Germantown, MD (Washington Bangla Radio): Film-maker Dr. Kamaleshwar Mukherjee whose next Bengali film URO CHITHI is being awaited by Bengali movie lovers across the world talks to Arijit Chakraborty of WBRi in this up-close, informal and intimate interview.
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URO CHITHI is a poetic phrase, and the film has a fascinating storyline based around the contemporary culture of text messaging (SMS) over cell phones. The story revolves around various incidents that occur while the owner of a mobile phone deletes old text messages. There are around a dozen sub-stories in the film, each associated with a text message on the cell phone - the little incidents together covering a span of around one year forms the subject of the film. The protagonist works in one of the myriad of cheap IT services export shops in India, and also focuses on the impacts of the currently ongoing phase of economic recession in the developed world on such workers.
The star cast of URO CHITHI includes Locket Chatterjee, Sreelekha Mitra, Bishwanath Basu, Rajatava Dutta, Rudranil Ghosh, Swastika Mukherjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Reshmi Ghosh, Sudipta Chakraborty and others. Locket Chatterjee plays Sudha, married to Bishwanath Basu's character. Sreelekha Mitra plays Raka, the wife of Indraneil's charater who has an extra-marital affair with a girl played by Tanushree.
Tollywood actress Locket Chatterjee
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URO CHITHI is currently in shooting stage, and production is expected to be complete towards the end of 2010. The script of URO CHITHI is written by Kamaleshwar, too.
Kamaleshwar is a medical doctor by training. He studied at the Calcutta Medical College and was a practicing doctor for around ten years. During his professional stint as a doctor, Kamaleshwar was also heavily involved with Bengali group theater - Kamaleshwar used to write, direct and act in Bengali stage plays very actively for two of his own theater groups. He also worked closely with the famous Theater actor, director and playwright and National Award Winner Arun Mukherjee and his acclaimed drama troupe Chetana.
This strong theater background eventually led Kamaleshwar to venture first into short films (after a brief stint with computer graphics) and subsequently into full-length feature films.
Somewhere around this time, Kamaleshwar and Amit Sen (WBRi exclusive interview) - the acclaimed ad-film maker and director of the Bengali film NATOBAR NOT OUT - developed a deep friendship, and Kamaleshwar worked with Amit Sen as an assistant director for a long time, learning a lot about ad-film making. Natobar Not Out is written by Kamaleshwar and as Amit Sen said in his interview with Washington Bangla Radio, when Kamaleshwar read out the script to Amit Sen, Amit was immediately interested and the seeds of Natobar Not Out were laid.
Kamaleshwar says he as a person is pretty unromantic, and it was quite interesting for him to be able to write a romantic-comedy.
Kamaleshwar also became closely aquainted with his other mentors Sumit Ghosh, Pankaj Sen (editor and audiographer), Debojyoti Mishra - music director (WBRi exclusive interview) so on.
Listen to Kamaleshwar Mukherjee talk about his background and his films online on Washington Bangla Radio on-demand audio service by pressing the Play button in the player at the top.