Utsav Mukherjee's "Half Serious" Take on Domestic Violence Prevalant in India - Bengali Movie Preview
By Priyanka Dutta
From left: Mumtaz Sorcar,Anindya Banerjee, Biplab Chatterjee, Utsav Mukherjee, Sudipta Chakraborty,Shilajit, Joy Sarkar, Ridhima Ghosh, Damini Basu and others
at Press Conference of "Half Serious" (picture by Arindam Bandyopadhyay via facebook)
Kolkata, Nov 20, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Indian Bengali movie "Half Serious" - a "fun movie with a social outlook" - is a satire on contemporary society currently being shot at Palbari near Bondel Road in Kolkata. The film is directed by newcomer Utsav Mukherjee. The writers are Subhadeep Das and Utsav Mukherjee.
Utsav Mukherjee had the idea of making a film on domestic violence in present day society and shooting of the film started in mid-November. Shooting is expected to complete by end of 2012.
The story of the film revolves around members of the Dutta family of North Kolkata. The film depicts the submissive nature of the women in the household and how they are dominated by male members of the family.
According to the director Utsav Mukherjee, “The story of the film is such that every character in the film is important and binds the film together. The first half of the film is inspired from real-life characters that one sees everyday in contemporary Bengali society. The second half of the film is inspired from fictional characters and this is the difficult part of the film.”
The director wants to highlight the plight of women who are often victims of frequent domestic violence without larger society around them having a clue. The film has two halves. The first half shows dominance of the males and after a sudden incident there is a change of heart among the male members and they start feeling differently for their female counterparts. The more serious second part shows them as caring, sensible and responsible individuals.
Part of the satire lies in the director's introduction of a private enterprise whose employees are named after Hindu Gods. The head of the organization is ‘Brahma’ while the messenger is ‘Narad’. This is expected to boost the satirical and humorous elements of the film.
Actress Manasi Sinha plays the role of the Mallika, the wife of the not-so-successful lawyer Brojeshwar Dutta (Biswajit). She is submissive by nature, dominated by her husband she accepts all decisions taken by him. They have a son named Arka (Saheb Bhattacharya). Ratri Ghatak plays the role of Priyanka who is married to Gautam (Anindya Banerjee). In the course of the film, there comes a alteration in the character of Priyanka and she no more remains submissive. Gautam, whose character at the start of the film will be seen as an insensitive and rude person will also be seen undergoing changes in personality and becoming caring for his wife. Arka is the only male character in the film who believes in the equality of men and women. He will be seen helping his mother in cooking and also taking a stand with her during her difficult times. The film also stars Ridhima Ghosh in a pivotal role.
The film is expected to release around March or April of 2013.
Silajit, Saheb Bhattacharya, Mumtaz Sorcar, Ridhima Ghosh, Sudipta Chakraborty, Paran Bandyopadhya, Kharaj Mukherjee, Shankar Chakraborty, Biswajit Chakraborty, Biplab Chatterjee, Biswanath Basu, Manasi Sinha, Anindya Banerjee, Daminee Basu, Ratri Ghatak
Directed By Utsav Mukherjee
Written By Subhadeep Das and Utsav Mukherjee
Produced By HD Entertainment