Since he returned after cutting short the schedule of ‘Kakababur Protyaborton’ in South Africa, actor Prosenjit Chatterjee has strictly been under home quarantine for 14 days. That was before the lockdown was announced. Even his social media appearance went down drastically. All that changed the day he received a call from Amitabh Bachchan asking him to be a part of a short film titled ‘Family’ that has been shot at home and is meant to support daily wage workers associated with the entertainment industry.
Life in home quarantine for a busy star can be a challenge. “For 14 days, I was in total isolation. Each floor in my house is like an apartment. I stayed alone on one floor that has an attached terrace. Only my food would be sent up via the lift. I did everything else on my own,” he said.
The call to be a part of the movie, ‘Family’, came after his quarantine period was over. This is the first time Chatterjee has been part of such a shoot-at-home project with multiple stars across India. “The short film is directed by Prasoon Pandey. He shot my portion and sent it to me. This was to give me an idea of how I needed to sit and what was the camera angle that would be required,” Chatterjee recalled.
According to Chatterjee, these clips were sent to all the actors. That included Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Chiranjeevi, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Sonalee Kulkarni, Shiva RajKumar and Diljit Dosanjh. “I think, it was Big B’s brainchild. Then, he sat with the director and came up with this concept. The idea of writing a script based on a simple pair of dark glasses to emphasize the need to stay at home during lockdown is unique. The use of humour has appealed to all. With this video, he proved that he can get all actors across India to collaborate for a cause.”
The shoot took place at Chatterjee’s Ballygunje residence. “I asked my PR to come over. She just had to hold the mobile phone in the angle that was shown in the original clip. Unless we got that angle right, it would be difficult to sync it with the angles of the clips preceding and following mine. It was over in five minutes. All the actors shot their clips similarly.”
Chatterjee’s clip was sent to Mumbai on Sunday. “All this was done in just three days. We were told to send the video by 10pm on Sunday. I was told that editing was done throughout the night. On Monday, we were sent a rough cut on a group mail.” The actor is happy that people are connecting with the film nationally. “With a touch of humour, the film is creating awareness. I am happy that people are liking it,” he said.
Source: Times of India