ChorodiniTumi Je Amar was the biggest hit of 2008. The lead pair of the film were new and the director also. But after the huge success of the film, the cast and crew are most sought after people in the Bengali movie industry.
The lead pair Rahul and Priyanka have already been cast in at least a dozen of films jointly or separately. And the dirtector Raaj Chakraborty has been grabbed by the most prestigious film production house the Venkatesh Films. They have produced Raajs second film Challenge to be released on 20th March, 2009.
Here is an excerpt of the interview with Raaj Chakraborty.
ChorodiniTumi Je Amar
Your ChorodiniTumi Je Amar was the biggest hit of the last year. After one year if you look back, what do you think is the key to success of that film?
The story, the script, the treatment, the music, the edit pattern and the performance of the principal cast.
And nothing about the direction?
I just tried to accumulate the best effort of my team mates.
What was your primary intention before you have started shooting for ChorodiniTumi Je Amar?
For at least 6 - 7 months I have deeply studied the present day Bengali films. I wanted to understand the audiences psyche. I found that audiences are very simple but they need something out of the will. So, I tried to do something which is their cup-of-tea. I could have done a cerebral film, but I knew that it wont be accepted by common people. So, I stuck to the same story-telling technique, same love story but delivered in a different manner I tried to incorporate a better look with a better set-better costume and with a sensible screenplay and dialogue. I have seen that the major problem of these days main stream film is the screenplay. It loses sense every time. I tried to incorporate a little bit of sensibility and taste.
So Challenge is a bigger challenge to you?
No doubt of that. I have proved that I can make saleable films. So this time when every other director is following the steps of ChorodiniTumi Je Amar by making teenage love stories, I deliberately avoided the path. I was determined not to repeat the theme and style.
Were you in an experimenting mode with yourself?
To some extent, but I was sure I am in the right track.
What have you done in Challenge that you did not in ChorodiniTumi Je Amar?
No the basic premise is the same. Sensible screenplay and dialogue with bit of taste which is lacking in todays main stream. In dont want too much experiment.
N. K Salil has written the screenplay, what was your brief to him?
I at first myself wrote the one liner of the film. Then I gave it to N. K Salil and told him exactly what I want. He is an amazing man. Even today our industry doesnt know what this man can deliver. I salute this genius.
Your approach to the other departments was the same?
Yes. I told Jeet Ganguli what kind of music I want. I told Rabi Ranjan Maitra what type of edit pattern I want. But they are all very talented. It is them who have made my film.
What kind of film is Challenge? Another love story?
No its an action comedy.
How is Dev?
Just see. Nobody has tried till date in action comedy with Dev. He was stated as a chocolate hero of the industry. For the first time I have used him as action hero. His eyes are beautiful and I have used his eyes.
How is his comedy?
Brilliant. I wanted to change his identity so that audience get a new Dev. If I make a film with Mithun Chakraborty I would never use him in the way he is usually used. I would use him as he in used by Buddha Deb Dasgupta in different attire and in a different mould.
When would you do a different kind of film?
Definitely not with my third film. I will do the same kind of film again. But definitely I would do my kind of film from the fourth one, when my producer will be able to keep faith on my kind of film. Till my third film it is my exam period. I have to prove my caliber. I have proved I am able to pay back the producer.
Are you ready with your third film concept?
I am toying with some ideas, not yet finalized.
Thank You Raaj, and good wishes for Challenge?