The Mountain of the Moon - Film Tie Edition
On The One Hand it is the story of Shankar, a boy from a remote village in Bengal, who dreams of conquering The Mountain of the Moon in Africa. On the other, it is the tale of Diego Alvarez, the intrepid explorer, and his lifelong quest for the elusive diamond mines in the heart of the Richtersveldt Mountains. The weaving of these two characters, set apart by age and geography, creates one of the most gripping tales of adventure and of the triumph of the human spirit. Bibhutibhushan's fascinating tale is a salute to all those who dare to dream and are able to turn their dreams into reality.
Note from the Director:
One of the most inspiring things about filmmaking is that while the projects you obsess over and nurture for years, sometimes come films which appear to blossom from nowhere and demand, to be made. This is what happened to me, when I was first told to direct Chander Pahar, a humongous task at hand. It was a dream come true…literally.
Chander Pahar by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay is the most celebrated work in Bengali Literature, and to adapt it into a film is every filmmaker's dream, I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity.
As a child I remember reading the book and thoroughly enjoying it but I had never even in my wildest dream dreamt of directing it one day. The dream was made possible by Shree Venkatesh films, it was a tough journey but a memorable one, what seemed impossible is now going to be a celluloid reality.
Kamaleshwar Mukherjee, Director, Chander Pahar
Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay (1894-1950) - occupies a unique place in the literary firmament of Bengal. Much renowned for his novels Pather Panchali and Aparajito (adapted on screen as the Apu Trilogy by the internationally acclaimed filmmaker Satyajit Ray), Bibhutibhushans forte has been his portrayal of man in the midst of Nature. A schoolteacher by profession, he was drawn by the beauty of rural Bengal and the forests of Bengal and Bihar. In many of his novels: Drishtipradip, Aranyak, Ichhamati, Ashani Sanket: Nature, presented sometimes as a friend, sometimes as an adversary, forms the backdrop for his stories: sagas of mans struggle, his success and his humanity.