Victor Banerjee, Lilette Dubey,
Sabyasachi Chakravarty, Moon Moon Sen,
Rupa Ganguly, Neha Dubey,
Avijit Dutt and introducing
Clayton Rodgers and Sohini Pal
The real life story of a tiny but resolute Anglo Indian community right in the heart of bustling north Kolkata trying desperately to keep alive its hopes, dreams, aspirations–and its identity, as the world around them changes swiftly and tries to impose that change on them and their lives. It is a tale of heart breaking loneliness and immense courage.
The ultimate story of the triumph of the human spirit!
I was invited by the residents of Bow Barracks to screen my first feature film ‘Bada Din’ on their premises for a fund raiser for repairs of the building and was immediately sucked into a unique Anglo Indian world in the heart of a predominantly Hindu North Kolkata.
It was like stepping into Goa in Kolkata. The fragrance of bibinca, the home made wine, Cliff Richards on a battered record player, the dancing and hockey matches on the street, the people who can foul month and love you with equal passion…I had to make a movie. I strongly believe that Bow Barracks, if pulled down, will be a loss to Kolkata’s cosmopolitan spirit.
Bow Barracks Forever is a film about the triumph of the human spirit.
It is not easy to fight back the march of progress. And progress brings with it change—change that is often painful, that breaks continuity, that destroys tradition, history, the power and the passion of communities that have lived and grown together over decades.
Anjan Dutt’s film, simple, powerful, almost pleading for hope, captures the real life story of a tiny but resolute Anglo Indian community right in the heart of bustling north Kolkata trying desperately to keep alive its hopes, dreams, aspirations—and its identity, as the world around them changes swiftly and tries to impose that change on them and their lives. It is a tale of heart breaking loneliness and immense courage.
It is a film we are proud to put out. For we, as a production house, believe that film makers like Anjan Dutt not only challenge us to look at life differently but also tell us apocryphal tales about brave, lonely people who fight their destiny and, in the process, redefine the landscape of Indian cinema. Bow Barracks Forever is a film that will stay with you for years.
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The lone Anglo Indian MLA in the West Bengal assembly demanded that Bow Barracks Forever be banned. This was ironic given the fact that director Anjan Dutt had made the film specifically to support the cause of the Anglo Indians living in Bow Barracks in Kolkata. The controversy, of course, ensured more viewers for the film.