jigsaw of the many images associated with it, each equally powerful and evocative.

My work as a book illustrator brought me a version of this classic to illustrate. As exciting as the prospect of doing this was, it seemed equally daunting. It was almost impossible to come close to the absolute magic of the imagery that came with the story. Yet along the way the intimidating prospect of re visualizing and retelling a classic turned into an exciting engagement with what my own interpretation of the story was. While illustrating the book the thought crossed my mind that the story was given to the moving image and could be transformed into a wonderful animated film, it was an idea story with its delightful everyday characters mixed with high fantasy, traversing a path full of exhilarating adventure.

The images for the book came from a legacy of old woodcuts and printmaking, these were intense and dark. For the film they underwent yet another transformation and took on a quirky, twisted, feel, creating a world that is peopled with idiosyncratic characters in equally improbable settings. The story recalls the original but builds around its skeleton with many new details unfolding layer by layer, spring boarding and spiraling skyward from the narrative where our two blundering yet lovable musician protagonists meet ghosts, obtain boons, avert, wars, marry princesses and help the common people live happily ever after.