When old work gets new applause it is always a special feeling. Young Bengali cinema and theatre actor Rwitobroto Mukherjee is currently basking in the glory of one such close-to-heart work of his. Rwitobroto had directed and written the story and screenplay of a short film, Bumper, in 2014-15 with the Open Tee Bioscope cast of Riddhi Sen, Dhee Majumder, Rajarshi Nag and others. It was received well then and now it is being shown at an online film festival after so many years.
“I have always been thinking whether cinema or any form of art has ever really made an impact on the audience. I have noticed people answering calls while watching movies in the cinema hall and texting during plays. So, to understand whether art has a deep influence, I thought of this film within a film to deal with fear psychosis. I wanted to show does an audio or a visual have an effect on a person’s brain,” said Rwitobroto.
The short was screened at various festivals around that time. It was also screened at Kolkata International Film Festival, in 2017. It also has Chandan Sen among the cast. “When Rwitobroto came to me with the short film around six years ago, he was a kid. I was amused by his confidence to work on the subject and by the very young cast of the film. They are big boys now. Back then, it was almost like participating in my son’s endeavour and seeing him grow. The fact that people are watching it again and again all these years is another plus,” said Chandan.
For Rwitobroto, it was a happy occasion to re-unite with the cast of Open Tee Bioscope for work again. “We made this short right after shooting for Open Tee. It was fun. Time and again people have encouraged our work by watching it every year. We were very young back then and seniors helped us without taking a penny,” said Rwitobroto.
Source:Times of India