Independent filmmaker Aneek Chaudhuri has already completed the shooting of his upcoming feature-length venture ‘A Sonnet to the Hushed Times’ and now the teaser of this experimental silent film, a tribute to the Silent Era and Charles Chaplin, is out.
Interestingly, the film has no particular duration and can run up to hours after being edited. Aneek’s latest feature-length has also been shot on a phone.
The Kolkata-based independent filmmaker has been working relentlessly to revive Silent Cinema and this is altogether an effort to glorify Chaplin’s films and focus on the depth of their characters. ‘A Sonnet to the Hushed times’ is likely to be a film where the characters of Chaplin’s films are dealing in the real world and even struggling to find a new mode of occupation as talkies have superseded the silent films.
Giving a sneak peek into his one of the most ambitious projects, Aneek explained, “This is going to be a very personal film and all the artists are involved in a collaborative process. It has taken us months of preparation and I, myself, took a break from everything to get prepared for this, personally. For me, Charles Chaplin is one of the most impactful human beings we have got till date and has immensely shaped up a lot of people’s minds (including mine); it was a conscious decision to be audacious and work with this characters, more because we are thinking this to be a homage to the great man. This is out of love.”
Aneek Chaudhuri is directing the film and doing the cinematography as well. The film stars Usha Banerjee (who earlier acted in Aneek’s ‘Jharokh’) and Avijit De.
Meanwhile, Aneek’s last film ‘Jharokh’ is currently doing its festival rounds. The silent film speaks on the difference between ‘need’ to seek escapism and ‘desire’ to seek escapism.