Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Ahalya’ is a retelling of the mythological tale taking from the Ramayan with a modern spin. It’s a Bengali short-film with Soumitra Chatterjee, Radhika Apte and Tota Roy Chowdhury playing the lead roles. The film has gone viral on Youtube and for good reasons.
In Indian mythology, Ahalya is known to be the creation of Lord Brahma. Myth has it that Ahalya was the most beautiful woman in the world. However, she was cursed by her husband, an old sage called Gautama for infidelity.
The ‘Kahaani’ director, which was inspired by goddess ‘Durga’ in parts, has taken a mythological story and gave it a thrilling, modern twist. Radhika Apte plays the role of Ahalya, the young and beautiful wife of a famous, aging artist played by the veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee.
The film begins when a young policeman Indra played by Tota Roy Chowdhury enters their home to question them about a missing man. The plot starts to get unnerving when you are shown that a doll-version of the missing person is standing on the couple’s mantelpiece, along with 5-6 other dolls. But before you can even try to come to your own conclusions, the gripping plot takes you along with it. The complete short, a little over 14 minutes, was uploaded on YouTube for unrestricted viewing on 20th July, the film has garnered an incredible 2.3 million views in just 4 days.
Sujoy says between the ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Ramayana’, the two books are a mine-full of stories he would like to tell. ‘Ahalya’ is the kind of thing people love to share on social media so if you haven’t seen it yet we recommend that you give it a watch.
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