Multiplexes found my film not niche enough : Shubhrajit Mitra

Multiplexes found my film not niche enough

Chandi Mukherjee18 Aug 2008

Q. Precisely, how many shifts of shooting were there for your debut film? A. We shot it in 12 days and precisely 36 shifts. Q. Don't you think you shot hastily for your first film? A. Not at all. Q. Basically, 80% of your film was shot indoor and in one set. The rest 20% was outdoor, was it Shillong? A. No we shot at Sandak Fu. We drone it for the long trees and basically for the show.

Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited” is the debut film of director Shubhrajit Mitra. After the premiere of his film at Nandan, Kolkata on the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, he spoke to reputed journalist and film historian Chandi Mukherjee.

Precisely how many shifts of shooting were there for your debut film?

We shot it in 12 days and precisely 36 shifts.

Dont you think you shot hastily for your first film?

Not at all.

Basically 80% of your film was shot indoor and in one set. The rest 20% was outdoor, was it Shillong?

No we shot at Sandak Fu. We drone it for the long trees and basically for the show.

Throughout the film it seems the color tone is in very high contrast. Was it done deliberately? At times it looked like digital.

No, it wasnt digital. The high contrast was done deliberately. You must have seen one big painting of Rembrandt was there in the film. The protagonist Rajarshi also referred about that in his dialogue. We tried to capture that light and shade contrast in our frames, so that the frames cooked like paintings.

In your film there are lots of references of Sebastian Bachs magic, Rembrandts paintings, John Dunn, Keats and Jibanananda Dass writings-For whom you have made this film class or the mass?

Definitely for the class.

What is the cost of your film?

70 Lakhs.

Do you think class Bengali audience would help you to recover that amount of money?

In todays premiere show, there were ordinary people also. After the show was over everybody has expressed their feeling, I think they have understood. So Bach, Rembrandt wont be any problem.

Now tell me what is your background?

I was a software engineer. But I used to make documentaries for National Geographic and History Channel.

Why you decided to be a film maker?

When I was a student of the eight standards I saw Steven Spielbergs E.T. And after seeing that film I decided to be a film-maker. Its a long cherished dream to be a film maker.

Who are your favourite film directors?

There are so many. I am a die-hard fan of Steven Spielberg and Satyajit Ray.

Why the multiplexes did not agree to release your film?

They feel that this film is not suitable the niche audience.

Did they see your film?

No.

The why did they comment like that?

Probably they didnt want to release my film as they had big Hindi films in their pipe line. There should be a strict law for releasing Bengali films in multiplexes I believe. Otherwise only Hindi films would be released in multiplexes within a very short time.

What is your next venture?

I want to make an adventure film, meant for the children.

Have you pinned down the story?

Yes, it is a classic by Hemendra Kumar Roy written in 1930.

Wish you luck in your debut film.

Thanks.

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