After completing her first unreleased film, Rituparna Sen who is appreciatively credited as Rii in her documentaries had hopes to be a star, but was heartbroken to know that Tepantorer Mathe was never to be out in theatres. Back then in early 2000’s, the estate in the film emporium that would be claimed by her was unknown to Rii, the Bengali film world and the audiences. She returns in a never-seen-before role in Q and Nikon’s film Ludo.
Sen as an actress of alternative cinema has found prominence at Film festivals and other platforms which are subversive voices for cinema with seductively-shot creative content. She defies protocols and size zeroes and yet is the Bengali film sensation for her portrayal of characters which use sexuality for great cinematic purpose as she defines.
Qaushik Mukherjee’s tryst with his art has found temperatures soaring at the censorship board more than green signals for release of his films. Q has, in the face of bans and protests continued making adult content with conviction and hope for his internet audience to consume his films. Rii, who has earlier paired with director Q makes an appearance which is a first-time for a character on Indian screens in Q and Nikon’s forthcoming venture, Ludo. The latter, an alumnus from SRFTI in Kolkata and Emily Carr, Vancouver has collaborated and edited with Q in earlier projects.
Overdose Joint, Q’s production house has backed films like Gandu, Love in India, Tasher Desh which has all been made by Qaushik himself. The banner produces Ludo which is jointly co-produced by Idyabooster and Starfire Movies. The film’s produced under the banner (OverdoseJoint) are usually dark in content and have a trippy feel, credit for which goes to the filmmaker and the editor’s play with the visuals.
While Rii has stayed away from appearing in theatrically releasing films, she has been praised by International critic circuits for her roles in Bissh, Gandu and Cosmic Sex. The depiction of womanhood and sex on screen has always been a point of controversy for the audiences and the censor board. However, Rii has had her share of accolades with awards and recognition for her work at the Osian’s Cinefan Festival.
The director-actor duo has always had strong opinions about their work and they have never relented from communicating to the press about their ideas which might not conventionally fit the block but surely has a niche audience. With widespread speculation over Rii’s role in Ludo, the actress from Cosmic Sex keeps her fans guessing what’s next.
By Soham Bhattacharyya