Set in 21st century, India, Kabool Hai weaves the story of Shabana, an innocent woman who falls prey to the atrocities of society - the concept of contract marriage. The film is her emotional journey - from pain & betrayal to acceptance & apathy.
Noor Raj ChadhaKey Cast
Sumeet JaiswalKey Cast
Project Title (Original Language):Kabool Hai
Project Type:Experimental, Short
Genres:Drama, Social, Human Rights, Musical, Romance, Tragedy
Runtime:9 minutes 40 seconds
Completion Date:October 30, 2015
Production Budget:3,100 USD
Country of Origin:India
Country of Filming:India
Date of birth : 15.03.1980
Place of birth : Silchar, Assam
“I thrive on creating concepts & transforming them
into an entertaining reality.”
Visionary filmmaker, producer, director, entrepreneur and mentor to young budding talent, Saugat Bhattacharya sought inspiration from the rich music and folklore of the North East. From an early age, his vibrant Bengali heritage amplified his urge for creative expression and drew him to the theatre.
As a Media Communications Professional, he started TryAngles – a full service production company with offices in India, Dubai and the UK. Today, under the adept leadership and creative genius of Saugat and childhood friend, Varun Raj, TryAngles has really emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. Simultaneously working on over a dozen scripts under the TryAngles banner, he’s even scripting a feature film, ‘Kabool Hai’.
For over a decade, Saugat has worked and collaborated with a number of corporate houses and ad agencies building long-lasting relationships along the way.
Truly cementing himself as an entrepreneur, Saugat has also launched his newest venture, Lucid Dreams Motion Pictures along with Ashmit Patel and Varun Raj.
Key Areas of Expertise
o Script Writer
Ad Films | Feature Films | Corporate Films | Web Videos
TV Shows | Training & Education Videos | Documentaries
Brands he’s worked on:
HDFC Life, L'Oreal, Pidilite, Reliance, HUL, Hero Motocorp, SBI, MTNL, Geetanjali Group, BachchanBol, Map my India, Raymonds, Agni Gold Jewels, Ricchezza Silver Jewelry, Samsonite and IL&FS
Ad agencies he’s collaborated with:
Ogilvy & Mather, Law & Kenneth, JWT, Samsika, Inter Publicity, Leo Burnett, TBWA and Magnum Intergraficks
o Bachelor of Arts – Economics
o Post Graduation – Film and TV from the Xavier's Institute of Communications (XIC)
A friend introduced me to the almost obsolete tradition of ‘Mutah-al-Nikah’. The idea of a 'Contract Marriage' (in today's day & age) seemed like something made-up. But, it continued to haunt me. When I browsed through the various online resources, I was not just shaken by the concept, I was shocked at my own oblivion. For, ‘Mutah-al-Nikah’ is not a practice simply prevalent in modern India (astonishing, nonetheless), it is, on record, a worldwide phenomenon.
No sooner than that, I knew I wanted to explore the subject myself, also knowing that ultimately making a film on it was going to be exceptionally hard. And so it was.
Though I wanted my film to be as rooted to reality as possible, writing the feature-length script made me completely unsure of whether I could to do justice to the truth itself, since it really was that cruel.
The next agenda became that of keeping the essence of the initial story alive through a short film, but in a way that doesn’t offend anybody’s sentiments, and that's how 'Kabool Hai', a short musical came into being.
Despite sugar-coating the ‘problem’ with an underlying love-story, my actors - Noor and Sumeet couldn’t come out of their characters for days; I had seen Noor break down several times in the midst of preparing for her role.
‘Mutah-al-Nikah’ is one of the many things wrong with our society. Given that, the purpose of this short film - 'Kabool Hai' is only to get people to open their eyes to this prevailing cruelty, but without subjecting the audience to the gruesomeness that it is in reality.