India. 2022. 23 min
‘Footprints’ that mirrors our decaying society. The film depicts a morning in the life of a house help as she navigates the various odds in her home and at the place where she works.
A Berlinale Talents 2021 alumni, Tathagata has always believed in telling stories of people from different social backgrounds. People who do not have a voice of their own. He completed his B.Sc in Mass Communication and Videography from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and then his post-graduation from Vancouver Film School in Writing for Film and Television.
Tathagata has written for various leading web film magazines as well about cinema and film making. His Bengali detective novel “Senilar Sonket” got published in the 40th Kolkata International Book Fair in February 2016. He has also directed numerous commercials, music videos and written screenplays for several projects.
A young lady in her early thirties and a single mother, we hardly heard her speak apart from a few “yes” and occasional silent nods. But I have always felt there is a strange sadness within her. And then one day, it all changed when she suddenly broke down at work. After me and my mother calmed her down, she opened up to us. We saw a different side of hers other than the usual silent and demure self. That vulnerable side of hers left a deep impact on me. I felt guilty about how we tend to overlook certain things, even if they are right in front of us.
“Especially given the tough times we are living in and the increase in abuse against women every day and the striking growth of toxic masculinity and patriarchy. It shocks me every day to see how discrimination in the name of caste, class, gender or sexuality has taken over the basis of our society- Humanity! ‘Footprints’ is about each of those, who are kept ‘invisible’ despite being one of us,” adds the talented filmmaker.