The simple quest of a simple and self-effacing ice-cream seller to discover life and its meanings. Film lovers at the ongoing International Film Festival of India in Goa got a simple yet beautiful chance to lose themselves in the pristine simplicity of the common man, thanks to Nitantoi Sahaj Saral. Set in rural Bengal, the Bengali film by Director Satrabit Paul is about simple people and their simple lives. In keeping with its name (meaning “very easy and simple”), the story and the characters too portray simplicity at its finest.
The Director revealed the wellsprings of inspiration which led to the provenance of the movie. “I have been witnessing the characters of the story ever since my childhood. The role of the protagonist is based on a real life ice-cream seller from my school who used to come in his cycle and sell ice-cream to little kids. I got the inspiration of my main character from him.” Paul said this, while addressing a press conference, on the sidelines of the 52nd edition of the festival, in Goa. The film has been screened at IFFI under the Feature Film Category of Indian Panorama Section.
Describing the film as a black comedy, Paul said: “The film revolves around an ice-cream seller from Haldibari, a border town in West Bengal. He happily travels through the remote areas of rural Bengal for work. While travelling to remote villages for his work, he experiences both good and bad things during his journey, which teach him the meaning of love and life.”