Shipwrecked on a paradise island, the prince and his friend encounter a strange culture. The islanders are all soldiers who call themselves The Cards, and live by a code of rules that outlaws any human behaviour. Before they know it, an aggressive faction of islanders captures the visitors. Taken to court, they anger The Cards by defying their court customs. They are pronounced guilty and banished. But before he leaves, the prince asks to say one last word, and takes the opportunity to whisper the message of liberation he received from his guardian angel to a few of the Card women. The result is chaos. The women are shaken to the core, and soon the land of Cards experiences dissent for the very first time.
«Tagore wrote Tasher Desh as a mythical utopian expression against the backdrop of violent turbulence. India was in the process of forming an individual and collective identity, in an attempt to shake off a history of oppression and forge a modern society. Tagore saw it as an opportunity to tell a story so far removed from reality that it forced the listener to be objective. The film is not about the narrative of the fairy tale, it is a reflection on how I see the world today. India is changing radically, along with the politics of the world, and these changes are essentially triggered by system-driven violence. Tasher Desh symbolizes the triumph of a pagan form of ritualistic cleansing through love and identification of the self, in a postmodern society. It’s a vision of man cleansed pure by woman. Tagore was a true romantic, and I have tried to place his sensibilities in the confusion of our time. A violent world without any screen violence, a fairy tale without any fabrication and frills. I wanted to remain as faithful to the original idea as I could. After all, this is a story about revolution, and magic, and I strongly believe in both».
Directed by Q (Kaushik Mukherjee)
India, Sri Lanka 2012; 114 min
Original version: Bengali