Chillers and thrillers are a fashion statement in the Hindi mainstream today. Arindam Nandy, who honed his skills in advertising and made a documentary on the poet-couple Radharani Debi and Narendra Deb, called Bhalobashar Kobi Dampati, steps into the world of feature films with VIA DARJEELING, a Hindi suspense thriller.
Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Sonali Kulkarni, Parvin Dabas, Vinay Pathak, Sandhya Mridul
Darjeeling is a global melting pot of tourism. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a 126-year-old cobalt blue narrow-gauge train still chugs and snorts its way from Kurseong to Darjeeling via Ghoom, winding its way along the serpentine route, against the shimmering silver of the Kanchenjunga Range in the backdrop. Along the way, it leaves behind the lush, green-layered mantle of its velvet tea gardens, shanty teashops with the smoke rising from earthen cups, the locals helping themselves to their favourite momo with its clear soup, and huts with tin roofs. Correspondent Shoma offers a sneak preview of VIA DARJEELING, a Hindi film shot against the intriguing landscape of this hill city.
The other ‘Bengali’ identity the film boasts of is its unusual storyline that revolves around the concept of the ‘adda’ â€“ or informal chat sessions within homes, in public spaces, between and among friends, that usually begin as a friendly chat but could diversify into other streams evoking different emotional layers of response like nostalgia, anger, affection, friendship, hate and even violence. Subjects can be anything under the sun – politics, love, college life, family, children, psychology, sex, murder, adultery and so on.
The film is set in modern day Kolkata and Darjeeling and is based on an age old Bengali tradition called ‘adda’ where friends get together in the rains, & exchange stories & gossip, over drinks & dinner.