Whenever the month of December comes, we eagerly wait for a film from Sandip Ray as it has been the ritual for the past 3-4 years to release his film during Christmas as he wants to make the most of the festive season so that more and more families can watch his films as they are meant for the whole family being wholesome family entertainers. While in the past a few Feluda films and Hitlist have been released, this year’s film will be an exception.
Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy, Sandip Ray’s latest film is far removed from the world of detective films or a thriller like Hitlist and is in fact a ‘comic’ ghost film. Sandip Ray has a weakness towards Saradindu Bandopadhay and his father’s short stories and maybe since ghosts are the flavour of the season, why not make such a film now? That is why he has made this film which is based on 3 short stories-Anathbabur Bhoy and Brown Sahaber Bari written by Satyajit Ray and Bhoot Bhabishyat written by Saradindu Bandopadhyay. A fourth story,’ Lucknower Duel ‘ also written by Satyajit Ray which was supposed to be part of the film has been omitted at the last minute as the director wanted to keep it within 2 hours.
Each of the stories is completely different and Tarini Khuro, the popular story teller,a character created by Satyajit Ray acts as the link betwen the 3 stories though he is seen only in Bhoot Bhabishyat.
The first story, Anathbabur Bhoy(Satyajit Ray) is about Sitesh(Subhrajit) who works for a newspaper and goes to Raghunathpur to his friend’s house to get charged up, but comes across Anathbabu(Dwijen Banerjee) on the way. Anathbabu is a character whose life has been spent researching ghosts, trying to discover them, know them , feel them, see them yet till date he hasn’t come across a single ghost! He has also landed there to sight a ghost in a haunted house belonging to the Haldars. Sitesh is quite excited and is curious, however before he knows he encounters the ghost of Anathbabu who dies a similar death like some one else before him!
Brown Saheber Bari is about two friends which are played by Abir Chatterjee and Bhaswar Chatterjee. Abir’s character is unmarried, a bookworm and loves to collect old books, diaries, etc . He comes across an old diary which is more than 10 years belonging to John Brown where he mentions Evergreen Lodge in Kalimpong which used to belong to him and repeatedly mentions a character called Simon whom Brown enounters even after Simon is killed . Abir ‘ s character ‘s curiosity makes him land up in Kalimpong and meet his friend who is a timid character. Both of them and Mr.Banerjee,a tea planter land up at Evergreen Lodge and come across Simon who turns out to be a black cat!
The third and final story, Bhoot Bhabishyat(Saradindu Bandopadhyay) is the funniest and the least scary among all the stories. The story is about a struggling author who lands up in a place outside Kolkata one day to write a novel. However he comes in contact with a friendly ghost who strikes up a friendship and in fact wants a favour from him. He wants the author to help him dig up 100 mohors(gold coins) which he had hidden years back for which he is willing to pay a commission and he also wants the author to give the money to one of his descendants who has fallen on hard times and marry his daughter. The author eventually agrees to do everything according to the ghost and becomes prosperous.
The film is sure to work because Sandip’s filmm always release during the festive season and and his films feature actors who are just perfect for the roles. This is his USP. In this particular film, though everyone performs well, the two actors who rae acut above the rest are Saswata Chatterjee and Paran Banerjee. Well, who else, but Paran could have played Tarini Khuro ? He is the most natural choice. Later on in Bhoot Bhabishyat, he plays the friendly ghost to the hilt and the same applies to Saswata Chatterjee, one of the best actors to have emerged from Tollywood in recent times who plays the author in Bhoot Bhabishyat. The scenes between the author and the friendly ghost are a delight and as this is the least scary of all stories, in fact comic in nature, the audience is sure to like this unusual story the most. Newcomer Mousumi Bhattacharya who has appeared in serials and ads hardly has any dialogues, but seems natural in her bit role. Brown Saheber Bari is actually based in Bangalore, but in the film, the story is based in Kalimpong as a lot has changed in Bangalore now. Also a house where Rabindranath Tagore stayed for some time and is now deserted has been used for the shooting .
The film which has been produced by Shree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films will ensure that the audience will have a ghostly experience.