Made on a meagre budget of 3 crores, Hemlock society has garnered 13 awards and 65 crores since its release, two months ago.
However that didn’t surprise pundits as director Srijit Mukherjee has upped the bar very high with his filmography which includes the impressive Baishe Srabon, Autograph, Shobdo, Maach Mishti and More…and more!
Hemlock Society fills the satire component of Darpan 2013. It is the story of a man, Ananda (Parambrata Chatterjee) who runs a school which teaches aspirants how to successfully commit suicide. He develops a bond with one of its students, Meghna (Koel Mallick), a depressed and dejected woman, and what follows is an unforgettable and life-changing journey for both.
HS exploits dark comedy well to showcase the importance of living life with courage than bow to the cowardly step of suicide. It gives a strong insight into psychological dilemma about the primal existence of life. It reiterates the fact that ‘can you shock someone by letting her know that death is impending and inescapable.’
After it received rave reviews, several Non profit organizations have used this film to motivate people from disadvantaged and difficult backgrounds to keep fighting with life.
The name of the movie is inspired by the erstwhile Hemlock Society, a society which was based in Santa Monica, US. The primary mission of this society included providing information to dying persons and supporting legislation permitting physician-assisted suicide.
Hemlock Society (Language – Bengali (Indian) with English subtitles; Rating – TBA) will be screened on 8th Sep, 3:30pm at The Cathay, as part of the Indian Film festival - Darpan 2013.