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Michigan, USA, March 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed singer, actor and director Neel Mukhopadhyay is well known for his songs and acting performances in films and on television. Encouraged by the recent refreshing developments in Bengali cinema where modern film-makers are constantly upping the bar with new story lines and directorial talent, Neel debuts as a feature film director with his first full-length Bangla movie for the silver screen titled "Ghente Ghaw Ektu Onnorokom". In this informal chat with Bidisha Bagchi, Neel describes his motivation for picking up the director's hat and describes what the film is all about.
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Though Ghente Ghaw is Neel's first feature film, he is not unfamiliar with the director's chair. He has previously directed two tele-films (for Rupashi Bangla channel) before commencing on the big-screen movie project. The film which is now titled Ghente Ghaw was already in the works before Neel took the helm, but had run into trouble with the producers wanting greater adherence to the comedy genre - a challenge that Neel did not hesitate to take up when opportunity presented itself. Neel describes the tight sufficient nature of comedy in his film and his effort to not overdo it.
As you can tell from the title itself, "Ghente Ghaw - Ektu Onyorokom"is going to be different from an outright comedy flick. Neel talks about the significance of the name of the film and why he chose the title from the other candidate name "Shotti Holeo Golpo". The film is about acheivements of young people after they run away from home, and music has a big part in the movie with one of the songs incorporating the words of the title in its lyrics. In fact, Neel talks about the songs and their situations and musicians multiple times throughout the interview, thus indicating their importance.
Neel shares some enticing clues on what the modern mostly-mainstream film completely shot in Kolkata is about. Three young men - aspiring to become an actor, a painter and a politician - leave their homes taking with them their grown-up pictures so that their parents are left with just some childhood photos! They rent a home and a turbulent story begins to develop with the landlord and three modern girls who have also taken up rooms in the house. When a fourth girl who is poor, needy and beautiful enters the house, the plot gets really interesting. Numerous entanglements and snafus follow, the evolution of which you have to watch in the film.
Among other ongoing projects, Neel is also appearing in Anjan Dutta's new Bomkesh Bakshi film "Abar Bomkesh" and Ashok Vishwanathan's Shantiniketan. Here is wishing Neel Mukherjee great success with Ghente Ghaw Ektu Onyorokom and his future projects.
Ghente Ghaw... Ektu Onyorokom (Bengali, 2012)
Star Cast: Arpita Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Rudranil Ghosh, Kanchan Mallick, Saswata Chatterjee, Paran Bandyopadhyay, Dolon Roy, Apala, Dona, Sotakshi and others; Prosenjit Chatterjee (cameo)
Writer : Rudranil Ghosh
Screenplay: Padmanabha Dasgupta and Rudranil Ghosh
Director: Neel Mukherjee
Producer: Indranil Das
Banner: Suraksha Agrotech Industries Limited