We are saddened by the sudden passing of famed Bengali author, Sunil Gangopadhyay. His short story “Rakta Aar Kanna,” translated as “Blood and Tears,” was the basis of Khyentse Norbu’s screenplay for VARA. Other filmmakers, including the father of Indian cinema, Satyajit Ray, were moved to bring Gangopadhay’s poignant stories to the screen. It was a tremendous honor to have Gangopadhyay’s blessing and support to make VARA. We are broken-hearted that we will not be able to share the film with him.
Rest in peace.