Sent to cover a story on the exploitation of tribal people, Upin meets a woman he believes is the epitome of Indian beauty. His pictures of her change both of their lives forever.
Inspired by the short story “Choli Ke picche” (Behind the bodice) written by noted Bengali author Mahasweta Devi, Gangor is the story of Upin, a photoreporter sent to West Bengal for a reportage on the violence that the tribal women face.
While he is in Purulia with his assistant Ujan, photographing a group of tribal women at work, Upin is deeply moved by the image of a woman named Gangor breastfeeding her baby.
When the photo is published on the front page of indian newspapers, the life of Gangor changes completely. She is ostracized by her tribe and falls in a vortex of violence and humiliation, exactly what Upin was trying to stop.
A BiBi Film, Isaria Prods., Nirvana Motion Pictures production, in association with Rai Cinema. Produced by Angelo Barbagallo, Vinod Kumar, Isabella Spinelli. Executive producer, Sushma Morthania. Directed by Italo Spinelli. Screenplay, Italo Spinelli, Antonio Falduto, based on the short story “Choli ke pichhe” (Behind the Bodice) by Mahasweta Devi.
Camera (color), Marco Onorato; editor, Jacopo Quadri; music, Iqbal Darbar; production designer, Gautam Basu; costume designer, Suchismita Dasgupta. Reviewed at Rome Film Festival (competing), Oct. 31, 2010. Running time: 94 MIN.
Adil Hussain, Samrat Chakrabarti, Priyanka Bose, Seema Rehmani, Tillotama Shome, Manoj Mishra. (Bengali, English, Purulia tribal dialogue)