Sandip Ray’s "Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy" to Portray Three Genres of Ghost Stories on the Big Screen (Bengali Movie Preview)

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Kolkata, Dec 20, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Supernatural apparitions are having a good time in Bengal. They are currently the luckiest omen for filmmakers of Tollywood Kolkata Bangla movie industry, courtesy of grand success of ‘Bhooter Bhabishyat’. Now riding the trend Sandip Ray is going to come up with his latest project ‘Jekhane Bhuter Bhoye’.

The film is comprised of three stories. Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Bhut Bhabisyat’, Satyajit Ray’s ‘Anath babur Bhoy’ and ‘Brown Saheber Bari’ are the stories which have been selected for the film. There was also a fourth story named ‘Lucknow er duel’ but it was later scrapped as the film was gaining too much length.

Produced by Venkatesh films and Surinder films, the film has an impressive starcast. Three ‘Chatterjee’s’ form the leads of the film. They are Abir Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee and Bhaswar Chatterjee. Besides them the cast also includes Paran Bandopadhay, Dwijen Bandopadhay and Biswajit Chakraborty. Suvrajit and Mousumi will also be seen in major roles.

The three stories are connected with each other through the character of Tarini Khuro played by Paran Bandopadhay. Tarini Khuro tells the stories to a group of children and thus he plays the role of the narrator of the film. Storytelling is out of trend now and thus the film is set in a time frame of a few decades ago.

The three stories are of three different genres of spooky films and thus are expected to present the audience with variation in a single feature film. Sandip Ray expects this experimental format will be loved by the audience.

The length of each story is around twenty to twenty five minutes.

Bhaswar did a cameo in Sandip Ray’s earlier flick ‘Royal Bengal Rohosso’ in the role of Tarit babu. Here in ‘Jekhane Bhooter Bhoye’ he will be seen in a major role. Abir Chatterjee and Bhaswar will be seen in the cinematic adaptation of ‘Brown Shaheber Bari’. Abir had said that the house in which the part was shot is really scary and he fears to imagine what happens there when there is no film unit present.

The shooting of the film has taken place in different parts of Bengal including Kalimpong, Shantiniketan and Kolkata.

Sandip Ray often uses his father Satyajit Ray's memorabilia in his films. This film contains a scene where Bhaswar will appear in a blue jacket which once belonged to the legend.

Sandip Ray is banking on his audience's love for getting scared and thus expecting a good rush to the movie theatres. Though the film will show the stories being told to kids by the narrator, the director feels this is not a film for just children - rather the target audience is young adults.

Detective and supernatural thriller stories have equal popularity. Sandip Ray has been successful with Indian Bangla movie adaptations of detective stories - it is now time to see how he handles a different genre.

Reporting by Prakash Mandal <jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com>



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