Calcutta, Dec 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The premiere show of the latest film of the celebrated ‘Feluda’ franchise was held at Priya Cinemas on Friday, the 23rd of December. As befitted the release of a much-anticipated, big-budget Sandip Ray film, the evening was a starry affair, with almost the entire cast and crew of the movie attending the show, along with several other actors and noted dignitaries from the Bengali movie fraternity. The screening of the movie was slated to start at 6:45 pm and it was a pleasant surprise to see all the big names and star guests arrive well in advance of scheduled show time.
Director Sandip Ray and his leading man, the much loved Sabyasachi ‘Feluda’ Chakraborty were among the first to arrive at the theatre. Journalists went crazy at the sight of one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed director-actor duo of our times. Saheb ‘Topshe’ Bhattacharya, looking dapper in a black suit, was the next to reach the scene. The young actor was accompanied by his father, Subrata Bhattacharya, former footballer and the current technical director of Mohun Bagan Football Club. The senior man, fondly known as ‘Bablu-da’ to the media, expressed his pride and joy at the increasing popularity as an actor of his son, Saheb. The latter, on his part, expressed confidence that he would give his all to make the role of ‘Topshe’ his own over time.
The guests started to make their appearances soon enough. Cameras (and heads!) turned in unison when Gargi Roychowdhury, in a fetching black dress, made her appearance. The star was gracious enough to agree for a brief interview session with the journalists too. Gaurav, the promising newcomer to the Tollywood industry, was the next to arrive. The arrival of veteran actor Dipankar De was one of the several high points of the occasion. The shutterbugs simply refused to stop, as the clock ticked on to point to the hour when ‘Feluda’ was supposed to keep his tryst with his countless fans (the auditorium was literally packed to the rafters). Paran Bandopadhyay, who plays a significant role in the film, was the final celebrity to arrive at the theatre.
The press meet kicked off with Sandip Ray delivering a short speech to the media, before inviting all the attending cast and crew members of ‘Royal Bengal Rohosso’ on the stage. The mike was handed over to the man of the moment, Sabyasachi, who has, indeed, taken the ‘Feluda’ franchise to new heights. The actor earnestly thanked the audience, who had come out in large numbers to show their support for their favourite screen sleuth. The session was also attended by eminent representatives from Sree Venkatesh Films, who expressed their gratitude to Sandip Ray for giving them the opportunity to produce a ‘Feluda’ movie for the first time.
In a short yet stirring speech, Sabyasachi pointed out the emptiness and grief that surrounded the entire team of ‘Royal Bengal Rohosso’ and indeed, the entire Bengali movie industry, due to the sudden and untimely demise of Bibhu Bhattacharya, who had played the role of the much-admired ‘Lalmohonbabu’ in the film. The actor, who had made his debut in the franchise with the superhit ‘Bombaier Bombete’, had been doing a fine job as the funnyman in the ‘Feluda’ movies and the news of his death (just after he had completed his work for ‘Royal Bengal Rohosso’) came as a shock to one and all. A minute’s silence was observed in the auditorium in memory of this widely respected actor. Fittingly, the movie was dedicated to the late Bibhu Bhattacharya.
The screening of the movie began right on time, much to the delight of the audience. As was evident from what the actors, the producers and the director had to say, this was a movie that had its heart at the right place and placed prime focus on entertaining the numerous ‘Feluda’ fans. We wish the entire team of ‘Royal Bengal Rohosso’ grand success and hope that the movie goes on to become one of the best films of the franchise.
Here are a few pictures from the Bengali film premiere.