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by Aditya Vikram Sengupta


After the loss of her daughter, Ela not only loses her identity as a mother, but also the only reason to be with her husband. When she is refused a home loan by the bank, her boss, owner of a massive Ponzi scheme, makes her an offer she struggles to accept. Ela reconnects with her stepbrother to reclaim her half of an old family theatre, but he refuses, blaming Ela for his own dark fate. In between all this, Ela’s childhood sweetheart resurfaces and gives her the warmth and hope for a new beginning. Just as Ela starts living the life she had dreamed for herself, she realises that she isn’t the only scavenger in the city brimming with hunger.

international title: Once Upon A Time in Calcutta
original title: Once Upon A Time in Calcutta
country: India, France, Norway
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Aditya Vikram Sengupta
film run: 131'
screenplay: Aditya Vikram Sengupta
cast: Sreelekha Mitra, Shayak Roy, Bratya Basu, Arindam Ghosh, Satrajit Sarkar, Anirban Chakrabarti, Reetika Nondini Sheemu
cinematography by: Gökhan Tiryaki
film editing: Aditya Vikram Sengupta
art director: Jonaki Bhattacharya
costumes designer: Jonaki Bhattacharya
music: Minco Eggersman
producer: Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Vikram Mohinta, Jonaki Bhattacharya, Anshulika Dubey, Priyanka Agarwal, Shashwat Singh, Ingrid Lill Hogtun, Marie Fuglestein Lægreid, Linda Bolstad Strönen, Catherine Dussart
production: CDP - Catherine Dussart Productions, DUOfilm AS, For Films (IN), Wishberry Films (IN)

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