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CM Mamata Banerjee comes up with film on Kolkata’s senior citizens

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How does Kolkata come in aid of senior citizens living in isolation during lockdown? That’s the logline of the short film titled ‘Jhhar Themey Jabe Ekdin’ conceived by Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and will be directed by Arindam Sil. This is perhaps the first time that any chief minister of India has come up with the concept for a film to create awareness about Covid-19.

The initiative is expected to raise approximately Rs 50 lakh for Tollywood’s technicians and will be supported by president of Federation Of Cine Technicians & Workers Of Eastern India (FCTWEI) Swarup Biswas. Shooting will begin on Wednesday. Paran Bandopadhyay, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Koel Mallick, Mimi Chakraborty, Nusrat Jahan, Subhashree Ganguly and Rukmini Maitra will shoot their portions separately. “I will be happy if I can help in creating a fund,” said Prosenjit.

According to Sil, this film will be high on emotional connect. “On Tuesday morning, we discussed the idea with our chief minister. She wanted us to make a film to highlight how Bengal is coming forward to help people in distress, especially the senior citizens,” the director said. The chief minister also forwarded him an audio recording of a song by Kabir Suman and asked him to include it in the film. “The lyrics are: ‘Jhhar theme jabe/Jhhar theme jabe ekdin/parle sedin khunje nio/jhorapatagulo khunje nio/Jhhar chole jabe pata robe samadhite/parle mone rekho/ekta gaan dio/ekta koli geo/du phonta chokher jol dio’. The lyrics was penned by our CM while Kabir Suman has composed the tune and sung it. I will ask Bickram (Ghosh) to compose the background score for the film,” Sil said.

Padmanabha Dasgupta has been engaged to write the script. “During lockdown, we came across many incidents of people helping out senior citizens to get food and medicine. I want to write a script based on how the city is helping an elderly gentleman on his death bed and his daughter who is unable to give him food and medicines during lockdown,” Dasgupta said. The script based on the original concept by the CM will be sent for her final approval.

If that is approved, the senior citizen will be played by Bandopadhyay. Instead of colour, Sil wants to the film to be in a monochromatic tone. “During lockdown, it will not be easy to do colour- correction. Besides, people will be shooting in their own houses. To maintain continuity, monochromatic will work best,” he added.

However, he is making sure that the film doesn’t have a feel of a chamber drama that is completely shot indoors. “The script will be written in such a way that the stars are shown in their terrace, lift or driveway. That way there will be a feel of outdoors without anyone stepping outside their house for it,” he concluded.


Source: Times of India

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