Private Project

Hijli Detention Camp to IIT - An Untold Saga

Dedicated to the sacred memory of the Martyrs of Hijli Detention Camp the film narrates the story of the buiding which was once a detention camp for revolutionaries who selflessly fought for the Independence of India. With recreated events, the film depicts some real historic incidents that had taken place in the building which still stand proud as a part of the very first Indian Institute of Technology. The film is a documented tale of real incidents, real characters and a potrayal of historic events and gives an insight about the true heroes who sacrificed their lives for an independent india. The building holding the history india for decades is now The Nehru Meusum of Science and Technology in the Indian Institute of Technology, Hijli, Kharagpur.
In British India, the district of Midnapore in Bengal became a hub of revolutionary activities…there were several organizations involved in armed revolution as well as non violence movement. The British wanted to divide the district along with the partition of Bengal. The proposed district was named Hijli and it’s headquarter was constructed near Kharagpur, but was never used for that purpose…as the plan could never be realized. In 1931, the building was converted to a detention camp to keep the under-trial detainee revolutionaries..only to witness to an extreme incident of torture by the Britishers on the Indians who bled on the soil of this building..during the second world war it served as the headquarters for American air force…and lastly…in the very same building the 1st Indian Institute of Technology was established.

  • Pinaki Sarkar
  • Pinaki Sarkar
  • Pinaki Sarkar
  • Ritajaya Banerjee
  • Debraj Roy
  • Biplab Sarkar
  • Subhashish Mondal
  • Sumanta Mukherjee
    Key Cast
  • Mrittika Naskar
    Key Cast
  • Protijyoti Ghosh
    Background Score and Music Production
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
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  • 5th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival 2016
    July 24, 2016
    India Premiere
    Best Cinematography Award
  • 4th Indian Cine Film Festival 2016
    September 18, 2016
    Best Screenplay Award
  • 5th Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival 2016
    December 21, 2016
    Special Festival Mention
  • Hollywood Independent International Awards 2016
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    January 10, 2017
    American Premiere
    Best Foreign Short
  • Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
    January 11, 2017
    Semi Finalist in Best Documentary & Best Debut Filmmaker Category
  • Jio Filmfare Short Film Awards 2017
    December 10, 2016
    Online Screening
    Jio Filmfare Short Film Awards 2017 Official Selection & Nomination for Best Non Fiction Film
  • International Short Film Festival Kolkata
    March 6, 2017
    Finalist in Indian Panorama Section
  • Caribbean Film Festival & Market 2017
    Free Port, Grand Bahama
    August 24, 2017
    Bahamas Premiere
    Semi Finalist in the International Short Documentary Category
  • Indian Peacock International Film Festival of Short Films 2017
    October 10, 2017
    Official Selection (State & India)
  • GeoFilmFestival & ExpoCinema 2017
    November 9, 2017
    Italian Premiere
  • Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 27, 2017
    Winner in Best Editing
  • Indian Peacock International Film Festival 2017
    October 10, 2017
    Best Documentary (Indian Selection), Best Documentary (State Selection), Best VFX (State Selection), Best Editing (Indian Selection)
  • Smita Patil Documentary & Short Film Festival
    December 9, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Docademia’s 3rd Short Documentary Contest
    United States
    August 9, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Dunedin International Film Festival
    New Zealand
    January 12, 2019
    Official Selection
  • San Mauro
    May 15, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Pinaki Sarkar

Mr. Pinaki Sarkar has completed his masters in Physics from Presidency College (University now) and in Engineering from Jadavpur University.
He specializes in Multimedia Development and is an expert in digital technology and modern day film making. Being the director of the ‘Presidency college drama society’ he has written, translated, produced and directed several dramas, ranging from Bertolt Brecht to Rabindranath Tagore.
He has conceptualized and directed reality game show for various national channels directed a daily shop Nil Shimana for Etv Bangla and also worked as Chief Asst. Director in Popular Bengali Serial Protibimbo for years for Zee Bangla.
Since 2007, he moved to Mumbai and started working with Magik Lantern Films, where he had been the associate director as well as the visual effect supervisor for television promotionals and commercials like Reynolds with Sachin Tendulkar, Rupashi Bangla Channel Ident, Dalmia/Konark Cement TVC Commercial etc.
In his decade long career he had been associated with brands like Complan, Volini, Ujala, Reynolds, 7 up, Pepsi, JCB, Godrej SS, Castrol, HUL and many other.
He has worked as a cinematographer for Godrej, Mahindra and Mahindra, Sanofi, JCB, Viacom 18, ICICI and various others.
He is consulting creative director of Indent Production, Mumbai and Sound Motion Entertainment, Kolkata.
He is the Creative Partner at ALTER EGO FILMS, Mumbai and is engaged in Bengali and Hindi feature films as a writer,cinematographer and director.

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