AUSTRALIAN/INDIAN ACTOR “KAUSHIK DAS” LINKS INDIANS TO AUSTRALIA
WITH HIS MOVIE “REFRACTION” SCREENED AT KOLKATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, AND HIS RELEASE “SALT BRIDGE” WITH RAJEEV KHANDELWAL AND USHA JADHAV RELEASING IN INDIA SOON
Kaushik Das’ new film ReFraction explores his heritage as an Indian Australian Actor and Producer. In this gripping bilingual (English/Bengali) short film, he explores the shared ancestry between Indians and Australian Aboriginals. ReFraction is an Official Selection in this year’s Kolkata International Film Festival.
The film is a modern day Australian story that follows an Indigenous Australian man who finds himself embroiled in a life-threatening situation with a stranded asylum seeker from Bangladesh.
The film is the creation of Kaushik Das and Mirko Grillini. When Kaushik’s mother was diagnosed was terminal cancer, he recruited the help of long-time friend Mirko Grillini to make a special film dedicated to his dying mother.
Mirko Grillini, who is better known for his work in front of the camera, (Emmy nominated show Wanted, HBO’s The Leftover’s,Underbelly, Home and Away, Neighbours) developed the story written by Kaushik Das into a compelling screenplay and directed this very sentimental piece.
Kaushik Das, an Indian Australian Actor who has acted in a number of crossover films, including Salt Bridgeopposite Rajeev Khandelwal and Usha Jadhav. Salt Bridge will be releasing on cinema screens across India soon. The films songs were shortlist for Oscar Nominations.
ReFraction has already made waves in the international film festival circuit, screening in some of the top festivals in the world, including the New York Indian Film Festival, Dhaka International Film Festival and the All Lights India International Film Festival.
It won Best Short Film in the NRI Category at the Delhi International Film Festival,
the Best Short Film in the Australian Screen Industry Network Awards, Best Foreign Short Film at the Action on Film Festival in Las Vegas.
One of the awards won by ReFraction was in the most coveted Social Justice and Liberation Film Category for the film’s sensitive treatment of human rights issues affecting the world today.
The film looks at the displacement of indigenous populations and many other populations around the world as the refugee crisis broadens.
The strong indigenous content of the film lead to the creative duo forming a beautiful association with one of the most ancient tribes in Australia, the Quandamooka people, who are the traditional owners of North Stradbroke Island.
Kaushik Das explains, “ReFraction is about the spiritual connectivity between life and death and the unshakeable bond to Mother Nature held by the people who lived the earth thousands of years before us. This story, it’s a story of courage, determination and compassion, where differences are not the enemy and the discovery of each other hearts, leads to the realisation that we are all one. I’m so pleased to see that ReFraction has received recognition overseas and that through this film, we could showcase internationally one of the most ancient populations of this beautiful country, The Quandamooka people.
The creators of this project received a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant and were also supported by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), Arts Queensland, Redland City Council and the Queensland Government.
Kaushik Das production company, Anjana Productions, has a number of projects slated for 2019 including a film set in his hometown of Kolkata.
Enjoy the 10 minute Behind- The-Scenes Documentary “ReFraction : Filming on Quandamooka Country “