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Pikoo

 

Year 1980
Producer Henri Fraise
Distributor Henri Fraise, France
Screenplay Satyajit Ray
Based on The short story Pikur Diary by Satyajit Ray
Photography Soumendu Roy
Editor Dulal Dutta
Art Director Ashoke Bose
Music Satyajit Ray
Sound Robin Sen Gupta
Length 26 min.
Print Color

Cast:

Pikoo Arjun Guha Thakurta
Seema Aparna Sen
Ranjan Soven Lahiri
Loknath Promod Ganguli
Uncle Hitesh Victor Banerjee

This film presents a day in the life of a six year old child in Calcutta, who lives shut up in the family home, insulated from the city by a park. The father is away at work. The grandfather is alone in his room, ill and confined to his bed. The mother receives her lover. The child attempts to amuse himself, registers everything in silence before hiding out in the garden where he begins to make drawings of the various flowers. The film ends with his question, addressed to his mother, in the arms of her lover: "Shall I use black crayon to draw a white flower?"