Submitted by WBRi on Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:36.
DC, July 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Srijit Mukherji returns to
our studios after exactly one year to chat with Arijit Chakraborty about
his upcoming 2nd Bengali feature film Baishe Shrabon and the remarkable response to his debut film Autograph. At the time of our last interview (audio available on-line here), Srijit was in the final stages of post-production of Autograph. Little did we know at that time that Autograph would
go on to cause such an upheaval in Bengali cinema, winning an
unprecedented 38 awards so far and setting a box-office performance
record in recent times of an almost 4-month run!
At the time of this chit-chat with Srijit, he is wrapping up his 2nd feature film Baishe Shrabon which is at the final stages of post-production and almost ready to release around Durga Puja 2011.
Autograph, I wanted to make something that is diametrically opposite",
says Srijit about his forthcoming film. "I have always been a thriller
If Autograph were represented by a color, it would be
feel-good white - or perhaps slightly grey. But Baishe Shrabon is going
to be darker.
The script for Baishe Shrabon was written in 2008
(for a tele-film broadcast on STAR Jalsha Bengali TV channel owned by
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation). Srijit is no stranger to the
thriller - he has written and directed live drama (theater) productions
like the English play "MINDGAMES", Bengali play "FELUDA FEROT" (a vision
of Feluda's later days from the perspective of Feluda's arch enemy
Maghanlal Meghraj), and the play "CHECKMATE", and worked as an assistant director with Anjan Dutta (interview) for Madly Bengali and Aparna Sen (interview) for Iti Mrinalini. Incidentally, Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini opened in theaters this weekend along with Riingo Banerjee's (interview) System.
Baishe Shrabon, Srijit says he wanted to explore genres of the drama
and the thriller, violence, and Bangla poetry. Indeed, the producers are
using the words "musical thriller" for the film, the oxymoronic
labeling adding to the anticipation!
The film-maker himself describes it as being about ...
Listen to the audio interview broadcast via on-demand service on Washington Bangla Radio.