Director: Gautam Ghose
Cast: Prosenjit Chatterjee as Muntasir Chowdhury Badal, Kusum Sikder as Laila, Shajbati as Rupsha.
Shankhachil is an India-Bangladesh joint venture Bengali drama film directed by Noted filmmaker Gautam Ghose. The tragic drama stars Prosenjit Chatterjee and Bangladeshi actress Kusum Sikder as a Bangladeshi couple who are forced to cross the border illegally and reaches Taki to treat their ailing daughter. Their life and struggle have been portrayed with immense emotion and sincerity. This film is named after the bird Brahminy Kite - Shankhachil - which is used by many Bengali poets like Jibanananda Das. The bird which often crosses the border without any hindrance of the border, border security or any other state-related norms as a striking contrast to the condition of the humans who are helpless and crept by the border between two countries.
Even though people from both East and West Bengal have the same problems, emotions, and languages, they are separated by the piece of lands. In the film, we see Badal, a history teacher who lives along with her wife Laila and daughter Rupsha, who often falls ill. On a sudden twist of event, their small but loving family falls apart. Badal with the help of Rupsha and his well-wishers cross the river and rush to the hospital to admit an ailing girl as reaching Kolkata was easier to them than reaching Dhaka within the limited span of time. Will Rupsha get better? Will Badal be able to return to Bangladesh along with his daughter?