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A film made by Bengalis in London, based on their experiences during the lockdown, is set for its social media release on Friday. ‘Uttoron’ is a collaboration between the London-based Bengal Heritage Foundation (BHF) and British Council Kolkata, and was inspired by the experiences of London-based CA Anirban Mukhopadhyay, whom doctors and nurses of NHS gave a standing ovation on his release from Harefield Hospital on May 22.

Debanjan Chakrabarti, director, British Council, East and Northeast India, said, “The film celebrates the resilience and the compassion of individuals and communities in India and the UK who were caught unawares by the lockdown, but rallied around each other and helped us heal.” The 43-strong cast includes Nick Low, Kolkata’s British deputy high commissioner who plays himself. “It’s a lovely film with a message of support and solidarity,” Low said.

The crew, mostly Londoners, shot the movie on iPhones in living rooms and backyards. “It is the real on the reel,” said Mukhopadhyay. “Everything we have been going through here, as well as the experiences of our families in Kolkata, have been expressed in the film,” said Kaushik Chatterjee, who directed the film in Bengali with English subtitles.

“The music album has 175,000 views already,” said Tanusree Guha, director, Bank of America, who has sung the theme song. IT professional and fellow Londoner Sambrita Das said, “The song ‘All will be well one day’ struck my husband Sudipta Mondal one evening and he video-called BHF members.” Mondal, an IT professional, said, “I thought we could chronicle the experiences of quarantined NRIs.”

“The bouquet of stories shows how UK and Bengal are connected even in the most trying times,” said BHF president Sourav Niyogi.

Source:Times of India

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