Jonaki by Aditya Vikram Sengupta is now playing. Find out everything you need to know.
Author: Tribe Desk |
April 17th 2019
Aditya Vikram Sengupta's sophomore film Jonaki made its premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2018 and was also seen in the competitive India Gold section at the Mumbai Film Festival 2018. The film happens within a void in the head of the not often seen female lead.
It is the story of Jonaki, an 80-year-old woman, who searches for love in a strange world of decaying memories, her lover, now old and grey returns to a world she is leaving behind. The Bengali actress Lolita Chatterjee, who passed away last year, portrays the woman who relives the memories of childhood trauma, a lost Christian lover, and a husband she didn’t want. Watch the trailer now.
As per the director, Jonaki is inspired by the life of his grandmother, whom he shared a special bond with. He also named it Jonaki, which means firefly, as she used to tell him that fireflies are part of a Japanese folktale in which the souls of the dead turn into fireflies and wander into the forest. Jim Sarbh, most recently seen in the Amazon Prime series Made in Heaven, plays the lover she lost in life, and found in her last dreams.
The funniest thing we read on Twitter today was the actor's advice on when to watch the film. He said, "Watch it when you’re a bit sad, when you’re feeling a bit strange and don’t know why; watch it when you have time; watch it when you can let it wash over you like a dream. I fell asleep the first two times I tried to watch it 😂. The third time? I loved it."
Yes, it is an arthouse film. The Bengali filmmaker's second film after Asha Jaoar Majhe though not sans dialogue, still resorts to them only on occasion. But it is supposed to be a visual delight. Watch and decide for yourself. Jonaki is now streaming on Netflix.