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Lord of the Orphans

LORD OF THE ORPHANS is the story of a family (The Palit Family) reeling under a hundred year old curse. It is a unique biopic, a sort of auto-biopic, where filmmaker Ranjan Palit turns the lens on himself and his family.

  • Ranjan Palit
    Cinematographer of Patakkha, Saat Khoon Maaf, Aparajita Tumi and many others
  • Ranjan Palit
  • Jar Productions and Ranjan Palit
  • Adil Hussain
    Key Cast
    Life of Pi, English Vinglish
  • Malvika Mohanan
    Key Cast
    Beyond the clouds
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  • Runtime:
    2 hours 29 minutes 25 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    43,500 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    India, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    Bengali, English
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Dhaka International Film Festival
  • Kolkata International Short Film Festival
Director Biography - Ranjan Palit

Ranjan Palit completed a bachelors degree in economics and went to FTII, pune where he studied cinema, specializing in camera.he became a specialist documentary cinematographer after filming Anand Patwardhan's film BOMBAY -OUR CITY, and went onto shoot over a 100 documentaries over 35 years.he also shot 15 fiction feature films, including 7 KHOON MAAF, and PATAKHA, by vishal bhardwaj, and around 200 tv commercials he has directed ten documentaries including VOICES FROM BALIAPAL(co-directed with vasudha joshi), FOREVER YOUNG, and IN CAMERA. he has won 4 national awards(returned three in protest)won the golden conch MIFF, twice, and several other national and international awards he has been on the jury of many festivals, including YAMAGATA(2017) he has been a mentor and taken masterclasses, at BUSAN, finland, yogyakarta, ftii, srftii, and srishti.

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Director Statement

A few years ago, I had a breakdown which lasted for three long years. During that time, I slowly became lucid about my past 50 years, where I had been orphaned many a times by death, by the end of romance, and i felt the need to make a film, to heal myself. So, LORD OF THE ORPHANS is a unique biopic, where i turn the lens on my family, a certain dark history of my ancestors, on my journey through life, love and cinema, mainly the documentary. Towards the end of the film i go to ask my first wife Rumi,to ask her to play herself in the film, and tragedy overtakes us, while filming..the lines between fiction and non-fiction, of performance and actuality get completely blurred..