Lalon’s songs were devotional lyrics – poetic and passionate, carrying deep philosophical annotations – in tune with the music of the Baul community of rural Bengal. The Baul community renounced all recognised institutional religions and revolted against long established rites, customs and faiths. Breaking down the barriers of the narrow confines of communal faith they had found a large expanse under the sky, which had served as bountiful meeting place for many religions. In Lalon’s words, they were like a rudderless raft in a shore-less river; a hidden current where those who wanted to get lost can get lost.
The Quest: Script of Goutam Ghose’s Film Moner Manush is much more than a biography of Lalon Fakir. It reveals the stages of a simple young man’s emergence as Lalon Fakir, the prevailing social scenario, a disciple’s faith in his Guru and a man’s endless journey in quest of the single entity that his heart raved for.