Manoj Michigan whose last directorial ‘Tritiya Adhyay’ is still running successfully at theatres since its release in February has one more reason to cheer. His short film ‘I, Reborn’ has been named an official selection at the 9th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival. The 20-minute short film earlier won a prestigious Remi Award at the 52nd Houston International Film Festival.
This film opens a window to the unexplored world of a Dom undertaker who lives with his aged almost paralyzed father in the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal. The helpless father sees his son continues to cremate the departed relatives of the locals nearby. However, one fine morning life steps into their somewhat cocooned world in the form of a baby and it brings in a completely alien perspective to their outlooks.
The cycle of life and death takes a new shape as a woman, who had once aroused his inner craving for the young Dom’s family, arrives as an abandoned corpse at the doorstep. ‘I, Reborn’ is like a awakening, the rising, death and the re-awakening of the universal cycle we all travel on,” the critically acclaimed director had earlier said while speaking about ‘I, Reborn’ which explores the cycle of life with a touching story of a young Dom.
While Debopriyo Mukherjee plays the young son Haridas Chattopadhyay essays the father’s role in ‘I, Reborn’.