Kalikshetra was the name of the forested land back of beyond on the eastern banks of the Bhagirathi (Ganges) River around the old temple of Kalighat in southern Bengal, infested with dacoits, deathly tropical diseases, poisonous snakes and wild animals where British merchant Job Charnok had to debark and make settlement. The city of Kalikata/Kolkata (Calcutta) was born with Goddess kali coded in the name. But if we go further back in time, advanced riverine civilisations around this quarter had drawn merchants from all over since the time of Ptolemy to the mythic heroes of the medieval Bangla epics, before the colonial ships embarked here. And the historical timeline has been ruptured time and again by great flood. This film is like a cartographic attempt to map labyrinth of forgotten threads of local history of this area where the second capital of British India was once chance erected, stands weathered today.
Anirban Datta started his career as a screenwriter before he joined SRFTI as a student of Direction and Screenplay Writing.
‘Tetris’, his diploma film from SRFTI in 2006, premiered in Cannes ’06 and ‘Chronicle of an Amnesiac’ received the Rajat Kamal at the National Film Awards (2007).
He has served as a jury member for Indian National Film Awards 2008 and has taught as an Assistant Professor at FTII. He is also working as a visual and installation artist and has participated in a multi-discipline art collective for Khoj International Artists’ Association, and Vasudha Art Festival Bhubaneshwar.