Kolkata May 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The official press meet of Bangla film ‘Koyekti Meyer Galpo’ produced by Daag Creative Media and Algos Entertainment took place at the Princeton Club in Kolkata on the 11th of May, 2012. Members of the cast and crew were present at the event and spoke at length about the film.
The film is a take on contemporary society and boasts of well-known faces in the largely female cast including Raima Sen, Locket Chatterjee, Parno Mitra, Tanushree Chakraborty, Mumtaz Sorcar and others. The film also features the debut of actress Nimisha Dey Sarkar (Interview). At the press conference, the cast and crew spoke of the many experiences during the making and elaborated on the underlying theme of the film.
WBRi caught up with director Subrata Sen [Interview] and a candid exchange of words and ideas ensued. ‘Koyekti Meyer Golpo’ narrates the experiences and travails of escort girls who frequent the high society of Kolkata. The nature of the subject demanded artistic liberation for a total exploration and the director was somewhat pleased that the film managed to pass the Censor Board with a minimum of cuts.
Speaking about film censorship, Sen is of the opinion that although censorship of some degree is necessary to alleviate public outrage, it often becomes a hindrance to the artist’s creative pursuits. “Characters and situations need to be constructed keeping a vague sense of public morality in mind. As such, the entire system dampens the spirit of an artist”, said Sen, not without a feeling of disappointment. We cannot agree more!
Another interesting aspect of the film is the experiment with the narrative structure. The film will unfold in non-linear time, and the director hoped that the audience would be excited with an unusual exposition of the story. Sen was quick to cite sources from Hollywood and world cinema that served as inspirations for his experimentation. While Quentin Tarantino’s iconic ‘Pulp Fiction’ was an obvious influence, Sen also credited Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar for the sensitive portrayals of his characters on screen.
Actress Nimita Dey Sarkar
Speaking about the film, Sen said that the female characters in ‘Koyekti Meyer Golpo’ are social outcasts and the film attempts to sensitize the audience to their compulsions and hopes. With regards to his personal goals as a filmmaker, Subrata Sen does not deny that he primarily wishes for greater audience receptivity. His foremost goal is to ensure that all his films are distributed and released theatrically. In this respect, he feels that he is not in the league of other independent auteurs such as Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee - Interview), who would be glad to showcase his film at international festivals and strive on a low-key, yet independent idea.
During the music launch of ‘Koyekti Meyer Golpo’, Chandan Roychowdhury - the music-director - spoke of valuable inputs from the director during music composition. Discussing the choice of music for his film, Sen said that he borrowed from the pop music scene of the 80’s and 90’s as he felt it went well with the mood of the story and characters. He also maintained that the pop genre was employed with very little success in Bangla cinema. With such innovations and experiments with style, we hope that “Koyekti Meyer Golpo’ translates well on screen.