Muktodhara, a film that introduced culture therapy to mainstream cinema


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Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee are known for their successful movies and for telling stories in the most inspiring way possible. One of their early films, “Mukhtodhara”, had hit the big screen on 3rd August, 2012. The film had Rituparna Sengupta and Gotro’s leading man, Nigel Akkara, in the lead. Shiboprosad Mukherjee also played the part of a jail inmate. It is the first film in the history of Indian cinema to be made on culture therapy. Nigel Akkara, who debuted in Muktodhara, is an ex-convict and went through culture therapy. He played the lead role of a convict going through the therapy quite impeccably.


Culture therapy started in Berhampore and it was later brought to Alipore Jail under the leadership of IPS BD Sharma. Dancer Alokananda Roy assisted BD Sharma in the project. They successfully instilled change in many convicts. Later, the court released the convicts on the grounds of goodwill and conduct. The director duo conceived the unique story of Muktodhara from the inspiring stories that unfolded here in Alipore Central Jail.


The therapy talks about the tiny streak of hope, positivity amidst the negative situations that the prisoners face. How it brought a complete metamorphosis in the convicts and enabled them to alter their lives altogether, was the most crucial part of the film.


The film had created history and was a big hit during its time. Nandita-Shiboprosad’s Muktodhara set a new benchmark and the film received an overwhelming response from the audience. The film completes eight glorious years and still has the same impact on us every time we see it.


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