Rangan Chakraborty is a household name since he wrote the lyrics of super-duper hit daily non-fiction "Rojgere Ginni" five years back. In that song he delivered all his talent and expertise as an ad-man since then he and his ad-company "Graphiti" has produced many unique television non-fiction shows. In the year before last, he made four telefilms, some with seriousness and some with utter fun. He is also associated with a Bengali daily news paper where the readers find his brilliance even in print media. Recently his debut Bengali film "Bor Aasbe Ekhuni" has been released in regular theatres, but mind that not in the multiplexes.
Rangan Chakraborty is a household name since he wrote the lyrics of super-duper hit daily non-fiction “Rojgere Ginni” five years back. In that song he delivered all his talent and expertise as an ad-man since then he and his ad-company “Graphiti” has produced many unique television non-fiction shows. In the year before last he made four telefilms, some with seriousness and some with utter fun. He is also associated with a Bengali daily news paper where the readers find his brilliance even in print media. Recently his debut Bengali film “Bor Aasbe Ekhuni” has been released in regular theatres, but mind that not in the multiplexes. Here is an extract of an interview with the debutant director Rangan Chakraborty just after the evening show of his film in the very first day.
Your first film is already two-shows old. Hope the television has some how cooled down by this time.
Yes, but the number of audience in the first two shows in the city theatres is not much. But I am happy about the reactions of the audience during the show. I expected the reaction and I am proved right. So now I am little bit of relaxed. Hope in the coming days “Bor Aasbe Ekhuni” will be accepted by the audience.
How is the experience of making the first cinema?
Great, I have enjoyed the entire process. The cast and the crew were very co-operative. They never allowed me to feel a newcomer.
But you are not a new comer in the audio visual area. You have done several telefilms apart from your ad- films, then?
But making film is a different ball-game.
You are branded in the society as an intelligent sensible educated person. Have you ever felt that a rom-com film like “Bor Aasbe Ekhuni” may hamper your personal brand image?
Actually in our society there is a real problem of being branded. Yes, no doubt I have an image of an intelligent-educated person. But can any one say that “BAE” is not an intelligent film? You have seen the film; you must have felt that there are many sequences which are not trash, not intelligent. I wanted to make an entertaining Bengali movie, and thats all. I think it definitely gets with my own brand, if there is any. Truly speaking I have no regrets.
Then truly speaking is your philosophy is “Life is total fun” like your film “BAE”?
Look, “BAE” is not a all fun movie. If you closely watch the film you will find that I have raised certain question. The female protagonist, Mitil is trying to live her own life and it is very difficult even today that an educated girl really cant live her own life in this city. She wont get a rented a flat to live alone! The fun part of the story comes later when she decides to become her fake husband so that she gets a rented flat.
“BAE” is basically a romantic movie- with a touch of the late 50s early 60s of Uttam-Suchitra era. Have you deliberately tried to bring back the feel of that romantic period in your film?
“BAE” is a romantic film, but Avik (Jisshu) and Mitil (Koel) are not an Uttam- Suchitra genre. Have you ever found Uttam is cooking meal for Suchitra or Suchitra is driving a scootie in the attire of a bride to meet injured Uttam? The answer is NO. I have tried to make a sensitive love-story. I wanted to show the pain of love.
As a sensitive and a creative person have you ever faced any problem in working in the typical Tollygunge studio-setup?
No, I have told you before that my cast and crew were all very co-operative. Without their fullest co-operation I couldnt make this film at all. I think film making is the cumulative process, its not an individual art- Director only is the leader of the team.
You are an ad-person. Exactly where have you applied your Ad-expertise in your film?
Look, “BAE” is a product. As an ad-person my responsibility was to find different way to make the product viable in the market so that the person who has finance the project gets back his money.
In your film there are eight songs. You are also the lyricist of the film. Do you think song is a vital weapon in making a viable project?
I am a music-freak person. I love songs. But for your information I have not written all the songs. Two of the songs are written by Saran Dutta. Yes, I do believe that song is a very vital weapon. Even I have used songs in my serious telefilms.
Are you not interested to make any serious film?
Yes, but let “BAE” make sensible business first, and then I will think over it. If producers have no faith on my movie making skill, how would I be able to tell them my preference?
Thank you and best of luck for “BAE”