Private Project


Winter of 1924, Kolkata; it is a time of great uncertainty and socio-political changes in the Indian subcontinent, especially with the resurgence of the Indian Nationalist Movement in various parts of India.

On a relatively secluded Ghat by the Ganga, an 18-year-old boy sits clutching his favourite book in his hands with conflicting ideas running through his head when a veteran freedom fighter in charge of recruiting the boy for an important mission against the British, arrives and sits beside him quietly. He gently probes if the boy can do what it takes to prove his loyalty. However, the boy storms out, visibly upset at the proposition.

Relentless, the recruiter meets the boy outside his house the next morning carrying a little girl with him along. He probes again into his willingness to finish the difficult task at hand before he can be formally recruited for the mission. The boy again storms out.

Later that evening, the father of the little girl carries her through a small alley when they are confronted by the boy. After a few moments of hesitation, the father is shot point blank shattering the silence of the alley. Far away, the recruiter, watches the event unfold through a set of binoculars. Nonchalant, he informs his senior leader that the boy has successfully killed the British informant.

As they discuss the fate of the orphaned little girl, the boy walks away carrying the shocked girl on his shoulders.

  • Prataya Saha
    I am, Mehmood, The Golden Cage, Just Another Day, The Good Wife
  • Prataya Saha
    I am, Mehmood, Just Another Day, The Good Wife
  • Prataya Saha
  • Kartikey Tripathi
    Key Cast
  • Deboprasad Haldar
    Key Cast
    The Golden Cage, Bayish e Shrabon
  • Rohit Basfore
    Key Cast
  • Sudeb Das
    Key Cast
  • Swarnakshi Dey
    Key Cast
  • Joydeep Bhowmik
  • Prasanth Ambili
    Editing and Colourist
    The Golden Cage
  • Apurv Prasanna
    Sound Design
    The Golden Cage, I am Mehmood
  • Adrian Valentine Rodrigues
    Mixing & Mastering
    The Golden Cage, I am Mehmood
  • Karthik Bhandare
    Background Score
  • Neil Chatterjee
    Graphic Designer
    The Golden Cage, I am Mehmood, The Good Wife, Slapped, The Newly Weds
  • Debkumar Banerjee
    Production Assistant
  • Karthik Bhandare
  • Prataya Saha
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  • Genres:
    thriller, drama
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Bengali, Hindi
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Director Biography - Prataya Saha

Prataya Saha is an independent filmmaker, Tedx performer, theatre director & photographer.
His films have been selected in 95+ film festivals worldwide, winning 27 awards in 14 countries, including the Oscars, Canadian Screen Award & BAFTA Qualifying festivals.

Most of his films hover around subjects with a strong social message, sometimes the ones that are uncomfortable but important.

He was featured in The Week, India's leading news magazine twice in 2021.

Over the years his work has been extensively covered and published in most National Newspapers including the Times of India, The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle, Deccan Herald, The New Indian Express, The Telegraph & The Economic Times.

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Director Statement

Growing up in the 90s in Kolkata and delving into old history books borrowed from the library on lazy afternoons before the advent of mobiles and social media I had always been fascinated by the Indian Independence Struggle. The sheer thought that so many of our countrymen, so young, laid down their lives for the idea of our country used to draw me into a spiral of gratitude, awe, motivation and admiration.

25 years later, as I delved more into my art, I felt it is important to talk about and remember the struggles of the men and women that laid the establishment of a new free country while sacrificing their lives. Additionally, I wanted to look at the movement from a multi-dimensional perspective i.e. the viewpoints of opposite sides in question, the mental traumas inflicted on innocent children (like in any catastrophic war) and the British Administration of India's ability to divide the poor people in the country based on division politics and favouritism.

This is an intense film treated with a lot of gentleness and subtlety, which I am hoping the audience will resonate with. I sincerely hope this effort opens up a series of much-needed conversations for a better future.