Germantown, Maryland, Feb 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Anik Dutta
is the director of the Kolkata Bengali film Bhooter Bhobisshot
which will, in all probability, continue and expand on the spectacular
streak of fabulous Bengali films started last year by a new crop of
smart young film-makers. The story, script and lyrics are also Anik's. Bhuter Bhabishyat
is Anik Dutta's first full-length feature film. Anik is presently involved in post-production for the film.
this candid but informal chat with Subhomoy Mukherjee, Anik Dutta -
who is a renowned film-maker in the advertising world - dwells upon the
similarities and differences between ad films and full-length feature
films, and in his unique witty way describes the challenges and
opportunities drawing similarities with one-day cricket versus test
matches. He also makes it very clear that he never just wanted to make
any film - but wanted to make a film that he would himself love to watch
as well as offer a reasonable chance for the producer to recover the
A shooting still from Bhooter Bhobissot
Anik talks about a remarkable convergence of events that quite
suddenly made it possible to start making his first full-length feature.
With his keen insight, he describes and contrasts various artistic and
commercial aspects of film-making in Kolkata with Bollywood or other
regions in India.
Of course, Anik talks at length about the film Bhuter Bhabishyot
and provides us glimpses of it from the director's perspective. Among
the various old mansions in Calcutta in various states of dilapidation
exists Chowdhury Palace - a property under dispute and pretty much not
cared for other than being rented out to film production companies as a
shooting location. The ghosts who live in the mansion are happy - they
do not complain much about the short disturbances caused by film crews.
Things take a serious turn when a promoter gets control of the property
and plans on demolishing it in favor of a new construction - thus
threatening the supernatural residents with homelessness. Also a film
unit arrives there for shooting, and facing multiple threats including
eviction, it looks like the ghosts have no option but to try to hold on
to their residence with all resources they have.
has all the ingredients of a successful commercial film, says Anik -
used in a humorous way that stands a very good chance of resonating with
the masses. Anik also subtly hints at the presence of deeper layers of
interpretation of the film and welcomes the discerning audience to read
between the lines, though he jokingly says "if I wanted to send a
message, I would have sent SMS' (text messages on mobile devices)".
Anik shares with us his thoughts on attempting to categorize films
(including his own) into urban or rural genres - he correctly observes
it is incorrect to assume folks in rural Bengal are any less capable of
visual arts comprehension than their urban counterparts (the reverse is
probably closer to reality, given all the visually rich performing arts
forms still actively indulged in at the suburbs and villages).
in all, you will spend a wonderful time, as we did, listening to Anik speak in his own erudite and witty way. Please join us in wishing Anik Dutta, his crew and cast, spectacular success and continuation of the
resurgence in Bengali film.
Actress Swastika Mukherjee in a still from Bhuter Bhabishyat