Swami Vivekananda Biopic "The Light" (2013) Opens in Kolkata

Bengali Actor Deep Bhattacharya Plays Swami Vivekananda in
Deep Bhattacharya

Kolkata, Feb 3, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): “The Light”, the new Indian Bangla movie based on the life of  the great saint and preacher Swami Vivekananda released on 1st February. The film saw its premiere at Nandan movie hall in Kolkata - a cultural hub for movie and theater lovers. The premiere had the feeling of a festival on Vivekanada. Director Utpal Sinha, popularly known as Tutu Sinha, was present at the venue to usher in the guests. Deep Bhattacharya who plays the lead role of Swami Vivekanada was also seen meeting people with a politeness that he seemed to carry straight from his on-screen avatar. He was greeting everyone around him with a ‘namashkar’ rather than shaking hands with them.

It was quite clear that Deep was excited about his debut Kolkata Bangla movie though he tried hard to suppress his excitement. He told Washington Bangla Radio, “This is my first commercial film. I come from theater circle and have been looking for a good role to launch myself. Nothing perhaps could be better the larger-than-life role of Swami Vivekananda. I hope everyone will like my performance as I have given my best for this role.”

When asked if any more movies are in the pipeline for him, he said, “I am talking to some people but cannot reveal much before I sign the contracts. Definitely I would like to continue working in big-screen projects.”

Though popular actors like Biswajit Choudhury and Gargi Roychowdhury were not spotted at the premiere, the supporting cast who are mostly debutantes were seen having a gala time at the venue. Also spotted at the venue was senior theater actor Premankur Roy Chowdhury who has played the important role of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa.

The lead cast and crew including Deep, Premankur and director Tutu Sinha were invited upon the stage to speak by the emcee, a well known radio jockey of a Kolkata-based radio station,  to speak a few words about the film. The director said he has done a lot of research on the life of Vivekanada and has tried to uphold his contribution and effort towards building of the nation. He also said that a better time could not be chosen than the one-hundred-and-fiftieth birth anniversary of the saint. He hopes the audience will love to watch the biographical movie on Swamiji who has made Bengal proud in front of the world.

Deep was reluctant to give a speech. He declared he has not achieved the status of doing so. He compared his performance to an examination that he hopes to do well in. He also said honest feedback about his performance will make him a better actor in future.

It was revealed that the film will come up with a Hindi version later this year. An English version is also being planned for an worldwide release.

- Jyoti Prakash Mandal (jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com)