Moner Manush (Bengali: মনের মানুষ, lit.'Ideal Person') is a 2010 India-Bangladesh joint venture Bengali-language biographical musical drama film based on the life and philosophy of Lalon, a noted spiritual leader, poet and folk singer of Bengal in the 19th century. Directed by Goutam Ghose, who also wrote the screenplay, the film has Prosenjit as the lead actor portraying the character of Lalan Fakir. Paoli Dam plays the character of Komli, the key female disciple of Lalan. Moner Manush has been critically and commercially successful.

Moner Manush
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মনের মানুষ
Directed byGoutam Ghose
Screenplay byGoutam Ghose
Based onMoner Manush
by Sunil Gangopadhyay
Produced by
  • Gautam Kundu
  • Habibur Rahman Khan
CinematographySunirmal Majumder
Edited byMoloy Banerjee
Music byGoutam Ghose
Distributed by
Release date
  • 3 December 2010 (2010-12-03)
Running time
150 minutes

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Rabindranath Tagore's elder brother Jyotirindranath Tagore, a Western educated bright young man from the 19th century Bengal met the octogenarian Lalan Fakir and drew a portrait of the poet saint in the former houseboat afloat on the Padma river. Jyotirindranath, an urban intellectual, exchanges views with the man of native wisdom. Their exchange of ideas forms the cinematic narrative of this film. The narrative is a saga of the life and time of Lalan Fakir and his liberal sect who lived a life of high order in an otherwise superstitious 19th century Indian society. Lalan inherited the best of the liberal and enlightened tradition of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam to develop a philosophy of life which is extremely secular and tolerant. Thus became an easy prey for the fundamentalists from the Hindu and the Muslim institutions. They were the parallel stream flowing freely in the heart of rural Bengal when men like Tagore were germinating ideas of the Bengal Renaissance. The love and compassion of Lalan is relevant more than ever in today's world of intolerance and hate.

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The film won Golden Peacock (Best Film) at the 41st International Film Festival of India, in 2010.[2] The movie has also won the award for Best Feature Film on National Integration and National Film Award for Best Make-up Artist at 58th National Film Awards.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ Bhattacharya, Pallab (18 October 2010). "'Moner Manush' heads for Goa film fest". The Daily Star. Dhaka. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  2. ^ Sahani, Alaka (3 December 2010). "Ghose's Moner Manush wins top award at IFFI". The Indian Express.
  3. ^ Tankha, Madhur (10 September 2011). "Southern sweep at the National Film Awards". The Hindu.

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