10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Labour of Love (2015 Feature Film)

Aditya Vikram Sengupta | India | 2014 | 84 min | Bengali

A husband and wife, gently in love and in the prime of life, hardly see each other due to their working schedules in an extremely busy Kolkata. Sophisticated cinematic approach with strong performances, no dialogue and great camerawork makes for a memorable film. Best Director, Venice.

A woman leaves home on her way to work. Her husband has just arrived home and gets ready to go to bed. The day unfolds in cross-cut shots: she works, he sleeps. Half way through, they switch roles. The importance of their work becomes clear from minor topical asides: in today’s Calcutta, the crisis is causing mass unemployment.

Only at the end of the day (or the beginning of the next) does the couple come together. In his debut film, Aditya Vikram Sengupta meticulously builds up to the meeting in his cyclical work, the painterly images in which would be just as at home on the walls of a gallery as in a cinema. He focuses on details in the dilapidated locations and on the small, everyday actions with which the couple maintain contact despite their physical distance: the washes they do for each other, the meals they prepare for each other. A work of love.

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 26 March 2015

Time: 14:15

Duration: 1:45

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 27 March 2015

Time: 22:00

Duration: 1:45

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 28 March 2015

Time: 11:15

Duration: 1:45

Year in



Aditya Vikram Sengupta


Mahendra Shetty
Aditya Vikram Sengupta


Ritwick Chakraborty
Basabdutta Chatterjee




Aditya Vikram Sengupta




84 min


Alokananda Dasgupta


Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Jonaki Bhattacharya

Production Company

For Films

Production Design

Jonaki Bhattacharya


For Films


Aditya Vikram Sengupta

Sound Design

Anish John

Year of Production



India) tried his hand at many forms of art throughout his youth: performing music and in the theatre, studying Literature, and working as a graphic designer and artist. Film, he says, unites these various interests. Labour of Love is his feature debut.



Chhaaya (2004, short), Dheel/Kite Flying (2006, short), A Song of Innocence (2006, short), Cigarettes Kill (2007, short), Asha jaoar majhe/Labour of Love (2014)