Aparna Sen Dazzles with Eloquent Book Reading of GOYNAR BAKSHO in Kolkata

Aparna Sen reading the story of Goynar Baksho: An Excerpt

Aparna Sen reading Goynar Bakso at Grand Hotel, KolkataKolkata July 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) A book reading session was held at Hotel Taj Bengal on the 17th of July for the upcoming Bengali feature film Goyenar Baksho directed by internationally acclaimed film-maker Aparna Sen. The innovative book reading session was held to introduce the story and the plot of the film to the attendees.

Actor Arindam Sil started the proceedings by giving an introduction about the event and its uniqueness and then invited the gracious actress-director Aparna Sen to continue the event. Aparna said she had read the original story, written by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, around 21 years ago and has been thinking of adapting it for the silver screen since 1993. Her cinematic adaptation does have some changes in the story, she revealed.

Aparna then narrated her story to the audience who listened with rapt attention. The story covers three generation from a family. It starts with Rashmoni and then moves on to Somlata and then Chaitali.

Bengali actress SrabantiRashmoni gets married at the age of nine but is widowed quickly even before moving in with her husband. She lives with her parents and keeps her Goinar Baksho (jewel box) that she had received from her parents very close to her. As she gets older she becomes churlish and comes to be known as Pishima.

The second generation's story revolves around Somlata, daughter-in-law of Pishima’s brother. Somlata has a very quiet nature and is opposite in character to Pishima. However, Pishima starts getting jealous of her. Somlata’s husband is a businessman and mostly stays away from home. In the meantime a poet falls in love with Somlata but is afraid of expressing his feelings for her. The Goynar Bakso then passes on to Somlata after Pishima’s death and she keeps it with proper care and respect.

Somlata gives birth to a daughter, Chaitali, who has an uncanny resemblance with Pishima. Pishima reappears in a supernatural form and becomes very friendly with Chaitali. The two of them start spending time with each other.

Moushumi Chatterjee and Aparna SenChaitali falls in love with the grandson of a servant, Benu. She also finds the letters that the poet had written to her mother. She then takes the Goinar Bakso from her mother’s locker and replaces them with the letters and a message that reads ‘I am taking what is mine and leaving behind what is yours’. This makes Rashmoni (Pishima) very happy and satisfied as she has achieved what she wanted to.

Mousumi Chatterjee and Konkana Sen Sharma play the role of Rashmoni and Somlata respectively and Srabonti plays the role of young Rashmoni and Chaitali. Saswata Chatterjee, Ranjeet Mullick, Manasi, Pijush, Gargi and Kaushik Roy will be among the cast and crew of the film. Debojyoti Mishra is the music director and Rabi Ranjan Moitra is the editor of the film, which is produced by Shree Venkatesh Films.

Anik Dutta - the director of the landmark Bengali movie Bhuter Bhabishyat, Debojyoti Mishra, Rabiranjan Moitra, Suman Ghosh - the director of Nobel Chor, actors Arindam Sil, Srabanti, Saswata Chatterjee, Mousumi Chatterjee and the other cast and crew members of the film unit were present at the event.

Konkana Sen Sharma, who is currently busy with shooting in  Mumbai, was missed by all. She, however, sent her best wishes for the success of the occasion.

Here are some more pictures from the event.

Kaushik Ganguly & Churni Ganguly
Kaushik & Churni Ganguly

Writer Shirsendu Mukhopadhyay
Writer Sirsendu Mukhopadhyay

Bickram Ghosh and Saswata Chatterjee
Bickram Ghosh and Saswata Chatterjee

Aparna Sen reading the story of Goynar Baksho
Aparna Sen reading Goyenar Baksho

Goynar Baksho team
Team Goynar Baksho

Aparna Sen reads the story of her next Bengali film Goinar Baksho at Grand Hotel, Kolkata
The venue and the audience

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