PARK STREET Bangla Movie: From the Shooting of the Film about Sexual Assault on Indian Women

Dolon Roy
Dolon Roy

Indian Bangla Movie PARK STREET: Ramen Roychowdhury, Saptarshi Roy, Dolon Roy, Amitabha Bhattacharya and Arpita Baker
Indian Bangla Movie PARK STREET: Ramen Roychowdhury, Saptarshi Roy, Dolon Roy, Amitabha Bhattacharya and Arpita Baker

Kolkata, Jan 31, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): With the recent rise in reporting of rape incidents all over India, the story of the upcoming Kolkata Bangla movie "Park Street" is of special relevance as it revolves around this sensitive issue. Produced and written by Debjani Roy, the aim of the film is to raise awareness among people in Indian society about such incidents and bring offenders to justice in the fourth most dangerous country for women.

Ramen Roychowdhury and Dolon Roy
Ramen Roychowdhury and Dolon Roy

WBRi visited the unit of the film on 30th January while their shooting was in progress at Technicians Studio in Kolkata. Haimanti Sengupta and Jayanta Sarkar were seen enacting a sequence on the roof of the studio. The shot involved Haimanti telling Jayanta Sarkar about her recent transfer to a Maoist area due to her honest way of dealing with a Park Street rape case which was posing problems for many in the high ranks of the police force. Director Partho Mukherjee took various close-ups and mid-close shots of the actors and then signaled the scene to be satisfactory.

Indian Bengali Film Actress Pulokita
Pulokita

Director Partho Mukherjee shared some details of the storyline of the film with WBRi. The plot is similar to a real incident that shook Bengal over a year back.

Mukherjee said, “Park Street revolves around the life of an Anglo-Indian girl named Julie who is a girl next door. She loves to party at night and likes to visit nightclubs. Things take a nasty turn when one night she meets few strangers who offer her a ride which she accepts. She is raped by the strangers and it is from here that the story takes a new turn.”

The next portion of shooting was done a few floors below where the studio was set to a police station. The scene was about identification of the rape victim Julie (Dolon Roy) who comes to the police station for the purpose. The scene saw Ramen Roychowdhury’s character of Barobabu of the police station asking Julie to leave. It is in the next shot that the rapist is identified.

The role of the accused is essayed by Amitabha Bhattacharya. With a scarf wrapped around his neck in the typical fashion of Indian strongmen and sporting a dark T-shirt he was looking right for the role. The victim Julie reacted strongly on noticing the rapist. The director canned the shots very carefully including some mid-close and close-ups of the artists before the sequence was finally wrapped up.

The director was very appreciative of the support given by Debjani Roy, the producer of the film. Mukherjee has previously assisted Milan Bhaumick and other eminent film-makers and feels that his film may have the premise of a rape story but his presentation and treatment of the story are different from the other films made in recent times.

Saptarshi Roy and Pulokita
Saptarshi Roy and Pulokita

Amitabha Bhattacharya
Amitabha Bhattacharya
Amitabha Bhattacharya

Partha Mukherjee
Director Partha Mukherjee

- Reporting by Priyanka Dutta (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)