Director Sujoy Ghosh’s short film Ahalya has been lauded by many, but there are accusations of similarities between the film and other works.
Ahalya, director Sujoy Ghosh’s short film that has been lauded by numerous people on the internet, has attracted some comparisons with other famous works. One among them is the similarities between Ahalya and author Roald Dahl’s short story The Landlady.
However, Ghosh says that his latest short film is not inspired by Dahl’s story. Set in contemporary Kolkata, the 14-minute Ahalya is a thriller, a feminist take on the story of Ahalya from the Ramayana, where the fate of an apsara, a mahirishi and rain god Indra is sealed by a curse.
In Indian mythology, Ahalya is known as the most beautiful woman in the world. She was cursed by her husband, an old sage called Gautama, for infidelity. In this short film, Radhika Apte plays the role of Ahalya, the beautiful wife of a much older artist played by Soumitra Chatterjee. Earlier, the film was said to have been inspired by a Spanish film Alma. And now it’s Roald Dahl’s story.
“My film, as is evident, is an age old myth, slightly adult in nature, adapted with a feminist twist. I am, however, flattered over the comparisons with Dahl’s work – he is of course, one of the greatest children’s authors of the 20th century,” Ghosh tweeted on July 24. He also said:Ahalya features Soumitra Chatterjee, Radhika Apte and Tota Roy Chowdhury in the lead roles. The short film was released on July 20.