A letter to Godard that never reached him


Here is a sad news that Godard is no more.Veteran critic Vidyarthy Chatterjee wrote a letter to Godard after listening to an interview, where the master confessed that he doesn’t get any Indian films to watch.After Fifty years of pedestrian writing, Vidyarthy Chatterjee wrote his first book and he had sent it across by courier to Switzerland,only to hear back from the Courier company,that pincode or phone number are essential to reach the addressee.Vidyarthy Chatterjee tried to get the details from Kerala Chalachithra Academy,who had awarded Godard a Lifetime Achievement Award,a couple of years ago.The then Artistic Director Director,refused to part with even Godard’s agent details.The letter,the book,the pendrive with three films,never reached the Master.I , personally have witnessed these cruel jokes and am devastated now by the news of the ultimate departure of a master.

Joshy Joseph, filmmaker.Kolkata

Dear Mr. Godard,

Greetings! Hope this finds you in good health & cheerful mind. Please be good enough to accept my book — my first book written at age 74, as a humble gift from a long-time admirer of your phenomenal output of films and other interventions on behalf of the wretched of the earth. I hope you will have the time and the energy to go through the book which relates to three long docu- fiction ‘acts’ to do with both the visible md hidden life of a great, dark city and its people in various states of hope md the lack of it.

Allow me to say that the documents trilogy by the Calcutta documentarist, Joshy Joseph, perhaps needs to be seen to enter the book. So, a pendrive carrying the £i1ms is being sent as a necessary accomp ent. I am aware that I am making a tall demand – a man past 90 being asked to see three films arid read a book dealing with them. But, honestly, I see nothing wrong expecting the Himalayas from ari artist who has life-long scaled one summit after another.

With best regards,

Vidyarthy Chatterjee


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