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Illégitime : Les Dialogues entre Karna et Kunti

L’épique bataille de Mahabharata datant de l'Inde ancienne a éclaté entre deux groupes de cousins, les Kauravas et les Pandavas, pour la succession dynastique du trône. Un vaillant combattant empêchait la victoire des Pandavas :-Karna, le commandant des Kauravas, issu de l’union du dieu soleil et de Kunti, la reine Pandava. Celle-ci avant son mariage, pour cacher sa honte en tant que mère célibataire fut obligée de l’abandonner à la naissance. Inconscient de sa connexion royale, Karna est déterminé à tuer son plus grand rival, demi-frère Arjun. Consciente de la conséquence fatale, la reine quitte le palais isolé pour rencontrer son fils abandonné en faisant une dernière tentative d'arrêter le combat entre les deux frères.

  • Subrata Das
  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • Subrata Das
  • Jayanti Bandyopadhaya
    Key Cast
  • Subrata Das
    Key Cast
  • Ganesh Davuluri
    Director of Photography
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Illegitimate : The Dialogues between Karna and Kunti
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 hours 57 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Subrata Das

I am the director and co-founder of the non-profit community English theater group Stage Ensemble Theater Unit (SETU) ( in the Boston area with a mission to bridge the cultural gap between India and western society. I am a board member of the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA.

As a director, my foremost objective is to entertain audience by dramatizing powerful scripts with subtle social and political messages. While acting in and directing popular Indian dramas in the Boston area, I have frequently adopted Stanislavski’s system of method acting techniques. I enrich my techniques by exploiting the close relationship between acting and my work-related experience in the area of human cognitive thought processing. I investigate the relationship between an actor’s spontaneity and cognition, that is, how an actor lives in the present moment while delivering memorized dialogue.

I attended The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in NY for a month-long intensive training and an intensive weekend workshop with Shakespeare & Company.

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Director Statement

Though I have been directing and acing in English stage plays for the last 15 years, this is my first film based on a beautiful poem by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The film reflects upon the tragic consequence of a premarital affair resulting in the birth of a child out of wedlock, considered a social taboo for women since ancient times that continues to pervade modern India.