Interview - Director Aniket Chattopadhyay On GORAY GONDOGOL (Bengali, 2012) Comedy Movie and Future Plans

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Aniket Chattopadhyay, Director, Goraye Gondogol (Bengali, 2012)Kolkata, February 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Aniket Chattopadhyay, who has already tasted box-office success with his first two directorial ventures (‘Chha-E-Chhuti’ and ‘Bye Bye Bangkok’) returns to the studios of WBRi and chats with Arijit Chakraborty about his upcoming movie ‘Goraye Gondogol’ and the next film he has been plannig to direct for some time now.

The conversation kicked off with the interviewer exchanging cordialities with the ace director. When asked how he was doing, Aniket Chattopadhyay showed off his humorous traits by retorting ‘picture release-er aagey jotota bhalo thaka jaay’ (he was as fine as any director could be before the imminent release of a movie!). The director admitted that it was only natural for filmmakers to be nervous about the fate of their movies (for, it is nearly impossible to predict which films will be lapped up or rejected by viewers!). However, Chattopadhyay pointed out that there is a distinct paucity of comedy films in the contemporary Tollywood industry – a factor that would work in favor of his movie. As the director correctly stated, a fun film (or, for that matter, a ‘Feluda’ film!) arrives only once a year and that alone ensures that movie buffs would flock to the theatres to catch such movies. Chattopadhyay revealed that he is not unduly tensed about his film’s release and expressed his belief that ‘Goray Gondogol’ would be universally liked by the audience. In other words, the film would surely create some ‘Goray Gondogol’ at the box-office.

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Aniket Chattopadhyay’s earlier films have always carried subtle social messages in their content. The director, however, stated that, he had never made a deliberate attempt to incorporate pertinent social issues in his films, which were always meant to be entertaining flicks. Chattopadhyay also added that, he generally tried to convey certain things to his viewers via the films he made (and he was certainly successful in this regard in his previous films!). Making full-on ‘porashuno korano’ (educational) films, however, were a strict no-no, as far as Aniket Chattopadhyay was concerned.

A scene from Kolkata Bengali Movie Goray Gondogol (2012)
A scene from Goraay Gondogol

The conversation now moves on to ‘Goray Gondogol’, the latest (and highly-anticipated!) directorial venture of Aniket Chattopadhyay. The director revealed that ‘Goray Gondogol’ will make an attempt to portray the lives of the ‘suburban fringe characters’ (or, ‘prantik choritro’-s, as Chattopadhyay described them), who are rapidly growing in number in the contemporary society. Turning philosophical for a brief while, the director stated that no one chooses to become pickpockets, kidnappers or prostitutes out of their own free will and are often a victim of their surroundings and circumstances. Indeed, many such people have wonderful hearts and are way more frank and less hypocritical than so-called sophisticated, high-class individuals. These people seldom get the chance to showcase their good sides in life and this issue appears as a recurring theme in ‘Goray Gondogol.’

The discussion now turns towards the main cast and crew details of ‘Goray Gondogol’. According to Aniket Chattopadhyay, the film relates a simple enough love story between ‘Rik’, a well-to-do software engineer and ‘Paula’, a charming and gullible young lady. The character of ‘Rik’ (played by Rahul) does not, however, any proud family lineage to speak about – a matter that does not go down well by ‘Paula’s father (played by Dipankar De). In the confusion and melee that ensues, a kidnapper (Rajatava Dutta, under the innovative screen name, ‘Ghulam-e-Mustafa’!), a movie ticket-blacker (Saswata Chatterjee), a pickpocket (Rudranil Ghosh), an illicit liquor trader (Kharaj Mukherjee), a prostitute (played be Locket Chatterjee) and a bag-lifter (Koneenica Bannerjee, with the interesting screen name ‘Limca’!) get involved. The director said that the movie dealt with the various ways and avenues via which the leading couple of the movie gets out of this mess, with the help of this motley (but extremely interesting!) group. Chattopadhyay displays ample confidence in the screenplay of the movie, confidently stating that ‘Goray Gondogol’ would keep viewers hooked to their seats right till the very end of the film.

Given that Aniket Chattopadhyay is a proven master at making movies belonging to the comedy genre, it comes as a slight surprise when the director says that ‘Goray Gondogol’ would be the last in his series of comedy films (at least for the time being!). Being a political analyst, news editor and activist himself, Aniket Chattopadhyay had always wanted to make a political film. His next film, accordingly, would deal with the grim world of contemporary politics, military affairs, gun-brandishing people and violent encounters with more gun-brandishing security forces that have indeed become part and parcel of everyday life in certain parts of Bengal and surroundings. The director is forthright in stating that, all his political beliefs will be portrayed in his next film.

The interview drew to a close with the interviewer thanking Aniket Chattopadhyay for taking out time to discuss about his upcoming films with WBRi. The director revealed that he had been…hold your breath…washing utensils (!) when the call from Washington Bangla Radio had arrived. Surely the director deserves all the more appreciation for being a master filmmaker and an efficient manager of household chores at the same time!

Here’s wishing the entire team of ‘Goray Gondogol’ all the very best. May the movie have a (very!) long run at the theatres and may Aniket Chattopadhyay realize all his filmmaking ambitions over time.

Guest: Aniket Chattopadhaya, Kolkata, India
Host: Arijit Chakraborty, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Article: Penning Creations, Kolkata, India
Audio Recording, Editing: Supratim Sanyal, Washington DC, USA

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