Kolkata, Sept 02 : Referring to Bengali’s penchant for narratives, thespian Soumitra Chatterjee says that is why the Bengali cine-goer has invented a colloquial synonym ‘Boi’ (Book) for referring to films.
Speaking at the script launch of the blockbuster Belaseshe in book form, the legendary actor recalls, “Even before I joined films we had always been familiar with the term Boi meaning cinema.
“Besides the narrative part, another reason could be books had been the major and important source for film subjects in past,” Soumitra says.
Amazed at the popularity index of Belaseshe, which is on rising graph all over the country, Soumitra says, “It is one of the rare films not inspired by any book.”
“Belaseshe, the blockbuster in which me and Swatilekha (Sengupta) are a part of, has instead inspired a book on the subject which is a reverse flow and unprecedented to me,” the Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, having been associated with directors from Ray to Tapan Sinha and Mrinal Sen and Tarun Majumder, says.
Superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee, turning up in Belaseshe’s director duo Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay-Nandita Roy’s next film Prakton opposite Rituparna Sengupta, says he has to bear the burden of expectations of Belaseshe.
“Whatever good happens in Bengali film industry we all will share the joy and celebrate. Even if I am not the part of the cast and team it is my success too, We need feel good vibes for this industry very much,” Prosenjit says.
Elaborating, he says, “In my recent visit to Mumbai it was a matter of pride for me when everyone I came across talked about Belaseshe.”
“And it seems Belaseshe will continue to have Houseful board in theatres for months till one day the distributors may have to take it off to give berth to other films,” Prosenjit, having ruled the Bengali film industry for over three decades, says in jest.
‘Feluda’ Director Sandip Ray says Belaseshe can be a Bible for future film makers in Bengal including him and the script by heritage publication house Mitra-Ghosh should be part of the curriculum of film school.
Sandip himself adheres to the narrative form explored magically by his father, maestro Satyajit Ray in his Feluda as well as other films.
Shiboprosad dedicates the book launch event to late writer Suchitra Bhattacharya whose literary works had inspired him to make many celluloid ventures though Belaseshe had been reinvented from a successful theatre production and not a Suchitra story.
“Suchitradi even complained why I did not take the story of her fiction Belaseshe which incidentally shared the same name with my film and was keen to attend the screening. She passed away before that,” Shiboprosad rues.