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Tasher Desh (2012)

The story of a prince who escapes his destiny, the prison of his mind. He lands on a fascist island and incites women to revolt. A psychedelic fantasy about destiny and humanity, social control and Utopian revolution.

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Qaushiq Mukherjee (as Kaushik Mukherjee), Qaushiq Mukherjee (as Q)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anubrata Basu ... Son of the Merchant
Joyraj Bhattacharya ... Storyteller / Tash King (as Joyraj Bhattacharjee)
Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas ... Prince
Sayani Gupta ... Young queen
Dipankar Lahiri Dipankar Lahiri ... Island Dweller
Rii ... Horotoni / Widow (as Rituparna Sen)
Imaaduddin Shah ... Ruiton (as Immaduddin Shah)
Tillotama Shome ... Queen
Maya Tideman Maya Tideman ... Tekani
Tinu Verghese Tinu Verghese ... Oracle
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The story of a prince who escapes his destiny, the prison of his mind. He lands on a fascist island and incites women to revolt. A psychedelic fantasy about destiny and humanity, social control and Utopian revolution.

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

23 August 2013 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Land of Cards See more »

Filming Locations:

Sri Lanka

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Tagore on acid
22 July 2014 | by momtazbhSee all my reviews

It took me a week and a half to recover from the experience of watching Tasher Desh, a futuristic adaptation of a classic play by Bengali poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore. To say it's a well-known story is an understatement; pretty much every Bengali knows of it; but I'm guessing no one has the kind of imagination that could possibly have interpreted it in the way that Q has.

The entire film is a visual feast for all your senses; most of which are not pleasurable. Unexpected, unsettling and disturbing; the vivid imagery, bold graphics and loud dialogue made me squirm in my seat.

The story flits between three worlds and narratives, the urban metropolis of Calcutta, a derelict and deserted castle inhabited by a young prince bored of living a secluded and sheltered life and Tasher Desh itself, The Land of Cards ruled by a hostile military regime.

As their worlds collide, the viewer is taken on a journey that at times feels like a nightmare and at others looks like heaven. Secluded beaches juxtaposed against the harshness of city living with runaway toy train sets and ancient tribal warriors; the imagery feeds your imagination and curiosity until it can no longer consume any more.

There are infinite ways to interpret Q's Tasher Desh; there is an underlying political voice making it the perfect film to be analysed for an academic dissertation but if you detach yourself from intellectual thought and allow yourself to be drawn into Q's sinister and eccentric vision, you'll be rewarded with the prize of witnessing a film that's fresh and fantastical and guaranteed to influence your dreams for at least the night that you view it…or if you're like me, for a lot longer.


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