Padma Nadir Majhi or Boatman of the River Padma was created in 1993. This film’s primary language is Bengali, West Bengal, India and is 126 minutes in length. This movie was created by Gautam Ghose being inspired by the novel of the same name written by author Manik Bandopadhyay.
One reason this Indian cinema gained such popularity is that it was actually an India-Bangladesh joint venture. This movie is set before 1947 – before the time of the Indian partition. The poverty and despair of a Hindu fisherman, Kuber, eventually overpowers his fears and trepidation of the Island of Moyna populated by Muslim settlers and folks from Kuber's own village, Ketupur. The founder of the island, Hosen is seen only as either a generous patriarch or a conniving master, depending upon who is asked. In the film the island appears brooding in the background, as it is always in the back of Kuber's mind. The Padma River that Kuber depends upon to support his family is certainly not a generous master, but master all the same, Ghose's scenes of the river, and Kuber's despairing comment, “It is true Padma gives us a lot, but in return it also takes a lot from us.” stays with the moviegoer. A culmination of events. ending with Kuber being falsely accused of being a thief by his good friend whom he offended, forces him to overcome his fears and flee to the island.
Kuber was played by Raisul Islam Asad, Hosen by Utpal Dutt.
This film was directed by Gautam Ghose, with a screenplay inspired by Manik Bandopadhyay. Cinematographer was Gautam Ghose, and the musical score was a collaboration between Gautam Ghose and Alauddin Ali. The editor was Moloy Banerjee.
Some awards include (but are not limited to):
ƒÜ Best Film – Bengali Silver Lotus Award 1994
ƒÜ Cannes UNESCO Award 1993